city of ann arbor’s new sign ordinance

Notice to small business owners in downtown Ann Arbor: the city has a new sign ordinance, Chapter 61, that regulates signs and sandwich boards, because the bureaucrats who run our fair city have nothing better to do with their time than to make life even more of a struggle for already struggling small businesses. I have just been issued a Notice of Code Violation that prohibits me from putting out my sandwich board on the corner of Ann/4th Ave and the metal sign I place in the garden outside my store. The city administrators were eager to give Google several hundred free parking spaces to encourage that corporation to open an office here in Ann Arbor, yet just as eager to let small businesses know they don’t give a damn about us. If this pisses you off, please write your council reps to let them know they should be supporting us, not making it harder to stay in business!