In the Winter 2006 issue of Spacing, I wrote about the new street signs that the City is implementing. Here’s an excerpt:
There are some good things about the new design: the signs are much more visible, due to a larger and new reflective surface that aids the failing eyesight of our aging population; the use of upper- and lower-case letters makes street names much easier to read; and the colours used for each of the old Metro cities will stay in place.
But there are some glaring problems, too. While the new signs mimic the old designs, they look like cheap knockoffs — they remind some of cardboard cutouts, which are bereft of any kind of sophistication.
Another problem has been the lack of communication with the city’s heritage groups…. When this initiative began, the signs were not being archived or given to local residents, community groups, or businesses. Instead, the materials were being recycled… or sold for scrap.
Residents have had almost two years to come to any conclusions about our new wayfinders. I’d like to know what Spacing Wire readers think of these things. (PS: It looks like the Toronto Archives are finally receiving old signs that are deemed salvageable).
photo by Rami Tabello