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Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Pictured in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A; September 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Curious doings: Kendrick Meek postpones fundraiser at Mayor Cooper's house; Alexander Lewy's postage gift from Hallandale Beach taxpayers

Above, two pieces of mail I received recently within
days of each other that had one common
Alexander Lewy
, candidate for Hallandale
City Commission.

One, the yellow postcard from Hallandale Beach
Crime Watch, the redoubt for what are arguably
some of the most bizarre people in the city -and
biggest defenders of the corrupt mindset
City Hall- had its postage paid for by Hallandale
March 5, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

I guess it goes without saying that I've NEVER
given Hallandale Beach mayor Joy Cooper
my email address or asked that she send her odd,
rambling, and largely incomprehensible comments
to me and others throughout the area.

But write them she has, completely out-of-the-blue.
(Or, as my smart screenwriting friends out
in Santa Monica
are wont to say,
"apropos of nothing.")

To me, the reason for Cooper's crazy emails
is a simple one to diagnose: she's an obnoxious
bully and can't tolerate the fact that I and others
in the
community -like many of you- continue
to tell
the verifiable truth about what's really
going on in this city
under her reign of ruin,
and she doesn't like it one

So she sees conspiracies when there are none,
just Americans simply exercising their basic rights.
And does that ever make her angry!
It's what's caused her to lose her cool so much
at City Commission meetings, even more so
than in the past.

Just last month, for instance, at an evening
Commission meeting, while I was just minding
my own business in the back of the Commission
Chambers, video-recording the meeting and
trying to keep awake at what seemed like an
especially boring agenda, she decided,
out-of-the-blue, that she needed to vent.

While in the middle of hectoring Comm. Keith
about something, likely for having an
opinion different than her's, she made a typical
snarky reference to "the videographer" in the
back of the the room.

Yes, she really said that and she really
is that petty
and insecure.

I will try to post that video here soon so you
can see it for yourself.

I didn't crack a smile at the time but truth be told,
I could hardly contain my amusement at Cooper's
latest crack-up, and was almost tempted to pop
her ballon blurt-out the truth, which was that with
such a boring agenda on tap that night, the only
reason that I was there in-person was that there
was nothing particularly good on TV that night
until 9 p.m.
That's it.

I should mention that this was the same meeting
where before allowing Comm. London to speak
on something, she asked him how long he was
going to speak, saying she wanted to know
because she was going to leave the room.
And exit she did.

Slithering away like an angry snake

That's the Joy Cooper School of Incivility
that's so tangibly creepy that over the years,
thru repeated childish public displays, she has
personally repulsed HB residents from even
thinking about attending City Commission
meetings, that they don't, which,
counter-intuitively, she actually likes.

Joy Cooper
is so dis-connected to the reality
of this city and smugly anti-democratic by nature
that she actually believes -and has been heard
saying- that few people regularly showing-up
at these HB City Commission meetings is actually
a positive thing.


Even I was floored by this the first time someone
told me, but I've heard it from so many people
over the years by people with no tangible connection
to one another, or even an axe to grind with her,
that I've accepted it as Conventional Wisdom,
at least to the extent that something like this is
possible here in HB.

Cooper genuinely believes the lack of attendance
is a sign that HB residents are happy and the city
is well-run, which couldn't be further from the truth,
of course, as anyone could tell from a conversation
or two with any concerned residents who pay
attention, or from even a cursory drive around
town, where there is ample evidence that the
longstanding problems that have plagued
City Hall for years are actually getting worse.

Mike Good & Company are actually doing
a worse job than before because this unelected
person and his staff have gotten more brazen
about their spending decisions and general
managerial incompetence, which is scary to

But then Joy Cooper has to believe these grand
delusions of hers, doesn't she?

It's a coping mechanism, since she can't allow herself
to acknowledge the reality that her misanthropic,
thin-skinned personality wrecks civility here
-and where everyone but and her pals is wrong-
and is the real reason that residents of this ocean-side
city stay away from City Hall in droves.

