Millions to change size of NYC street sign lettering

October 13, 2010

“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.”

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Well, if typing in all caps means you’re shouting: STOP SPENDING!!!

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21 Responses to Millions to change size of NYC street sign lettering

  1. cindy says:

    I find it very difficult to believe that we couldn’t find a better use for that kind of$$$$$-Cindy

  2. cindy says:

    I find it very difficult to believe that we couldn’t find a better use for that kind of$$$$$-Cindy

  3. cindy says:

    I find it very difficult to believe that we couldn’t find a better use for that kind of$$$$$-Cindy

  4. charlie says:

    As soon as they are done with the change over from all CAPS to Caps, someone will come up with the idea of having dual language signs. Not sure if it would be English / Spanish or English / Islam though.

  5. charlie says:

    As soon as they are done with the change over from all CAPS to Caps, someone will come up with the idea of having dual language signs. Not sure if it would be English / Spanish or English / Islam though.

  6. charlie says:

    As soon as they are done with the change over from all CAPS to Caps, someone will come up with the idea of having dual language signs. Not sure if it would be English / Spanish or English / Islam though.

  7. Joe Mecus says:

    This is just one of thousands of money wasting things that our government institutes, how stupid are the American people to reelect these morons we have in congress both democrat and republican. I can only hope and pray before it is to late.

    Joe M

  8. Joe Mecus says:

    This is just one of thousands of money wasting things that our government institutes, how stupid are the American people to reelect these morons we have in congress both democrat and republican. I can only hope and pray before it is to late.

    Joe M

  9. Joe Mecus says:

    This is just one of thousands of money wasting things that our government institutes, how stupid are the American people to reelect these morons we have in congress both democrat and republican. I can only hope and pray before it is to late.

    Joe M

  10. Mary says:

    Ok, first of all Charlie, Islam isn’t a language.

    But now, onto the article. What? Seriously? Who said mixed case was easier to read? You know why all caps was chosen? Because you can more easily distinguish the letters from each other at a greater distance. “A” and “E” look totally different, but “a” and “e” look almost the same. I think this is just ridiculous.

  11. Mary says:

    Ok, first of all Charlie, Islam isn’t a language.

    But now, onto the article. What? Seriously? Who said mixed case was easier to read? You know why all caps was chosen? Because you can more easily distinguish the letters from each other at a greater distance. “A” and “E” look totally different, but “a” and “e” look almost the same. I think this is just ridiculous.

  12. Mary says:

    Ok, first of all Charlie, Islam isn’t a language.

    But now, onto the article. What? Seriously? Who said mixed case was easier to read? You know why all caps was chosen? Because you can more easily distinguish the letters from each other at a greater distance. “A” and “E” look totally different, but “a” and “e” look almost the same. I think this is just ridiculous.

  13. radford says:

    I cannot decide whether to say : STUPID or Stupid or StUpId or sTuPiD or stupid ! 27.6 MILLION DOLLARS ?!?!?!

  14. radford says:

    I cannot decide whether to say : STUPID or Stupid or StUpId or sTuPiD or stupid ! 27.6 MILLION DOLLARS ?!?!?!

  15. radford says:

    I cannot decide whether to say : STUPID or Stupid or StUpId or sTuPiD or stupid ! 27.6 MILLION DOLLARS ?!?!?!

  16. Silvergem6i9 says:

    This is ridiculous! The city should spend their money, or should I rephrase that..OUR MONEY on unnecessary things. They use that money to give seventh and eighth graders their yellow bus service back. NYC’s students have to walk the capital letter streets by themselves on their way home from school. These kids are our future! Keep them safe!!

  17. Silvergem6i9 says:

    This is ridiculous! The city should spend their money, or should I rephrase that..OUR MONEY on unnecessary things. They use that money to give seventh and eighth graders their yellow bus service back. NYC’s students have to walk the capital letter streets by themselves on their way home from school. These kids are our future! Keep them safe!!

  18. Silvergem6i9 says:

    This is ridiculous! The city should spend their money, or should I rephrase that..OUR MONEY on unnecessary things. They use that money to give seventh and eighth graders their yellow bus service back. NYC’s students have to walk the capital letter streets by themselves on their way home from school. These kids are our future! Keep them safe!!

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