More on community building:not painting Evanston's fire hydrants Northwestern University purple
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Evanston has already painted some of the fire hydrants near Northwestern University (school colors Purple and White) purple. But at this juncture, they've decided to not paint all of the city's fire hydrants purple. See "Evanston City Council rejects painting fire hydrants purple for Northwestern" from the Chicago Sun-Times.
I think this is a kind of street furniture and streetscape defining element that is increasingly disappearing. E.g., Federal Highway Administration guidelines on street signs make it difficult for communities to display distinctive signage, say comparable to that in Toronto.
Toronto street sign photo by jbcurio, from Flickr.