Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

More cities should have lighted street signs...

Having missed a turn last night while biking when it was quite dark.  Of course, it turned out that the street, a major avenue, didn't have any signs posted for the New Jersey Avenue part of the road network at that particular intersection in the "Capital Riverfront" district.

Photo: Daily Herald, "New signs lighting the way on suburban streets."

Many cities/counties put lighted signs on their major arterials, but they "hang over the street" being affixed to traffic signal crossarms ("More lighted street signs coming to Chesapeake intersections," Norfolk Virginian-Pilot; "Street signs light up at dusk," Washington Post).

Denser cities don't typically place traffic signals across lanes of traffic in the same way as suburban counties.

But that doesn't mean that cities shouldn't think about having lighted street signs in major districts that experience a great deal of night time activity ("Marking roads for better safety," Public Roads Magazine).

Manhattan's 34th Street Partnership district is one place I've noticed lighted street signs on the major streets. 

The Partnership discusses the attention it pays to elements of the streetscape on a dedicated webpage.

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