So, if you attend the Weinland Park Community Civic Association meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at the OSU Schoenbaum Center at Summit and 7th Avenue at 6:30 P.M.* and are a resident in good standing you can vote on the proposed new neighborhood signage.  You may notice that option “I” is the sign used in the rest of the Short North and wonder well, why not just use that one since we live in the Short North and are arguably the most real part of the Short North? However, we’ve been through this before:

Well, it’s still because the Short North Foundation thinks including Weinland Park in their Short North via matching signs will lower their property values even though they’re not even sure where the boundaries to the Short North are located. But, by having some new signs designed and having residents vote and hope, fingers crossed, that they don’t pick choice “I” everyone can rest easy knowing that poor black and white people will continue to live somewhere else, in name anyway.It’s just a different sign and even though almost no one calls the place Weinland Park that isn’t the point.  So if a different sign gets picked than the rest of the Short North it’s really not a big deal –  you know – separate but equal. Separate being the operative point.  But we’ll have signs now. So don’t get too excited about being cleaved off from the rest of the neighborhood. And it’s nice that we in Weinland Park get a choice in how to marginalize our own neighborhood. However, most importantly, why should Weinland Park be graphically, literally and figuratively designed and delineated by another neighborhood organizations racial and class prejudice? Historically, covenants and restrictions drove the neighborhood into decay in the first place. Why repeat it? The Short North Foundation is just practicing 21st century redlining by graphic design. And they know it.

And don’t forget, if it’s not a class and race issue then don’t forget to raise your hand at the meeting and ask why we don’t get the same sign as the rich white people who took the name of our neighborhood?

And attention neighbors: Whatever you do, don’t pick one that says established in 1920. Although that might be the year the park was constructed the neighbor was already here for 50 years so let’s not short change our history with a fake establishment date. The only thing 1920 has to do with the neighborhood is it’s the first year women could vote in Weinland Park.

*Bring dish and your holiday cheer if you like, it’s the neighborhood holiday potluck.

Because we live in the historic Short North too your local blogger recommends choice “I” with all subtitles and accoutrements that the rest of the Short North neighborhoods have on their signs.