One of the wonderful things about living in Oak Cliff is how we work together to improve our turf. Neighborhood Associations, civic organizations, churches and everyday folks work together to revitalize and preserve our part of Dallas. We plant trees and flowers, we promote the arts and preserve historic homes, we fight graffiti.
In the midst of all our hard work, we get a dose of urban blight, on steroids.
Anytime Fitness has blanketed Oak Cliff with signs on medians and at intersections.
Anytime Fitness is breaking the law. Every sign that we have seen is ILLEGAL. They’re on public rights-of-way and medians, a violation of the city’s sign ordinance.
Signs (Section 3, 7A-16 and 51A)
It is a violation of the City code to post any signs (notices, posters or other paper devices) on a utility pole, lamp post, shade tree; public structure or building or on the City’s right-of-way or median except as may be authorized or required by law. This includes garage sale signs.
Saturday, Gentle Ben and I drove to the grocery store and then to Staples at Chalk Hill before returning home, a distance of about 6 miles. We counted 42 of these butt-ugly signs from Anytime Fitness. At Westmoreland and Fort Worth, six signs cluttered the intersection.
Today, we drove to church and encountered more signs: they’re all along the medians and sidewalk areas of Westmoreland from Clarendon to Kiest. Same thing on Cockrell Hill Road. What a mess.
We’ve reported the violations to Code. Here’s hoping they do a sweep and remove every one of these signs. And wouldn’t it be nice if they could collect removal costs from Anytime Fitness? Perhaps we could lobby our City Council for such an ordinance. Those who mess up our neighborhoods should pay to clean them up!
BTW, the corporate headquarters for Anytime Fitness is in the town of Hastings, Minnesota, where there’s a very strict sign ordinance. The signs that are cluttering our neighborhoods would NEVER be allowed in Hastings!
Signs can create traffic hazards, aesthetic concerns and detriments to property values, thereby threatening the public health, safety and welfare.
The city’s zoning regulations have, historically, included the regulation of signs in an effort to provide adequate means of expression and to promote the economic viability of the business community, while protecting the city and its citizens from a proliferation of signs of a type, size, location and character that would adversely impact upon the aesthetics of the community and threaten the health, safety and welfare of the community.
Cliffies, perhaps you’re going to give someone the gift of a membership in a fitness center for Christmas this year. Or perhaps you’re thinking of joining a fitness center in January to work off the holiday pounds.
Please remember to patronize fitness centers that are GOOD NEIGHBORS. Don’t spend your money in places that dis our hood. Pass the word, OK?
Anytime Fitness forgot to post their phone number on their signs. Imagine that. The number here in Oak Cliff is 214.331.5331.
A call to Anytime Fitness Corporate Headquarters is toll-free: 1-800-704-5004