comparative urbanism, part 8 (directional signage edition)

Are our senses of direction and place enhanced by signage?
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  2. Mine are, for sure — otherwise I wouldn’t have written this: http://crosscut.com/2009/10/27/neighborhoods-communities/19316/

    It’s probably odd, and indicative of the time and place in which I was born, but I would always feel strange when passing unsigned intersections, and I’d still love to see a lot of Seattle’s alleys named and signed. I think it’s the nature of the sign, too. Seattle’s signs are ubiquitous, but stand apart from the buildings, as do most such signs in the U.S. When I was living in London, I felt oddly disoriented for a while, as signs there — as in most of Europe — are largely integrated into surrounding buildings and walls.

    Signs are important to identity. That having been said, there are some places where they can be overdone. In any case, I think they deserve more attention.

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