Painting house numbers on curbs Crimes & Incidents, posted by Jim, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2007 at 12:01 pm
I see a guy coming down my street with a clipboard and some spray paint. He already painted a number on the curb of a house accross the street. Do you need a permit for this? If he rings my bell, is he going to ask me for money? Can I dispatch him with extreme predjudice?
Posted by jack, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2007 at 12:42 pm
You don't have to deal with these people, they have never given me any trouble when I've just said no, but you can make a case that it's a safety measure for emergency vehicles to have a highly visible number on the curb.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2007 at 12:57 pm
A few years ago, a boy scout troop offered to do this for our neighborhood as a fundraiser. Some chose to, others did not. A very efficient job was done for a fair price and there were no problems. I chose to go with this project because I agree with the safety/emergency practicalities of this plus I think fundraising by people who actually want to work or do a useful job is much better than buying cookies.
Posted by Anamika, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2007 at 7:59 pm
We were approached by such a person about two years ago. He gave me the 'emergency vehicles' theory first and kind of pretended he was with the City (With terms like 'City requires this etc'). When I questioned him about the City part and asked his id - he said that he was an independent contractor .. and that he worked only with cash.
He started out with $40 for both the edges (verticle and horizontal) and then gave me a final offer for $15. I declined to get the numbers painted - he came back after one hour and offered to do this at $10 .. by then our front side neighbors had gotten it done. I paid $10 cash - two months later, after the first heavy rain, the paint washed off.
Posted by TC, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2007 at 10:03 pm
I would LOVE to have someone reputable come by and paint our house number on the curb. We're on a flag lot, way off the street, and people have trouble finding our house. The number has been painted on the curb a few times over the years (nearly 30 at this address) but it's pretty worn off now.
I wish there was someone I could call who I knew would do a good job. Seriously, I would pay decent money for this. I should really just do it myself.
Posted by Edward Franks, a resident of the Palo Alto Hills neighborhood, on Sep 17, 2007 at 9:31 am
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I have had my curb painted three times over the years without a problem and these were normal people just trying to make a living and provide a service. None of the paint washed off like the above stated. Paint is paint and my curb id's last about five years and not a bad investment for $ 10 cash and personality I don't give a damn if they pay taxes or not. Every ninute lost in response time a love one will lose 2 million brain cells and reduce their change of survival by 10% every minute.
Posted by Suzan, a resident of Mountain View, on Sep 17, 2007 at 9:39 am
What a shame to put fear into people about someone trying to make a living the best way they can. Anyone can come to your door and be a problem (sales person in a suit, worker saying they work for the city etc.). I have had a homeless person paint my address numbers on my curb for several years. He comes by about every 2 years, is polite, clean and does a wonderful job. I have had neighbors comment on how great mine look and he has done other jobs as a result. He, as there are in all towns, people who cannot work in the general population for reasons we cannot understand, this does NOT make them worthless people. This homeless person is doing a job, in all kinds of weather, to make ends meet for him. Too many people turn their backs on those we don't understand. I feel good inside knowing I am helping someone, in any way I can, no matter what he spends the money on to help him get by in life. Since I now donate to the homeless shelters every year. I had to use EMS and they responded very fast and I can't help but wonder if the curb address was responsible since most of the addresses in my neighborhood cannot be seen. Maybe some of you should take a look at yourselves inside as to how kind you should be to your fellow man!