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Newspaper boxes or racks are a common sight on Seattle ’s sidewalks. Boxes may cause physical and visual clutter; h owever, businesses can maintain a tidy appearance in their district by installing Modular Units.
Modular units are permanent racks that have a pedestal base bolted into the sidewalk and a tray attached to the pedestal that holds the publishers’ boxes. Once the modular units are in place, publishers MUST use them and freestanding boxes are not allowed within 120 feet. If all units are full, publishers who desire a unit on that block must purchase a second modular unit and install it. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) enforces and tracks all modular units and has the authority to decide location issues.
Frequently asked questions:
Who regulates freestanding newspaper boxes?
Where can we buy a modular unit?
It is advisable to contact the Single Copy Distribution office of the Seattle Times and work with them for purchase and installation. Call Joy Johnston at 206-652-6837.
Who can we call to report problems with a box?
Call the publisher of the newspaper using the box. If you are not receiving a satisfactory response, call Annual Permits at 206-684-5267.
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