What should be done about ‘ghost signs’ in St. Louis City? - KMOV.com

What should be done about ‘ghost signs’ in St. Louis City?

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St. Louis residents are debating what do with "ghost signs" old ads on buildings that pre-date the Great Depression. Credit: KMOV St. Louis residents are debating what do with "ghost signs" old ads on buildings that pre-date the Great Depression. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Officials and residents in St. Louis City are debating what do with ‘ghost signs,’ old advertising signs that are scattered on sides of buildings.

Many such signs were used to promote businesses before the Great Depression.

“A lot of the ghost signs we have in downtown St. Louis refer to the garment hub of the Midwest and then we have the Garment District from 10th Street all way down to 18th Street,” said Jared Opsal with the Downtown Neighborhood Association.

There is a debate underway about what should be done with the signs, either to paint over them or leave them alone.

“Residents and small businesses owners are coming together to talk about possibly restoring some signs. Talk about highlighting the history of these signs because they are a piece of art in our neighborhood,” said Opsal.

One resident told News 4 he would like to see the signs restored.

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