Millions to change size of NYC street sign lettering
“The Big Apple” will soon be home to street signs with not-as-big lettering.
As the New York Post recently reported…
New York City’s 250,900 street signs will be changed from entirely uppercase lettering used for the past century to lowercase lettering with just the first letter capitalized. Thus, BROADWAY will become Broadway.
According to the article, city officials estimated the cost of converting the signs at $27.6 million – about $110.00 per sign.
The Federal Highway Administration concluded this lettering style is easier to read, and thus will increase safety for drivers.
But the cost-to-benefit ratio is highly debatable: “The Highway Administration acknowledged that New York and other states ‘opposed the change, and suggested that the use of all upper-case letters remain an option,’ noting that ‘while the mixed-case words might be easier to read, the amount of improvement in legibility did not justify the cost.’”
“The new diminutive signs, which will also feature new reflective sheeting, may also reflect a kinder, gentler New York,” Sadik-Khan said. “On the Internet, writing in all caps means you are shouting. Our new signs can quiet down, as well.”
Well, if typing in all caps means you’re shouting: STOP SPENDING!!!