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The Re-Erection

As a prelude to our theatergoing experience last night, my sis and I had a little dinner at Ping, a new Chinese-fusion place in what was once Portland's thriving Chinatown, but from which almost all the Chinese restaurants and businesses have, sadly, fled.

One of the waiters at Ping wore an eyecatching T-shirt with a vertical...something on it and the prominent phrase "RE-ERECT".

Turns out that there's a campaign to restore and re-install the colorful and utterly tee-hee inducing, 40-foot high sign from one of the old-style Chinese restaurants that, honest-to-god, was a fixture in the Chinatown of my youth:



HFL Sign
I wish they wouldn't undo that black spraypaint fillip there at the bottom, but I suppose they'll have to.



I don't know for sure, but it probably doesn't hurt that Old Town/Chinatown is, to some degree, Gay Entertainment Town these days. But anyway, the campaign to restore the sign seems to be succeeding.

And that is a very good thing.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.

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roseambr
Jan. 24th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I remember eating at Hung Far Low's. It was one of the best Chinese places down there, when that was THE place to have Chinese food. Hilarious that they are working to bring back the sign, a landmark much more eye catching than the leaping reindeer, in my opinion.
emeraldsedai
Jan. 24th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! And likely to attract a very different kind of tourism.

As someone else here commented, that sign has a kind of cheerful bad taste. It will offset the unbearably gentrified air of the Pearl quite nicely, I think.

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