May 31, 2009

Signs of the ugliest street in America. This is a mural outside a "smoke shop" around the corner. Nothing says the great outdoors more than smoking up. Just a few feet west is another mural. This one for a porn shop. There's a nudie bar sandwiched between these two locations. Not all things on Speedway are ugly. This is a nice wrought iron door at an air conditioning company. The no parking sign is directed at the youngsters who park along Speedway on the weekends to show off their cars and socialize. A great American rite of passage. A sign company is using a bus to display their work. Nothing goes with fishing gear like a good tattoo. This fellow was working on an old sign. I'm not sure what he was doing. No neighborhood in the work-class areas of Hooterville would be complete without a car-title or payday loan place. Tomorrow, the walk back down the other side of the street. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


tut-tut said...

Payday loans is just a euphemism. They should be outlawed.

Is that you on Twitter, or an imposter?

Megan said...

I like murals.

Barbara said...

Don't you wonder who keeps all these people in business? Our main drag near where I live looks similar, so it's not just in Hooterville!

R.L. Bourges said...

Given the size of the ...cigarette in the first mural, I figured the clouds to be puffs of smoke.

The parking signs in front of the second mural - useful, in case anyone missed the point.

Beautiful wrought iron work on that door - beauty in strange places, yes?

Ugliness too: that Tucson Seat Cover sign has got to be one of the ugliest pieces of signeage on record. But if you look beyond, the moutain country outside town must be gorgeous.

Loan sharks - knew one lady in Florida who was so deeply in debt with those people she literally didn't have a penny to her name.

More tomorrow, huh? Wonder what the other side of the street will reveal.

Cheers from Graulhet.

R.L. Bourges said...

(I see I forgot to switch accounts here and on Mouse's blog. Hi, Merle, this is R.L. Bourges in Graulhet.)

Bella Rum said...

I kind of love that a nudie bar is "sandwiched" between the smoke shop and the porn shop. Brings new meaning to the term one stop shopping.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Speedyway is ugly at all, but it feels lonely, like a place to pass through. It reminds me of emptiness even though things are placed here and there. They appear to be plunked down rather than built from the ground up.