The truth is that Joy Cooper herself is the reason!

In fact, since many of you may not be aware of this,
though I've known it for quite some time, let me give
you some insight into the upside-down world of mayor
Joy Cooper.

She believes -and has been known to tell
- that the fact that so many Hollywood
residents show-up at Hollywood City Hall to
participate and share their opinions at Hollywood
City Commission meetings is actually a sign that
the City of Hollywood is poorly-run and managed
by Mayor Peter Bober and City Manager
Cameron Benson

Incredible but true.

To that I would just say two things:
First, the reality is just the reverse of what Joy Cooper
believes, as any waking person can observe for
themselves, and, two, consider the source.

Even more than people like me simply telling the truth,
though, Cooper can't accept the simple fact that more
people than ever now see thru her preposterous lies,
falsehoods and fabrications, and her smugness and
condescension are now accurately seen by most residents
for what they truly are, instead of foolishly being labeled
Time is definitely NOT on her side.

Personally, I've long suspected that Joy Cooper
and her acolytes and cronies in the community
have mined the city's email alert database for
names and email addresses, and have converted
and used that information for their own purposes,
despite the fact that it's illegal in Florida,
like it is all over the country, to use that info for
any purpose other than for which is was specifically
'Conversion of govt. property' for personal
i.e. the database.

When residents of a city or county sign-up for
an email alert from that entity, say, about Parks
& Recreation, they are NOT giving public officials
permission to use that information for the purpose
of receiving personal emails from them, which
the mayor's have to be, right, since she claims
so zealously that her particular email address is
NOT for city/govt. purposes.

She has to maintain that obvious fiction in order
to maintain the rationale of the city's lawsuit she
initiated against my friend, Michael Butler,
who has also received the same odd rambling
post-midnight emails from her over the years.

(Michael's fact-based website, Change
Beach is at: http://changehallandale.com/
See Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo's
spot-on column about him from October 26th,
2009 here, aptly named,
Score another win for weirdness in Hallandale
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/hallandale/sfl-activist-sued-mayocol-b102609,0,4978569.column )

Yet despite my NEVER having given that email
address to Cooper -and everyone here
that I never would, for reasons
I hardly need
get into here- I have recently
been receiving emails from Cooper soliciting
campaign funds for Kendrick Meek's U.S. Senate

And what do you know, back in 2008, I received
numerous emails at the same email address from
a Boca Raton woman I've never met or spoken to,
who turned out to be Cooper's campaign consultant.
She was actually soliciting funds for Cooper's
2008 campaign!

Sent to me at the same email address, again,
despite the fact that everyone knows I'd NEVER
vote for Cooper, much less, give her a campaign

So, where would she get that email address
and that of so many others in this city who
share my antipathy towards her, who also
have received them?

Curiously enough, over the past ten days, despite
the fact that I have NEVER ever contacted them
before, NOR have I ever received mail from them
before, two separate groups have suddenly chosen
to send mail to yours truly at the same time:
the Hallandale Beach Crime Watch and the
Hallandale Beach Democratic Club, as you
can see from the photo at the top of this posting.

And what a coincidence, both have a connection
to Joy Cooper acolyte/apologist and Kendrick
aide and community hand-holder, Alexander
, who just happens to be running for HB City

One, from Crime Watch, even has a salutary
message from him, despite the fact that in the
opinion of many, including myself, this group has
very little to actually brag about, especially when
you know what their track record actually is,
and where their personal sentiments lie.

It's a track record and public persona that their
members don't like to hear about from outsiders
who can readily see the facts for themselves.

Yes, the same thoroughly loathsome and self-serving,
back-stabbing Alex Lewy I wrote about in some
detail last Fall in emails to many of you, where I
connected-the-dots on his documented past creepy
behavior and loathsome words.

Frankly, to simply call him a jerk and be done with it
is to lose sight of what he is really all about.

And guess who just happens to be sending out mail
from Crime Watch that HB taxpayers are forced
to pay for -just months from November's
City Commission election
- since, conveniently,
they are the only community/advisory group that
HB City Hall pays postage for?

