More Lower-Case Street Signs Invade the Lower East Side

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 at 6:28 am by
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Reason number 8,665,904 the city is losing its edge. Lower-case street signs are proliferating uncontrollably across the neighborhood, gradually creeping up the back of the Lower East Side.

Replacements seem to be arriving in small pockets around downtown. Within the last couple years, we’ve noticed sign swaps at the northern terminus of Clinton Street, along the southern front of Orchard, Kenmare, and elsewhere. Most recently, however, the NoHo Historic District, which was extended back in 2010, suffered its own case of lower-caseness with these brown signs.

The New York Post first reported news of the font change in September 2010, noting that Federal regulations require the city to replace all road signs by 2018. At $110 a pop, this forced “upgrade” to the Clearview typeface will cost the cash-strapped state $27.6 million. Great budgeting, guys…

Let’s go back to the yellow signage of yore while we’re at it.

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