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Missing Neighborhood Sign Found

by ARLnow.com April 21, 2011 at 9:29 am 2,373 27 Comments

A granite sign that went missing from the side of Columbia Pike has been found.

The sign (shown above, before it went missing) was placed on the east end of Columbia Heights to announce to drivers that they were entering the neighborhood. On Tuesday we reported that it had disappered.

Christine Nixon, chief of the county’s Neighborhood Services Division, said someone may have tried to steal the sign and then simply gave up.

“Parties unknown at present unscrewed the sign and left it lying in the median,” Nixon said in an email last night. “It’s really, really heavy so I’m assuming that they tried to lift it and couldn’t. Our keen-eyed folks at [the Parks Department] noticed the sign lying there and picked it up and took it to their storage area. So we are going to reinstall it shortly with bolts that can’t easily be unscrewed (and maybe a more attractive rear view).”

The sign would have cost $900 to replace.

  • Eponymous Coward

    Mystery solved. See, Scoob, I told you it was the old caretaker.

    • TMP

      And I would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids and your dog…


    Justice prevails. FREDTERP

    • V Dizzle

      Steve Holt!

      • Chad

        Haaaha! This makes me laugh every time.

        STEVE HOLT!!!

  • JamesE

    How heavy? and what is the estimated street value?

  • YoBimbo

    Huh. A $900 sign to identify a neighborhood.

    • Homey D. Clown

      That includes the cost of the embedded telescreen.

  • SoCo Resident

    Thank gawd it was found, safe and unharmed.

    • Dan

      Ah, but the stories it could tell about its time in captivity……

  • Rizzle

    Just paint the back of it black. $3.99 of spray paint will do the job fo all the signs. There — I be saving tax payers $500, yo. Word to your mother.

  • Puggy

    Our long, national nightmare is over.

  • Hunkles

    They could rip out the granite counters from the kitchens at the government building and use those as replacements.


    Is there anything people won’t steal?

    • The Pikester


  • KalashniKEV

    It probably would have cost $15K to replace after a security study and possible alternative courses of action, an environmental impact study, and with a new contractor to design, build, and install.


    Anyone notice the Myerton Condos ad at the top of some of the pages?

    It says “$94,100 REWARD for not living in Ballston or Clarendon”

    I think thats pretty funny and imaginative for a realestate sign!

  • LyonSteve

    The sign cost $900 but $14,100 to install.

  • Arlingtron

    I suppose someone was interested in replacing their kitchen countertop but changed their mind when realized that the decor wouldn’t support “Columbia Heights Neighborhood” in big letters. Solution for backside: “Thank you for visiting Columbia Heights Neighborhood … and leaving our sign.”

    • me

      Haha! “we like the design…. the counter-tops just aren’t us…”

  • Nina

    RIZZLE,that’s a great idea! Spray paint the back of it!

  • BoringDan

    Why is it on the wrong side of the road?

    • CrystalMikey

      I don’t think there’s any room for it on the other side.

    • AVer

      Because if it was on the other side, it would be in Penrose.

      • FrenchyB


  • MNature

    Nice grass.

    • Savvy



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