A good portion of the posts on the popular blog Coconut Grove Grapevine emanate from blogger Tom Falco walking around the streets, taking pictures of things he doesn't like, and then complaining about them online.
Apparently, Falco has run out of things to complain about, because now he's angrily typing off about a sign put up to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, a children's charity that helps 5,000 at-risk and underprivileged children in our community each year.
Apparently a sign promoting the work of the charity went up along side a building at the Mayfair shops in Coconut Grove, and Falco is livid that a charity dares to ugly up his beloved neighborhood in a post titled "What's next, a Calvin Klein underwear model?":
It doesn't look that large here, but it is huge. I would say about 20 or 25 feet high, something stupid like you would see on those downtown buildings. The hazard stripes on the poster make it even worse. This is the route that every single tour bus takes to enter the Village. Is this the first impression toursts get now of Coconut Grove? That we are closed for business and under construction? That's the first impression I got. Actually, my first impression was that Mayfair was condemned or something. I really did. Then I read the sign closely.
I think it needs to come down now. Since when do we allow big billboard type signs in the Center Grove?
Here's Big Brothers Big Sisters mission, according to their website:
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The Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact.
Sounds like they're doing more than making you look sexy in your underwear, unlike Calvin Klein, but apparently some are more worried about the look of their community then the children in it. Perhaps though they can find a way to promote their good work in a way that doesn't dare harm the precious aesthetic sensibilities of the touchy, privileged complainers in the bubble of Coconut Grove.
Update: Here's Falco responding to criticism of his stance on Facebook: