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City workers have removed two Donald Trump honorary street signs near his downtown Chicago hotel and condominium tower, The Associated Press reports.
Mike Claffey of the city’s Department of Transportation said the signs were removed from their posts near the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Sunday. He told the Chicago Sun-Times that he doesn’t know what became of them.
The latest removal of Trump honorary street signs comes about two months after a third Trump honorary street sign in the area was stolen.
Last month, the Chicago City Council voted to strip the honorary designation from the President-elect because of his characterization of Chicago as a war zone” during his campaign.
The massive Trump sign on the hotel, which has been an ongoing source of contention between the president-elect and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, remains hard to miss. The letters in Trump’s name are 20-feet tall, perhaps rivaling the size of his ego.
Blair Kamin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic for the Chicago Tribune has validated the mayor’s criticism.
“If this sign was in Atlantic City or Las Vegas, nobody would care — but it is in Chicago, and in a part of Chicago full of great buildings from the 1920s to the 1960s and onward,” Kamin said in June 2014. “None of the other towers have signs on them.”
Trump responded as usual, blasting Kamin as “a third-rate architectural critic.”
Although the tacky sign remains, a local architect is pushing for the installation of four giant pig balloons to block it from public view.
That should spawn some tweets.