What Are You Looking At?
Not exactly an enlightened debate, but a healthy one. Here are a couple of the comments:
Sorry you don't have a job, but we are going to throw another 2 million of your tax dollars away so that all the foreingers can know what the Washington Monument is.
Maybe it'd be better to spend that money on spelling lessons for Americans. (Or perhaps knowing how to spell "foreigner" is un-American.)
You'd think someone who spent thousands of dollars to visit Washington D.C. from overseas for gods sake would at least have a guide book with pictures explaining the history of what they are looking at.
Right. Forget about just making it easier for people to find or understand things in our city.
I'm all for better signs on the Mall. However, a more pressing need is signs in the Metro. Our subway signage stinks. The subtle brown pylons above ground are bad enough but it's even worse when you get underground. Yes, with enough time you can find one of the station platform pylons that has route information on it. But how often have you entered a station while a train's been pulling in and looked around frantically to decide whether you should jump aboard?
Add to that how dark most underground stations are and it's a recipe for missing your train. Even I -- a veteran Red Line rider -- am plunged into confusion when I'm in an unfamiliar Orange or Yellow Line station.
If you're already on the train, even the name of the station you're pulling into can be a mystery. You're lucky if one of those wall-mounted signs just happens to line up with a window near you.
I've decided I'm no longer a fan of subtle things, especially in a transportation setting where my only interest is in quickly and efficiently reaching my destination. Teeny type on a Metro sign? Bad idea.
So, by all means help people find where they're going and where they're at on the Mall.
But let's do the same on the Metro.
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