Get sandwich boards off sidewalks

In response to Sandra Storey’s “JP Observer” piece (“JP streets: The orderly and the ugly,” July 22) that pointed out that City-planted trees and their “pits” use up too much sidewalk width and obstruct pedestrian traffic, I would like to suggest a faster solution. The City should enforce its law prohibiting sidewalk sandwich-board advertising signs. An increasing number of the stores on Centre, as well as South Street, put these signs out in front of their shops, blocking much-needed walking space. I watched an elderly woman the other day trip on one of the signs as she tried to share the walk with a mom pushing a stroller. Enforce the code and open up more pedestrian right of way.

Anastasia Lyman
Jamaica Plain

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