Some new signs went up in the Civic Center Plaza recently, the part of the Main Street Mall that includes all of the government buildings.
The no camping signs went up around the part of the plaza that is directly in front of the County Administration Building as well as the state office building next to it. The area is just a few yards from the Occupy Memphis encampment.
The signs apply to the state building and are the result of a law passed by the Tennessee legislature earlier this month and promptly signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam.
But there are other reasons camping is unlikely on this specific section of the mall.
If you are in the area a lot, you know that this part of the plaza is almost perpetually under construction of some kind to remedy a persistent pavement problem. No matter how much government money is used, the surface is continually redone to remedy the problem of an uneven surface.
The latest solution is to, of course, resurface the area yet again and still retain a metal railing around part of the area that is apparently incurable.