Yes, the answer is Alexander Lewy.

That's how voter outreach and name recognition
works here in Hallandale Beach when you're a friend
of our scheming and misanthropic mayor, Joy Cooper.

Strange things just happen out-of-the-blue and
we're all supposed to believe that it's just our
old friend, randomness.

I get nothing for six-plus years, and then, suddenly,
two things arrive in my mailbox within days of
each other, each with a direct connection to
Alexander Lewy, with his
name on one of them

You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to know
a fact pattern when you see it right in front of your

And when you do a Google Search for Hallandale
Beach Democratic Club, whose name do you see
on the very first result?

Accordingly, within the next ten days or so,
I'll be re-visiting that email I wrote last Fall
about candidate Lewy's thorough lack of
character and integrity
here on my blog,
with updated information, and it won't be pretty.
Especially for those of you who don't know
the story thus far.

Like his pal the mayor, Alexander Lewy's
biggest fears are the truth, and concerned
citizens/voters like you actually knowing
what he says, does and thinks.
The truth is not his friend.
It's ours.

Forwarded message
From: Mayor Joy Cooper & Dr. Nelson Santiago <invite@eventbrite.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 4:47 PM


Due to scheduling conflicts we have postponed the event in Hallandale Beach.

If you were planning on attending please call (305) 655-3213 for alternate arrangements.

You are invited to the following event:

Home of Mayor Joy & Dr. Harry Cooper
301 Holiday Drive
Hallandale Beach FL

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If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect.
This is particularly true in the town I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, just north of Aventura and south of Hollywood. There, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent.
Sadly for its residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with lots of potential because of its terrific location, yet its citizens have become numb to its outrages and screw-ups after years of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, they wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road.
I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to start a blog that could do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable but skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect.

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Want to hear some REAL music talent? Of course you do!

Want to hear some REAL music talent? Of course you do!
Click on this photo of Anni Bernhard (Full of Keys) to go to the blog's archive for all FoK & Anni-related material, videos, blog posts and tweets

A dynamic and original talent with personality to spare!

Photo above is from my June 2nd, 2013 post titled, "Our 'Full of Keys' drought is finally over! Full of Keys (a.k.a. the amazing Anni Bernhard) will be playing a showcase in New York City at Cake Shop on June 10th as part of the week-long New Music Seminar. Her new album was recorded recently in Gotland, will be mastered in NYC, aiming for a September release -with lots of very big and exciting plans coming soon! @FullOfKeys, @AndreasJismark, #AnniBernhard, #MatsJönsson, #GrazingGrounds, #NMS2013, #NYMF, #CakeShop" http://www.hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/our-full-of-keys-drought-is-finally.html
Click the photo to read that post, watch her videos and learn more about this dynamic and original talent with personality to spare!

Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard)

Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard)
Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard) wearing the teal-colored Miami Dolphins cap I gave her in January 2013 (in Stockholm) while recording her 2nd album, "The Grazing Grounds" at Sandkvie Studios in Visby, Gotland, Sweden. Also pictured here are sound engineer and co-producer Linus Larsson and musician/DJ/co-producer Mats Jönsson, April 12, 2013. Click the photo to see my post on Anni last summer.

Andreas Jismark, Anni Bernhard and Mats Jönsson

Andreas Jismark, Anni Bernhard and Mats Jönsson
Photo of Andreas Jismark, Anni Bernhard and Mats Jönsson, Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden. January 11, 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier. (c) 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. The Dolphins caps and goodies are in the yellow bag :)

Paradise Lost? South Florida

Paradise Lost? South Florida
TIME magazine of November 23, 1981: Paradise Lost? South Florida . Click photo to see original article.

