Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

So, New York City will have to change all of its street signs to accommodate a new federal regulation.

Street names will change from all capital letters to a combination of upper and lower case on roads across the country thanks to the pricey federal regulation, officials said Wednesday.

By 2018, MADISON AVE. will become Madison Ave. and will be printed in a font called Clearview, the city Department of Transportation says.

The Federal Highway Administration says the switch will improve safety because drivers identify the words more quickly when they're displayed that way - and can sooner return their eyes to the road.

Really, who comes up with this stuff -- and why? Judging by the twenty-somethings I work with, all lower-case letters would be in order -- almost none of them capitalize anything. And in textese, couldn't they just leave out most of the vowels? mdsn av

Yeah, that's the ticket.

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