I've seen a number of communities that have dictated to landlords and store owners what rules their awnings and signage should follow to help maintain the feel of a historic area. These are usually understated yet tasteful designs that caught the eye, look inviting and made one react with "what's that store?" Downtown New Ro has a hodge podge of awnings and signage. Some of these are fairly dirty and run down and more of an area that has seen better times. This not a welcoming sight to visitors and pedestrians. It causes more of a "what a dump, let's go to Larchmont or Mamaroneck, instead." I don't need to see pictures of old New Ro to see the beauty of the buildings beneath the modern facade as I've actually stood on corners just looking up. I think we need to make that more visible and inviting.

Posted in: All Placemaking Ideas, Community Services
Tagged: Businesses, beautification, history