Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Boston Commission Gives Landmark Status To Iconic CITGO Sign In Kenmore

(FenwayNation Photo)
The Boston Landmark Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday night to grant "landmark" status to Boston's iconic CITGO sign—which resides just outside Fenway Park. While we vigorously protest the parent company that owns the sign (the dictatorial regime that currently rules Venezuela), the classic neon display in Kenmore Square is undoubtedly one of Boston's cultural gems. The vote by the Landmark Commission is another step in the process to fully protect the sign from removal by developers. There had been concerns that the sign would be threatened by plans to redevelop the buildings beneath it in Kenmore Square. When the Commission had earlier recommended this landmark status designation, it stated that the sign had "become a cultural symbol to the people of Boston that goes far beyond gasoline." Indeed. And far beyond despots and developers as well. Good work, Boston Landmark Commission!