A fish rots from the head down, and so does local government in Hallandale Beach, FL

A fish rots from the head down, and so does local government in Hallandale Beach, FL
City of Hallandale Beach Municipal Complex, 400 S. Federal Highway. The City of Hallandale Beach Municipal Complex: If it's true that a fish rots from the head down, so it does in local government in Broward County, FL. This monument sign on the west side of the intersection of U.S.-1 and S.E. 5th Street, across from Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino and the Village at Gulfstream Park retail complex, alerts you to your proximity to HB City Hall and the HB Police Department HQ. It's a place and culture whose very own words and actions have made clear to taxpayers of this city -regardless of age, race or income- that it holds itself apart from and above from the very citizens it's supposed to serve, often acting like they don't have to follow the same laws that govern everyone else in the state of Florida and the U.S., whether of logic, reason or contracts. (More to the point of this blog, the Florida Statutes on Sunshine Laws and Public Records.) City employees in Hallandale Beach routinely refuse to answer perfectly reasonable questions posed to them by taxpayers, and as I have found out myself and witnessed, are not above berating you for even having the nerve to ask! As it happens, it's also not a very safe area, despite who operates here, and over the past nine years, the public parking lots have often been pitch-black for 6-9 months at a time, including in front of the HB Police Dept. HQ. Then-Police Chief Thomas Magill even shrugged his shoulders at City Comm. meetings when told about this a few times. As if they couldn't make a worse first impression, at one point, even the spotlights shining on this sign didn't work at night for over FOUR YEARS, either. October 13, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Bill Cooke of @Random_Pixels has the article, Paradise Lost? South Florida

Hallandale Beach Water Tower, looking east from State Road A1A/South Ocean Drive; May 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation
"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007.
The South Florida I Grew Up In
Excerpted from Joan Didion's Miami, 1987, Simon & Schuster:
In the continuing opera still called, even by Cubans who have now lived the largest part of their lives in this country, el exilo, the exile, meetings at private homes in Miami Beach are seen to have consequences. The actions of individuals are seen to affect events directly. Revolutions and counter-revolutions are framed in the private sector, and the state security apparatus exists exclusively to be enlisted by one or another private player. That this particular political style, indigenous to the Caribbean and to Central America, has now been naturalized in the United States is one reason why, on the flat coastal swamps of South Florida, where the palmettos once blew over the detritus of a dozen failed booms and the hotels were boarded up six months a year, there has evolved since the early New Year's morning in 1959 when Fulgencio Batista flew for the last time out of Havana a settlement of considerable interest, not exactly an American city as American cities have until recently been understood but a tropical capital: long on rumor, short on memory, overbuilt on the chimera of runaway money and referring not to New York or Boston or Los Angeles or Atlanta but to Caracas and Mexico, to Havana and to Bogota and to Paris and Madrid. Of American cities Miami has since 1959 connected only to Washington, which is the peculiarity of both places, and increasingly the warp...

"The general wildness, the eternal labyrinths of waters and marshes, interlocked and apparently neverending; the whole surrounded by interminable swamps... Here I am then in the Floridas, thought I," John James Audobon wrote to the editor of The Monthly American Journal of Geology and Natural Science during the course of an 1831 foray in the territory then still called the Floridas. The place came first, and to touch down there is to begin to understand why at least six administrations now have found South Florida so fecund a colony. I never passed through security for a flight to Miami without experiencing a certain weightlessness, the heightened wariness of having left the developed world for a more fluid atmosphere, one in which the native distrust of extreme possibilities that tended to ground the temperate United States in an obeisance to democratic institutions seemed rooted, if at all, only shallowly. At the gate for such flights the preferred language was already Spanish. Delays were explained by weather in Panama. The very names of the scheduled destinations suggested a world in which many evangelical inclinations had historically been accommodated, many yearnings toward empire indulged...

In this mood Miami seemed not a city at all but a tale, a romance of the tropics, a kind of waking dream in which any possibility could and would be accommodated...

So this is where our tax dollars go to die?

