If Vanderbilt wants to give Smith Street a run for it's money, some of the street's businesses need to step up their games. The block between Park and Prospect, for example, is severely blighted by several craptacular signs and awnings.
First of all, The Met, which has long had an ugly storefront, recently got even worse when the M from MET sign was blown off in the tornado. I noticed yesterday that they've now draped a plastic MET sign down over the old sign, creating a stupid 3D effect. It looks dreadful. Hopefully it's temporary.
And then there's the hair salon on the Southwest corner of Vanderbilt. Since when did hanging a plastic tarp with your establishment's name on it from the metal girders of a former awning count as a ok? This doesn't seem to be temporary because it's been that way for about a year.
And, who can forget, the "Beacon House of Hope" on the Southeast side of Vanderbilt. Not sure what this place does, but for years they've had a fading maroon awning that gives the address as "Vanderbuilt." During the hail storm a few months ago, this awning was completely shredded. Now all that's left is the ravaged frame. Maybe they plan to replace the awning but I haven't seen any sign of it. That corner now looks like a street corner in London, after the Blitz.