Spenard’s Paradise Inn — and its famous sign — headed for auction

Most have never been to Spenard Road's Paradise Inn but many know its story-high neon palm tree, the one that casts a glow over the snow on winter mornings as buses rumble along and people file by with their chainsaws and engagement rings headed for the pawn shop on the corner.

After 55 years, the old tree, at once an Anchorage neighborhood landmark and, neighbors say, a beacon for the criminal activity that went on in the hotel for decades, will likely come down. Paradise officially became...

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