Urban Design Question 3

Why on earth would any city place its street signs vertically at street level, where it’s absolutely impossible to read while driving, particularly in the dark?

I went to Manhattan Beach to deliver a script tonight and almost crashed my car like four times trying to read the damn signs on the side streets so I could figure out where to turn.

People. There is a reason most street signs are horizontal and at eyeline level: SO DRIVERS CAN FUCKING SEE THEM.

I did not think this was something that had to be explained. Clearly, I underestimated the stupidity of people who put design before common fucking sense.

3 thoughts on “Urban Design Question

  1. Reply Rebecca Jul 11,2006 9:37 pm

    Michigan (Detroit) has a lot of issues, but I really miss the big green street sign that comes BEFORE every major intersection.

  2. Reply Ellen Jul 12,2006 1:05 am

    Get thee to Beverly Hills, they’ve got that sort of signage there. You’ll have that Detroit feeling in no time!

  3. Reply Rebecca Jul 12,2006 9:39 am

    I guess I miss out on that on my trips to Beverly Hills (which mostly consist of driving through it on Doheny on my way to work on Wednesdays).

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