Recent Pole Advertising on the Junction Strip.

A few readers may know this blog loves pole advertising of local businesses because of its local roots and ability to communicate right on the spot.

 

 

Today fine showcase brings a gym and a great design store from the Roncy area.

 

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  1. Raymond says:

    There are special places on and near bus shelters put up especially for posters yet we still have this crap plastered all over every utility pole. Such an unsightly mess does nothing to enhance the desirableness of the area. I NEVER do business with anybody who advertises in such a manner.

  2. A.R. says:

    I think that street postering is excellent for helping grassroots organizations and pretty much every “little guy” get his or her message out there to the community. I have a lot of respect for this ancient form of urban expression. However, it should be regulated. When every street pole is covered in dozens of posters, the aesthetics of the street are degraded as the posters deteriorate and more get slapped on. People stop paying attention to the messages when the streets are oversaturated with posters.

    There should be designated places where you can poster and more special street furniture for it. There should be ample opportunities to poster. But there needs to be a sense of control in terms of postering to maintain aesthetics and cleanliness in the city.

  3. AJ says:

    I can’t believe you can say you would NEVER support someone who advertises in such a way. So instead you will go to the yellow pages or google and do a search and call the first or second person who pops up. Someone who can afford to get their names in the google search, someone who essentially needs your business less than the poor guy, or gal, or kid, postering in such an unsightly way. The history of postering goes way back and the practice was initially used in anonymity to protest against oppressive governments in Europe. It was the only way poets and artists could “speak” without landing in prison. Today I see these “unsightly” posters as an urban art form. I call the people who put these posters up, I go to their concerts, I buy their art because I know they live right around the corner. I know I am supporting someone local and therefore my community as a whole. The posters, and I tell you I like to see a lot of them, makes me feel like I live in a vibrant community with stuff going on.

    If you don’t want to see the unsightly mess move to the burbs. I was driving through Oakville on the weekend. All hydro poles clean as a whistle. Maybe you’d like to live there?

    • junctioneer says: (Author)

      Please don’t buy art because someone “art because I know they live right around the corner” it does them no good and stops them gaining the communication skills to a greater practice. It is impossible for a full time artist and by that I mean someone own only income is from art to create a reasonable income on par with the required studio costs and income. Lending a helping hand is best done in a resident artist program.

      Buy art when it tells you you need it, believe me that move the artist.

    • A.R. says:

      Why do you assume that the city has to be messy to be vibrant and artistic, though? The city should be vibrant, artistic, beautiful, and clean. Postering should happen in a way that doesn’t degrade aesthetics. We should celebrate and enjoy the vibrant and artistic side of the city, while being cultured and having standards for cleanliness. Oakville wants that dichotomy of trashy and vibrant (stereotype of Toronto) versus sterile and dull (stereotype of new suburban cities) because they know that lots of people like the latter. To truly be great and remarkable as a city, you must have a polished and clean public realm while still having posters, art, and lots of people walking the streets. That is what satisfies the greatest number of people.

  4. AJ says:

    This is just a matter of opinion. I like posturing. I think it benefits a great deal of people. I do not have a standard of cleanliness that would make me enjoy or dislike the Junction any more or less. I have been here for 25 years and do not feel like the streets need to be cleaned up to make my life better.

  5. AJ says:

    i meant to say postering….autocorrect

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