Controversy over the locations of the ‘Cleveland’ script signs

CLEVELAND - They are Cleveland's number one spot for photo sessions and selfies.

The Cleveland script signs that highlight the city skyline at Edgewater Park, the Northcoast Harbor, and Abbey Avenue in Tremont.

But an ordinance keeping the signs at their locations caused quite a stir at City Council Monday night.

"What it did is open up Pandora's Box," said Ward 8 Councilman Mike Polensek.

Polensek was among the councilmen who questioned the locations.

"Why is the east side left out of the equation? We see the fancy script at Edgewater Park on the city's west side but when it comes to the east side Metroparks, nothing," said Polensek.

It's a sentiment that those who live on the east side agree with.

"It's sending a message to us and our residents that we are not important and we are not a place to visit," said Polensek.

"Three strategic locations were selected for installations based on the volume of pedestrian traffic, easy accessibility to interact with the installation and an iconic Cleveland backdrop. While we explored locations throughout the City, we were unable to finalize an east side location that met the criteria within the 2016 timeline. We hope to install an additional Cleveland script sign in 2017 and are thrilled with the response to the signs," said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Destination Cleveland in a statement Tuesday.