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Sidewalk Trash

I have to say it is fun to watch the GOP in Congress go after each other.  Cong. Liz Cheney is doing her best to promote the truth while the majority of GOPers in Congress continue to kiss Donald Trump’s arse and support his lies.  I love it.

I don’t know about this.  I don’t think they are needed.  I don’t think they are a right fit.  I think they add clutter.  I don’t think they are helpful.  Here is this from the Chron today:

City Council on Wednesday will consider a plan to install up to 125 interactive digital kiosks around the city, a proposal that has drawn support from city officials who tout the advertising revenue benefits and opposition from some who equate the kiosks to sidewalk billboards.

If approved by council, the city would have Ohio-based IKE Smart City LLC install at least 75 kiosks within the next three years, focusing on commercial areas with heavy pedestrian traffic. The kiosks, which are designed to resemble massive smart phones, would display dining, transit, event and lodging options and provide free Wi-fi and 911 access, among other features.

The city would receive 42 percent of the revenue generated from digital advertisements displayed on the kiosks, providing an estimated $35 to $50 million over the course of the 12-year contract, according to the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Under the agreement, IKE Smart City would guarantee a minimum payment to the city of $11 to $16 million over the 12 years, depending on the number of kiosks installed.

City officials would have the option to extend the contract for another 10 years, in two five-year increments, if IKE Smart City meets certain performance goals. The company would pay for installation of the kiosks without using any public dollars.

Opponents of the kiosk proposal include Scenic Houston, a nonprofit that helped push for the city’s 1980 sign code that bans any new billboards. In a letter sent Friday to Andy Icken, the city’s chief development officer, Scenic Houston Executive Director Heather Houston said the board “strongly feels that the digital kiosks constitute digital billboards with a primary purpose to advertise.”

Icken disagreed, arguing Houstonians and tourists would find the kiosks helpful in navigating the city.

And this:

At-Large Councilmember Sallie Alcorn said she plans to oppose the change to city code, along with the IKE Smart City contract, because the kiosks will add clutter to city streets.

“These kiosks will be placed in the pedestrian realm, and I don’t feel sidewalks are the best place for digital advertisements,” Alcorn said. “There’s been a concerted effort for many years to make Houston a more attractive city. I believe these kiosks run counter to that effort.”

Here is the entire Chron article: Houston council to consider plan to erect up to 125 digital sidewalk kiosks for share of ad revenue (houstonchronicle.com).

Commentary is with Council Member Alcorn on this. I must have missed where H-Town City Hall fixed all of our problems so now they are into sidewalk kiosks.  This is kind of out of date. I find it hard to believe that the H-Town Mayor actually thinks sidewalk trash is a good idea. Oh, well.

There is a new Texas poll out today that has President Joe Biden’s number better than Gov. Greg Abbott and other GOP state elected officials.  I am not surprised.  The GOP bungled the pandemic and want everyone toting a sidearm in public. 

My “Wizard of Oz” wall calendar for the month of May has a picture of Glinda the Good Witch of the North with the quote “Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?”

My Beatles calendar has a 1964 photo of the four with a reference to their first USA number one hit single “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

We start a three games series in the Bronx today.

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