Las Vegas, Oklahoma City are often confused

Former Edmond Mayor Saundra Naifeh doesn't want too many electric signs in her town for fear it would start looking like Las Vegas or worse — Oklahoma City.
By Carrie Coppernoll Published: September 25, 2010
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Somewhere north of Memorial Road, a jagged city limits line maps out the edge of danger. It charts the division between tranquility and chaos. Between calm and madness.

Go too far south and you might be distracted by a flood of blinking neon. It blocks out the stars at night and frightens children during the day. It's a beacon of excess and tackiness.

Or wait — was that Las Vegas?

Well, whatever. I mean, Oklahoma City and Las Vegas are pretty much the same city. The only difference is the time zone.

The confusion comes up all the time. In fact, it came up during a meeting of the Edmond Sign Ordinance Committee.

"I am not afraid of us looking like Las Vegas," former Edmond Mayor Saundra Naifeh said during the meeting. "I am afraid of us looking like Oklahoma City. We have a higher standard."

The seven-member committee has been discussing this issue for the past couple months. Right now, Edmond bans electronic signs. Except for a few gas stations. And some restaurants. And the ones that tell time and temperature. But other than that: no electric signs allowed. Except for one that was grandfathered in. But that's it.

Most of the committee agrees that electric signs are OK. They'd like to see limits on size, motion and brightness, though. But Naifeh doesn't want things to go downhill: "We spend a lot on landscaping. We put a lot into the aesthetics in Edmond."

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