Patriotic balcony banner sparks D.C. ban

One apartment building across the street from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., has put a ban on banners, claiming that anyone not removing their signage by the end of the month will be fined.

Some residents of the 11-story Camden South Capitol building, which opened in 2013, had been using the balconies that face South Capitol Street—which is located directly across from Nationals Park—to hang flags and pennants rallying support for their local baseball team, the Washington Nationals, because the signs can be seen inside the stadium from the left-field line.

However, other signs that were political in nature began popping up after a Black Lives Matter banner and an LGBT pride flag were displayed in October.

Next, a “Trump: Make America Great Again” flag appeared just after the presidential election in November.

According to a report in the Washingtonian, people in the building are claiming that it was the “Make America Great Again” flag which started “a sign war.”

One floor above the Trump-friendly apartment, tenants hung a flag that said, “Resist.” Then, another banner appeared directly below the MAGA sign with the word, “Nope,” and an upward arrow.

“While we love our residents’ creativity and unique decorating, the time has come for us to remind all residents it is a lease violation if you…hang anything off of your balcony—yes, this even includes banners/flags supporting our beloved Washington Nationals,” warned building manager Shaun Lambert in an email to tenants.

According to one resident, the crackdown on banners only happened after the political signs were hung. “The takeaway is that the flags caused it,” he says.

However, Joel Cohn, legislative director for D.C.’s Office of the Tenant Advocate commented, “Generally, the balcony rule doesn’t sound that out of the ordinary.”

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