Thursday, February 09, 2012


Ellenville, New York

I guess it might be hard to find a ready made sign that reads, "flagstone path closed." It wasn't readily apparent why this shortcut across a vacant corner lot with ornamental grasses and stones should be closed. The hazard-warning-orange plastic chain is a nice touch, though.


Markus said...

Carl, I don't know about the situation in the U.S., but here in Germany it can happen that you are assigned a certain responsibility for example for accidents if you do not forbid crossing your parcel.

Besides legal aspects, I like the graphics.

Carl Weese said...

Markus, that's an interesting thought. It looks as though it was set up to be a mini-park. If the corner lot is still in private hands someone could have done this and then discovered there was a liability issue.

Juha Haataja said...

Really well spotted! I wonder where is the shop that sells these signs. And how they decide what signs are worth making.

Carl Weese said...

Juha, signs like this can be found in any large hardware store. No Trespassing, For Sale By Owner, Apt For Rent, etc. Since I would expect that closing a sidewalk would be a municipal decision, I wouldn't think there'd be much retail market for this sign. But then, it can get complicated. In most municipalities it is the property owner's responsibility to keep the sidewalks clear of snow and ice in the winter, not just in cities but in small towns that have sidewalks. But if the sidewalk is crumbling and needs to be repaired or replaced, that is the municipality's job. Go figure.

Novelty ready-made signs are sold as well. I've been to several drive-in theaters that had signs of this type that said, "Trespassers will be shot, survivors will be prosecuted."