Video of the Week: LA’s ‘Felix the Cat’ Sign: Art or Architecture?

This week’s Video of the Week is a short piece from 2007 that ran on Los Angeles TV station KCRW focusing on a controversy occurring then around a 1950s-era Felix the Cat sign for a Chevrolet dealership that a local commision wanted to see designated a historic landmark. The local city councilman for that part of Los Angeles and the dealership’s owner were opposed to the idea, worried that such a designation would impair the ability to upgrade the building or even redevelop the neighborhood. Ultimately, the sign got the designation—even though the city council opposed it—and as of 2015 it was still standing in all its cartoonish, neon glory.