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Time’s up on Trump signage

Residents of a building in New York bearing the Trump name have voted to remove the signage.

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Residents of all six buildings with ‘Trump Place’ signage have voted to have it removed. Photo: Billy Hathorn, Wikipedia

The gold lettering spelling out ‘Trump Place’ has now been removed from all six buildings bearing the name, with the last two announcing the removal last week.

In an email obtained by The Washington Post, the condominium board stated that owners of properties at 220 Riverside Boulevard have voted in favour of removing the signage on the building’s façade.

“Of the 83 percent [that] voted, 74.7 percent voted to remove the signage, and 25.3 percent voted not to remove the signage,” the email states. “Over the next several weeks, we will select a company to carry out the required work of removing the signs.”

Earlier that week, residents of 120 Riverside also voted to remove the signage, with 55% of owners in favour. All of the buildings that bore the name sit on the site of a former rail yard on the Upper West Side, that Trump helped to develop in the 90s.

Over the next several weeks, we will select a company to carry out the required work of removing the signs

Just after the 2016 presidential elections, residents of 140, 160 and 180 Riverside Boulevard petitioned to have their signs removed as they disagreed with his campaign statements on women, immigrants and liberals.

In 2017, 200 Riverside decided to consider removing the signage. Before residents could vote, they received a letter from the Trump Organisation warning them of legal action should they proceed.

After suing the organisation, a judge ruled that residents were within their legal rights to remove Trump’s name as the organisation does not own the building. Finally, in October of 2018, the Trump name came down. 

Whilst Trump does not own any of the Riverside buildings, the Trump Organisation will still be responsible for the management of the building despite the signage removal, the board says. 

In 2016, 59% of New York residents voted for Hillary Clinton, with 37% voting for Trump.

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