Here’s Your Sign

It seems that Commissioner Randy Leonard and some others are all flustrated about the Ikea sign (put up at least a month ago) out by the airport. Jack thinks it’s just more good ol’ boy politics.

I’ve thought about it off and on during the day. I’ve driven past that sign twice a day for the past several weeks and not once have thought it was out of place.

I thought I’d throw this one out to see if I’m the only one who thinks that maybe the problem isn’t the sign, but rather the sign law? Is a single tall sign for a huge retailer inappropriate? Especially when that retailer is located in a retail complex near industrial land?

12 Comments so far

  1. dieselboi (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    i am surprised by the uproar. the sign has been there for awhile and isn’t any larger than the huge HUGE billboards by the airport. i see a non-issue.

  2. Jack Bog (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    To me the real issue is not the sign, but how after tens of millions of dollars of public funds spent on “renewing” that area, all we’re getting is big box retail next to the freeway. That could have happened without the taxpayers paying a nickel. Where did those tens of millions go?

  3. RM (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 12:30 am

    “All we’re getting is big box retail”

    I know you must have wanted another tram that really served the public but there aren’t any hills near the airport.

    All this development could have happened without the public paying tens of millions of dollars but then we wouldn’t have had anything for the Portland development comission to dole out to make themselves feel good.

  4. truth (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    I for one think the sign is ugly. You can see it all the way from the other side of the airport on marine drive. Its like a beacon calling out to you: come buy some particle board.

  5. divebarwife (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 8:58 am

    I got a little giddy when I saw the sign from the plane while flying into PDX yesterday – if it were downtown it would be one thing – but out there it’s fine.

  6. george (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 9:55 am

    as a non car owner, i am excited. i mean, i kinda don’t like IKEA at all, but you know. i’ll be there. takin the max. and my old homeless lady cart. loading it up with outdoor chairs. maxing home.

    anyone really know one way or the other if IKEA would have located to portland if portland didn’t sweeten the deal? i don’t know many IKEAs that are actually IN the city they serve. my best guess would be that IKEA would have prefered a spot up I-5 near the ‘couve.

  7. The Guilty Carnivore (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:26 am

    I love the sign, as it is a harbinger of the availability of efficiently plated meatball entrees.

  8. ElGordo (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    “I love the sign, as it is a harbinger of the availability of efficiently plated meatball entrees.”

    And don’t skimp on the doodlemunch.

  9. Justin (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    Mmmm… meatballs.

    My only problem with the sign is that I didn’t get to watch them unpack all the materials from the uber-efficient, Swedish-engineered packing crates I’m sure they came in.

    Seriously, though, I hardly think it’s fair to lump IKEA in with the other big box retailers. They have an outstanding track record with their employees (especially women) and they’re the only large retailer that recycles those hazardous compact fluorescent light bulbs that have become so popular lately. You know, the ones that are billed as friendly to the environment because the use less electricity, but also contain about 5mg of mercury each?

    And great meatballs.

  10. PAgent (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    You know, I wasn’t even planning on going to Ikea. But all this talk about meatballs has me curious.

    I love me some meatballs.

  11. jimbo (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    This is typical behavior from Randy. The guy will do anything to get his name in the paper or face on television.

    In media circles, he’s what’s called a “facemonster”.

    If he’s so upset over the IKEA sign, I suppose he’ll be griping about the “Made In Oregon” sign. Oh, wait, that’s a Naito family landmark… can’t touch that…

    C’mon Randy… less sizzle and more substance!

  12. Andrew Brainard (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 11:17 am

    The Ikea sign is completely out of place and a stain on the environmental landscape. Shame on you Ikea. You gave no consideration to the historic landscape you just polluted and I hope citizens of Oregon and Washington do not shop at your store until you take that obnoxious sign. Take responsibility for being a good community member by doing the right thing.

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