Edgehill Residents Searching For Stolen Polar Bear Sign

Posted at 7:41 PM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 21:31:16-05

Members of the Edgehill Neighborhood coalition asked for help Friday to find a missing polar bear sign uprooted less than one day after being installed in the Edgehill neighborhood.

There have been eight non-profits who serve Edgehill that banded together to form the Edgehill Neighborhood Coalition.

Members said the coalition has been made up of longtime community activists, new residents, and public housing residents, and it's economically and racially diverse.

During the past year, members have been working on a way to mark Edgehill’s boundaries.

They said because of the the booming Gulch neighborhood to one side and 12South on the other, Edgehill residents felt they were being squeezed in between and in danger of losing their identity.

As a result, polar bear signs were designed to mark the boundaries.

History tells us two polar bears towered outside a West Avenue custard shop in the 1930s. People relocated the bears after the shop closed.

A Music Row developer donated $15,000 to cover the expenses for the signs.

But a day after the eight signs were placed throughout the neighborhood, members said one was stolen near the intersection of Wedgewood and Villa Place .

"I found it kind of shocking that somebody stole the sign right after we put it up," Rob Benshoof said.

The hash tag #wheresthebear was created in hopes that someone may know where the sign. It can be returned no questions asked.

Anyone who may know where the polar bear sign is can contact Rachel Zijlstra at