Feeling Clean and Safe in Downtown Toledo

Last Friday, while making a sweep of sign posting for Occupy Toledo, I had an encounter with the Clean and Safe Patrol.  Apparently, the Clean and Safe Patrol is an arm of the Downtown Improvement District, Inc., a 38 block area in downtown .  An uniformed man riding a bike grabbed the sign I was posting in the middle of posting it.  He declared that this was defacing property and that they would take the signs down as fast as we could put them up.  I don’t know if that was meant to be some kind of challenge or something, but I just went about my , as they apparently went about theirs.  In this regard, we’ll just have to let the signs speak for themselves.  Oh, by the way, the signs were bright yellow with simple messages such as “no ”, “stop ”, “stop ”, “abolish ”, “stop ”, “Justice for Danny Brown“, “end ”, and “end corporate .” forbid that we pollute ventures with simple messages of social .

Being a former resident of Dearborn, Michigan, I can’t help but be reminded that the motto Keep Dearborn Clean had to do with way more than trash and graffiti.  Keeping Dearborn Clean was really a not-so-subtle code word for keeping blacks and Arabs out of Dearborn.  My with the Clean and Safe Patrol seems to have more of a slimy and fascist feel to it than the clean and safe feeling to which they seem to be aspiring.  But hey, if we can’t have , we should at least have a clean and safe facade in which to conduct our businesses.

I suspect that will be a creator for the Clean and Safe Patrol.  Maybe we can get a grant or something from the Lucas County Port for such development.  I suspect not.  Nevertheless, operation “signs of the times” will continue unabated, and partially abated, thanks to the city of and the Downtown Improvement District’s Clean and Safe Patrol.

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