Lowercase Street Signs by 2018

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  1. B_Marius567

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    New York City has begun the estimated $27.6 million process of swapping out street signs so they comply with new federal regulations.
    The Federal Highway Administration is requiring the city's Department of
    to change uppercase letters to a combination of upper and lower, saying it will improve safety. The administration says studies show motorists find it easier to read lowercase signs.
    The city has 250,000 street signs, and the new signs will cost $110 each. Officials say the city will have 11,000 changed by the end of this fiscal year, but already replaces about 8,000 signs a year due to wear and tear.
    The new federal regulations also call for a change in font for street signs to a specially-designed typeface called Clearview.
    FOXNews.com - Taxpayers to Pay $27M for Lowercase Street Signs in NYC


    I think this is nothing but a job's bill !!!


    all you have to do is look at your GPS to see what street is coming up.
    hope they have all the street signs made in china to save the tax payers money.
     
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    Makes sense to me, then again overhere we are already lowercased.

    That's such an American thing to say " all you have to do is look at your GPS to see what street is coming up"
     
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    Legible street signs are obviously not in the public's interest :rolleyes:

    FWIW, the government spends more than $27M on toilet paper every month.
     
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    It is, is it? :rolleyes:
     
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    ah.. well... actually it kinda is. :wink:
     
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    This Federal Highway System requirement is amusing. We've known for decades from research in the field of cognitive theory that some things are no longer theories. It is true that people reading a street sign in a Latin-based alphabet, (English is a Latin-based alphabet), read it much easier if it is all in a sans serif font and lower case. Similarly, people in countries that use Latin-based alphabets read printed material much faster when it's printed in a serif font using both majuscule and minuscule forms. A newspaper article written in a serif type face (think Times New Roman) is substantially easier to read than the same article printed in a sans serif font (think Universe or Helvetica). And sans serif display fonts such as Universe or Helvetica are much easier to read on a computer monitor than a serif font.

    So, the OP has a problem with sign makers securing contracts with New York City and thereby creating jobs and employing more people?

    Let's really piss the OP off and have the US Department of Weights and Measures ENFORCE that beginning January 1st, 2011 only the Metric System (the Système International (SI)) will be recognized as the "official" system for calculating length, volume, etc., throughout the USA. It's estimated the savings to the US Government and US-based businesses would be in the 100s of billions of international trade Dollars. After all, China has been using it since the lat 1940s.
     
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    If it was on Faux it must have come from God.
     
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    They're being bilked, that is an utterly ridiculous price for that little piece of metal.
     
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    How 'bout a nice liter of Shut the Fuck Up?



    Hmmm...just doesn't carry the same weight, does it? :wink:
     
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    Did you mean Litre ?
     
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    They should do something smart, like auction off the remaining signs that are in good shape to collectors, or sell them to other municipalities who could use some signs they otherwise couldn't afford.
     
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    Bad enough you expect us to adopt your retardedly nonsensical units of measurement...if you try to make us embrace your bass-ackward spelling conventions as well, we'll bomb your sorry asses back to the age of palms and cubits.
     
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    HG is on a roll today. LOL!!
     
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    Does it really matter? The only people who drive in New York City are cabbies, and I don't think the first language for any of them is English. :tongue:
     
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    way to go racist!
     
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    Lowercase street signs? Really! Does this
    Mean the end of Capitalism?
     
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    they might as well print cash and feed it into a shader
     
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    What!...doesn't anyone have a sense of humor?
     
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    I do not understand any kind of "mass program" to replace street signs all at once.

    The upper and lower case game has been reality in many places for years.

    Creating jobs is a good thing, however, creating jobs of a temporary nature and of little value is idiotic.

    To me this has almost the same level of intelligence demonstrated in the old argument about adopting "Ebonics" as an actual language. It just insults everyone involved.

    I can see replacement of a few and updating to better designs over time. Again, I disagree with insane spending when it is not necessary.
     
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    Was wondering the same thing :confused:
     
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