Main & Huron

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11:30 p.m. Scrub-a-Home truck with on-board power washer being used to remove obnoxious advertising painted on downtown sidewalks. Operator said city is having him remove the ads due to numerous complaints. Also said the ads were more than just chalk and would not have come off in the next rainstorm.

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  1. By Leah Gunn
    July 30, 2009 at 6:38 am | permalink

    I am happy to see that the City has required them to do this. The ads were truly ugly, and I was at a meeting with Council Member Briere on Saturday morning and remarked on them. We were both of the impression that they were, indeed, chalk, and would wash off. is bad enough without desecrating our downtown!

  2. By Ruth
    July 30, 2009 at 7:34 am | permalink is experiencing technical difficulties.

    Followed a link from the Chronicle to about the legality of sidewalk chalk…..and this is what I found.

    Quite the understatement.

  3. By Elyse Rubin
    July 30, 2009 at 8:12 am | permalink

    Good. As far as I’m concerned it’s vandalism.

  4. By Rusty
    July 30, 2009 at 9:44 am | permalink

    They ought to be forced to reimburse the city for the cleaning. they seem so in favor of the income tax since the city supposedly can’t meet all it’s obligations. Well, they just cost the city more money and ought to be fined for it.

  5. By Steve
    July 31, 2009 at 12:35 pm | permalink

    During a recent stroll, I found it ironic that every time my eye caught one of those sidewalk ads stating that “ was here” there was nothing there.

  6. By Alan Goldsmith
    July 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm | permalink

    Interesting article online in Editor and Publisher today about the vandalism: Link

  7. August 1, 2009 at 10:56 am | permalink

    Local ad agency re:group claims credit for spraypainting chalk-based paint on our sidewalks. Their blog states:

    “As the media agent for the new local on-line news media,, re:group reached out to the local audience where they work and play. We wrapped buses, spread the news on the sidewalk with chalk messages, took over the local mall, hired a plane to fly a banner over the largest U.S. art fair and engaged pedestrians as our bike ads were cycled through Ann Arbor. For, we’re takin’ it to the streets!

    Link to re:group