Realtor Boxes

Realtor Boxes at Washginton and Magazine St.   Realtor Box in Drain

I was at a meeting at Starbucks on Magazine St. at Washington Ave. this weekend. Sitting in front of the cafe, I looked up from my budget balance sheets to see this huge wall of realtor boxes outside on the sidewalk. I wondered how I had not noticed them before.

This isn’t a hard-core issue but out of curiosity I took a casual survey of a loop beginning at Washington Ave. along Magazine to Napoleon and up to St. Charles Ave. back to Louisiana Ave. I modestly counted 40 Realtor boxes in that area. Many were empty. All of them look like shit. None of them are secured, of course, so they are a potential liability during tropical weather season. Some cities in Florida are moving toward eliminating all of these boxes, newspapers included. Business owners got on board with a plan to only distribute this material from inside the business. It’s just one of those things you don’t really see . . . you know, until you do. And you sort of go, “wtf?”

8 Comments so far

  1. Karen (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 5:34 am

    Think of all the practical uses, they are all little public servants. You could stash your crack in there while being persued by “the man” You can take out the free newspapers while waiting on a bus in the rain and create your own bus shelter as we still seem to be missing a lot of those.

    The list is endless.

    Foreclosures R Us!

  2. Pistolette (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 7:51 am

    If we move them into a parking space and don’t feed the meter then they’ll get towed eventually ;-) That’s faster than filing a complaint with the city.

  3. Laureen (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    They can double as a cooler during parades.

  4. Jack Ware (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 10:29 am

    I prefer to think of them as nightstands for homeless people.

  5. Jack Ware (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    And it would be interesting to note how many public trash cans were available in the same area.

  6. Eric (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    Being a realtor, I got a kick out of the article. Most of these Magazines do little to help you sell property as a realtor. Much of the search starts on line. The companies are selling ads to realtors as a business even as the effectiveness of such a practice is on the steep decline. this is private enterprise at work. Tell Mayor Nagin about them and he could come up with some type of tax for us. Being very honest they can go as they mean little to our profession. Thats my expert opinion.

  7. Dr.No (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    These magazines are a waste. In all my years as a realtor, I can tell you that I get zero business from them.

  8. Karen (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

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