Neon sign, now removed
Replacement Sign

In the last few days, there have been some changes at 215 Hanover Street. Last week, Sophia Anderson created a stir by violating the sign conditions she accepted to get her Fortune Teller permit.

The neon signs she initially put up have been replaced by painted gold lettering on a purple oval board with lights shining down. The current signs are the ones she described at neighborhood meetings.

Visits by neighborhood representatives seemed to encourage the change.

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The psychic business is up and running. I asked a woman coming out of the shop about her “reading.” She made a grimace and said she needed a drink.

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with everything you say about quality of life issues in the North End and Boston in general. Although I don’t live in Boston anymore I remember the North End as a wonderful place with the best food and shops anyone could wish for. Only one thing doesn’t ring true to me about this story. As I remember, people would leave all manner of lawn chairs, crates, cones and barrels in the street to save parking spaces after a snowstorm. At various points in the day the streets would look like a dumping ground for these items. I would much rather see a well designed sandwich board near the curb than a beat up garbage can in a parking space. Perhaps I’ve been away too long and this practice has been addressed. Is there a permit process for claiming public property in the street itself?

  2. Did you see the Channel 4 news @ 11 PM about Sophia? Now she has hired a lawyer and is screaming discrimination because people have threatend to run her out of the neighborhood and Modern Pastry and other places that have been here for a hundred years have neon signs. Give me a break. She got her license, she took down the neon. She should focus on her business and not on pissing people off even more. I give her 4 months till she closes anyway.

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