Protest Posters Getting Removed

by Prince Of Petworth — December 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm 16 Comments


While I’ve admired these posters in the past it does really upset me when I see workers straining to have them removed. This one is from 18th Street in Adams Morgan near the old Carribou Coffee spot. I wish there was a designated spot for protest posters. I used to have to remove grafitti for my town (Rockville Centre, NY represent) and it was a huge pain in the ass (not court ordered, just a summer job). I felt so bad for this guy scraping away the poster that was not coming off easily.

Where, if anywhere, should these posters be allowed to go? Do you think there should be something like a designated protest poster spot or does that sorta defeat the purpose?

  • i’m not a fan of the posters either, but creating a designated space for protest smacks of some pretty undemocratic things that have happened in recent years:

    read here and here

  • Anonymous

    Protest Poster? What are they protesting? Personally, I think they add color to a city and don’t mind them any more than I do band posters, movie posters, billboards, obey giant, or other forms of “we live in a city where your eyeballs looking at things are valuable”–which is to say not at all. While no one would pay to have these funny posters put up anywhere, it would be great if metro would sell a little more advertising to help bridge their budget gap rather than raising fares or cutting service—of course, for some reason I could see people getting upset about it.

  • Yeah, what exactly is/was that poster protesting? It just looks like someone blew up an old x-ray specs ad from a comic book and pasted it up there.

  • Anonymous

    Are they protesting that they aren’t handed their money on a silver platter and instead have to engage in guerilla marketing to build up buzz for the soon-to-be-released compilation book?

  • ontarioroader

    Yeah PoP, didn’t you post about a year ago about an advert similar to this down on 14th around T St? I think we figured out it was guerrilla marketing by some ad agency from Vermont.

  • E-Rich

    That sounds pretty unenforceable. People post signs where they think they’ll be seen. I doubt they’ll go around the corner, down the street three blocks and fight for space on a crowded public when there’s a perfectly good utility box or side of a building to use.

    I just wish the city would do something to enforce the poster rules we talked about here a while back. I like seeing ads for marches, and whatnot, but not for events that happened six months ago on a weather-beaten sign that just makes a neighborhood look like trash.

  • Pennywise

    Sure they should be regulated and removed, and the company responsible should be fined, but I can’t imagine that happening here. Together with litter and graffiti, these are not priorities for the city. Note the guy cleaning is from the Adams Morgan Partnership, which is one of the business improvement districts set up to meet local needs in lieu of DC government providing those services. These BIDs can do some of the clean up, but the larger law enforcement issue can only be done by the city, which generally declines to do so.

  • Anonymous

    I find these posters a lot less offensive than the 30+ ghost bikes (the “art installation” ones, not the singular memorial one) that littered Dupont Circle over the summer.

  • Crin

    Political posters make us stronger. If they’re corralled into some designated space, then the ones posted outside those free speech zones are even more important.

    The yellow poster and the round poster to the right both support immigration rights. The X-ray glasses are a spoof on how anti-immigrant folks believe they can tell citizenship status just on looks.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why people care so much about graffitti and posters when the most polutive thing is adversting signs.

  • Anonymous

    These (and other) posters are advertising. Don’t you see that? Or is that you just don’t like advertising being done by big bad corporations, and would rather it be done by people before they are hired by / become themselves big bad corporations.

  • Crin

    Show me the profit margin in these political posters, then we can talk advertising.

  • TaylorStreetMan

    It’s vandalism. Plain and simple, regardless of the importance of the message.
    Sheppard Fairey (the Andre the Giant vandal) is an A-hole.
    Borf is an A-hole.
    Whoever plastered that X-ray Vision poster is an A-hole.

    Someone else said it earlier: “It makes the neighborhood look like trash”.

  • Anonymous

    you said potato, I say potato,
    you say vandalism, I say art.

  • TaylorStreetMan

    @Anonymous 3:36pm:
    “you say vandalism, I say art.”
    OK, then. I call on everyone here to take their paint buckets, magic markers, lame-ass posters, protest march announcements, band flyers and every other conceivable piece of “art” and completely plaster Anon’s house and car with them.
    Anon, would you be so generous calling it ‘art’? Or would you be on the phone to the cops?

  • dirty city

    it’s both vandalism and art – they’re not mutually exclusive. creating a legal venue for these posters is pointless, they will continue to be posted illegally. i love this stuff and would like to see more of it. it makes the neighborhood more colorful and interesting.


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