As reported previously, a store on Melrose Avenue just put up a huge sign reading “FUK U.” The commercial property owner of the location has received complaints about the signage from neighbors. Here is an e-mail response he sent out:
“Hello everyone, I am Sammy Younai the owner of 7721 7723 7725 7727 and 7729 Melrose Ave. I also owned and operated a store called Hide Out for over 15 years. I do not believe its a good idea to give them (fuk u) a hard time, this is Melrose, cool, funky,and different. I remember years ago tourist coming here to see the punks with purple hair and the alternative crowd. I think that any store operating and staying open on Melrose is better than another empty store with a for lease sign on it.”
Of course, Younai is not really addressing the main issue here. We haven’t heard anyone express concerns about the sexually-related products this store is selling. And most of the store’s neighbors, both residents and businesses, want to see a thriving retail stretch on Melrose. That’s why we have been working hard together to upgrade and improve the Melrose Village neighborhood.
What upsets people is the enormous obscene signage on the front of this building – which is inappropriate for a mixed, diverse neighborhood.
By the way, we have noticed that the obscene signage is lighted up at night. So everyone walking or driving by will see the obscenity – 24 hours a day.