Maureen Feighan, Detroit News staff writer
It's a long way from the Vegas strip. But Grosse Pointe Woods' crackdown on neon signs along Mack Avenue has the community lit up over whether they're tacky or tasteful — and who gets to decide.
City officials are taking a hard line on neon business signs, enforcing a ban imposed eight years ago that gave businesses with existing signs eight years to comply. But a handful of businesses are fighting back, mobilizing a petition drive to repeal the ban on the next ballot.
They say businesses are struggling enough without making it harder for them to stay afloat. And some wonder why the city isn't spending its time and resources on more important issues.
"Everyone is upset," said Alan Domzalski, owner of Elan's Candies with his wife, Valerie, who are spearheading the petition drive to gather 1,300 signatures to put the proposed repeal before voters. "It would've been really easy to turn off my sign. It's just a sign. But it's aboutRead More »from Grosse Pointe Woods businesses all lit up over neon sign ban