"So this is where our tax dollars go to die? My friend and fellow civic activist Csaba Kulin, perhaps wondering when we're FINALLY going to get the clean and inviting public beach that Hallandale Beach residents believe we're entitled to but have never received under Mayor Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew.
Instead, we get rusty pipes in the middle of the beach and garbage cans on the beach -without lids- at the windiest place in the entire city. And a public building across the street from the beach that the public can't use for free but which city employees can -for their holiday parties." Click photo to see many more photos of the site and the original post, or http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/latest-info-photos-re-related-groups.html; 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Just as true now as it was when it was written in June 2012!

Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino and Village at GP retail complex, Hallandale Beach, FL

Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino and Village at GP retail complex, Hallandale Beach, FL
Entrance monument to Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino and The Village at Gulfstream Park retail complex on U.S.-1 & SE 3rd St. Hallandale Beach, FL. October 5, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Gulfstream Way at Gulfstream Park Race Track in Hallandale Beach, FL

Gulfstream Way at Gulfstream Park Race Track in Hallandale Beach, FL
The north-south street sign in the middle of Gulfstream Park Race Track in Hallandale Beach, FL that leads to-and-from the track and the retail Village at Gulfstream Park to Hallandale Beach Blvd. north of the facilities. October 5, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

The View from the Hallandale Beach/Hollywood city line

The View from the Hallandale Beach/Hollywood city line
Looking south towards The Beach Club and the Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A from the beach, near the Hollywood cityline, May 2, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

"Why do they need that in the Broward County charter?"

"Laws and Constitutions go for nothing where the general sentiment is corrupt."
-New York Times, September 22, 1851

"Why do they need that in the Broward County charter?"
-Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper at April 2, 2008 HB City Commission meeting, in discussing possible inclusion of Broward County Charter Review Commission's proposal for Ethics Commission to deal with Broward County Commission, on November 2008 ballot.
Six YEARS after the county's voters had overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the County charter requiring its adoption, the Broward County Commission had yet to live up to its legal responsibility. That's why!

Looking east on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd.

Looking east  on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Looking east on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd., over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway bridge, toward the iconic Hallandale Beach Water Tower and the three condo towers comprising The Beach Club. September 8, 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive

Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive
Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive. Located below the Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive, on the south side (right) is the "Community Center" that HB City Hall, thru their gross incompetency, has made impossible for HB citizen taxpayers to use now for 41 MONTHS as of January 2011. (And where's the American flag on the Fourth of July weekend? Missing in action as it had been for months!) July 3, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

The Related Group's The Beach Club, consisting of three condo towers

The Related Group's The Beach Club, consisting of three condo towers
The Beach Club. Looking SE at The Beach Club from the Hollywood side of State Road A1A. May 12, 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

City of Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

City of Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL
City of Hollywood City Hall. An early morning shot of the east side of Hollywood City Hall the morning of the Johnson Street Redevelopment RFP Evaluation Committee meeting, where presentations were heard; October 14, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. For more info on what's going on with this important project, see http://www.hollywoodfl.org/html/JohnsonStBeachRFP.htm

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers
Before I was a Hoosier, I was an NMB Charger, Class of 1979.

Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot

Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot
Like longtime U-M fans everywhere, including me, Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot, hasn't had very much to cheer about lately, given the general state of mediocrity and underwhelming performances coming from the Hurricanes. Isn't it about time for fans to finally see some tangible signs that the new AD is moving things in the right direction? Where are the signs? I'm NOT seeing them. The woeful U-M Women's program is largely composed of teams that are NOT even close to being competitive for NCAA titles like their ACC competition, and they don't even field Women's Lacrosse or Field Hockey teams. It's embarrassing! Click on Sebastian for retrospective photo gallery of The Orange Bowl

Let's end the 27-year NCAA title drought!

Let's end the 27-year NCAA title drought!
IU All-American and U.S. Olympian Steve Alford on the cover of the 1987 Indiana University basketball media guide, months after IU won the NCAA basketball title.

