RALEIGH — City Planning Director Mitchell Silver was strict but sensitive when it came time Wednesday to enforce the rules against posting a sign without a permit.
He praised a civic-minded guerrilla campaign by graduate student Matt Tomasulo, who put directional signs at downtown street corners to promote the act of walking. Then, gently but without apology, Silver said the signs would have to come down.
"You have to go to the City Council for an encroachment permit, and it’s something we can authorize," Silver said. "But you can’t just put up signs."
Each sign is simple: an arrow, a destination and the time it takes to walk there. And there’s a special scan code that pulls up directions on your smartphone.