Thursday, September 30, 2010

$28 million Copy Edit

So interesting...

New York Street Signs to Receive a $28 M. Copy Edit

By Dan Duray

September 30, 2010 | 2:17 p.m
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New York City has begun a federally mandated project that will replace the all-capital lettering on the city's street signs with a correctly lowercase version in a new font, the Post reports. The effort began earlier this year, and should cost $27.6 million by the time it's completed in 2018.

The new font is called Clearview, and was designed for this purpose. The changed signs should be easier to read, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who also pointed out that "on the Internet, writing in all caps means you are shouting."

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  1. Glad to know that during a time in which cities all over the United States are facing crisis-level budget deficits, New York's street signs will have a different font, so that they aren't "shouting" at people. What a complete and utter waste of money. Very interesting though. Thanks

  2. I'd like to comment on: "on the Internet, writing in all caps means you are shouting."

    As far as I'm concerned, this is exactly how street signs should read in New York. WALL ST. TURN HERE. GO. STOP. PARK. EXIT. Just feels kind of normal for the neighborhood. Yelling naturally works.

  3. This is so interesting! Driving from Maryland to New York I go through Pennsylvania, and I'm probably one of the few people who notice that PA uses a different font for signs than other states - and I actually like it way better! I forwarded this article to some of my friends who live in New York.. I'm curious to see what they'll have to say on this matter.

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  5. I'm sure you know how I feel about this based on the comment I made in class. With all the other problems – school system and unemployment – New Yorkers are facing, shouldn’t politicians focus on those pressing issues (which are more important than street signs)? Sure the signs are harder to read, but wouldn't you want to develop children’s education and create jobs for people who are struggling and unemployed?