Beauty. It's in the eye of the beholder. Portland blogger Jack Bogdanski doesn't like the "Yes on 49" signs that are cropping up around Oregon. He says, they look bad – contributors to visual blight.
Well, to me and most of our neighbors, they're gorgeous. Because they're intended to save our state from something really ugly: Measure 37.
About a week ago I picked up five bundles of Yes on 49 signs. They're the brainchild of signmeister David Adams, a follow-up to his Measure 37 "Fix It or Nix It" campaign. (The "Yes on 49" campaign also has lawn signs.)
This bunch went up on neighbor Wayne's property. He lives right across the street from a proposed 42-lot Measure 37 subdivision.
Lots of people in the area have water problems. Wayne had to replace his well after it went dry. He isn't wild about 42 new wells sucking water out of the aquifer he depends on. Especially when independent experts say there isn't evidence of enough water to supply the subdivision without harming current users. (But the subdivision was approved anyway.)
After taking that photo I crossed Liberty Road and snapped a shot of the groundwater limited farmland that Measure 49 would protect by limiting the Measure 37 claim to three home sites. The rest would be great for growing grapes.
Brother blogger Jack, I feel your pain about roadside signs. My wife and I hate billboards. Yet here's our Lake Drive frontage, plastered with Yes on 49 urgings.
Come November 7 I'll take them down. Hopefully with a big post-election smile on my face. Until then my artistic assessment is:
[Update: Dave Adams' "Yes on 49" sign campaign got some good publicity on a Eugene TV station yesterday. Check out the KVAL story and video here.]