I have heard that many signs in Albuquerque, including the aforementioned, (in DCF discussion "The Huge Arrow at Whole Foods on Carlisle: What's the story?"), Arrow at Indian School and Carlisle, are protected now by some City ordinance. I have been searching for more info on the city's website, but only found a history of signs
in Burque and nothing about the ordinance or the signs that are protected.
I must assume this is true though, for why else would there be the Arrow as mentioned before, a bowling pin for a Staples sign at Menaul and San Pedro, or a guy that looks like one of the Three Musketeers on the east side of 4th St, north of Griegos who used to promote a motel called The Cavalier, but now makes me wonder if the school has a pool. What I heard about this ordinance was that structurally the signs can not be changed, but they may be painted differently, like the old Leo's Liquor sign at 12th and Candelaria, (pictured), that has become the sign for the new Medicine Chest. The sign had to stay...the same - but different.
Another of my searches of old signs in Albuquerque landed more historic nostalgia and some of our other suspect signs
, like the bowling pin and the Aztec Motel on Central. There is even a picture of the old El Vado motel sign on Central not too far from the river and Old Town, and "The Westward Ho" (which begs me to wonder if they are westward). There are many of these signs all over town.
Does anyone know about this ordinance? Don't you wish someone would repaint that Musketeer?