The NCAA Championship Banners

The NCAA Championship Banners
Assembly Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. I was there in 1981 for NCAA Title #4 vs. North Carolina. Click on photo to go to the IU Basketball homepage.
Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard) photographed in Rome, 2012, by Alessandro Leone. Click on the photo of Anni to go to her YouTube Channel and see videos from her first album, "Traces of a Human," and jer secomd album, "The Grazing Grounds." http://fullofkeys.com/ https://www.facebook.com/fullofkeys https://twitter.com/FullOfKeys More videos and photos of Full of Keys are at: http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/p/full-of-keys.html

Film Staden Sergel, Stockholm, Sweden

Film Staden Sergel, Stockholm, Sweden
In Sergels torg neighborhood of Stockholm for the opening day of the Les Miz film in Sweden, which was also my last full day there. :-(

Using a map of Stockholm and my Samsung mobile's Latitude app to find out where some friends and contacts in Stockholm were before I called to let them know I'd arrived from Arlanda Airport and had checked into the B&B in Södermalm. If only it had been an OpenStreetMap! January 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved; Click the photo to see OpenStreetMap's amazing map of Stockholm and a whole world of useful maps you never even knew existed

Solrea - Sveriges bästa resesök

Solrea - Sveriges bästa resesök
The colder and snowier it got in Stockholm, the more this simple ad seemed like genius. Sometimes, you don't have to reinvent the advertising wheel. When you're a travel agency and it's cold and snowing, make your target audience think of summers and traveling to an inviting warm beach. Above, one of the many Sistaminuten.se display ads I saw on the side of pay phones throughout Stockholm. This one was located on Ringvägen, across the street from the Åhléns Dept. store (with the Hemköp grocery store in the basement that I frequented) west of busy Götgatan and the Skanstull T-bana, the southern commercial heart of trendy and fun Södermalm. January 11, 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. I used this photo in my April 22, 2013 blog post titled, Tourism game-changer for South Florida travelers & Fort Lauderdale-area businesses -but only if they're smart and start planning now. Ruminations on the upcoming Norwegian.com flights b/w Ft. Lauderdale and Oslo, Stockholm & Copenhagen, and the need for Broward's hospitality industry to take full-advantage of the opportunity; @Oslo, @norway, @stockholm, @sweden, @copenhagen, @denmark. Click photo to see that post

More travel advertising in Stockholm

More travel advertising in Stockholm
Speaking of advertising, only two blocks from the wonderful 4trappor B&B I stayed at in Södermalm, Stockholm on my trip -and also located on Ringvägen- were two more display ads promoting travel. The one in the distance is for SAS, Scandinavian Airlines Systems, which I flew on to Stockholm, and the one in the foreground, on a public telephone booth, is the "Holiday is where the Heart is" ad campaign for VING. January 12, 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. Click the photo to see their TV ad!

Risk för snöras, istappar

Risk för snöras, istappar
One of the many such warning signs that I saw on buildings and on sidewalk barricades while in Stockholm in mid-January 2013, alerting you to the possibility of falling snow and ice, often by men shoveling it off roofs. This one was spotted on a residential building in the Södermalm area of Stockholm, on Ringvägen, while I was walking over to the Åhléns Department store on Götgatan. It wasn't until I was walking back later to the B&B that I noticed the inflated Santa that some resident had intentionally placed outside of their window, so it looked like Santa was falling! January 13, 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Ringvägen, Stockholm, Sweden

Ringvägen, Stockholm, Sweden
Poster display on Ringvägen, Stockholm, Sweden. January 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. The Affischplats plan in Stockholm, while not perfect, strikes me as a pretty good compromise in helping cultural and civic groups catch the public's eye in a way that's better than a free-for-all of groups plastering posters on the sides of buildings and utility boxes, and watching as the weather makes a mess of them. The tangible effort the city makes to get the public involved in a genuine and meaningful conversation about what is going on long-term for the city as a whole, or in a particular neighborhood, is very impressive, and made me wishful that the local government employees and planners where I live and write about regularly in my blog and in conversations with other concerned civic activists did even one-third of what Stockholm's planning employees seem to do as a starting-point.