It was hard to miss the full color posters wrapped around every Muni utility pole along the entire stretch of West Portal Avenue. “Second Sundays Ocean Avenue” read the headline. If you took the time to stop and read the entire poster you would discover that a variety of events were planned for the Second Sunday of the month at various businesses on Ocean Avenue. Even though this type of advertising is illegal and cheapens the image of West Portal it seemed to be no big deal to business owners on West Portal. I didn’t notice a single pole where these posters had been removed even though the intent was to draw away customers to shop elsewhere.
These posters state clearly, underneath the invitation to sign up for an email list, that this event is “Presented by Ocean Avenue Association” which is the Ocean Avenue CBD. Everyone should take notice. This is Ocean Avenue acting as a single entity to bring more business to their corridor. West Portal has a chance to do the same thing but the question remains, if the business and property owners will utilize the opportunity to do so or ignore it like they did with the posters.
Brand new posters for the next three months of Second Sundays just went up today. I wonder how long it will be until they are removed. As part of the West Portal CBD proposal, notices and posters like these would be removed from utility poles within a matter a days. In this case it would solve two problems at once.
Take a look at Ocean Avenue.