Going through photos from my trip to Texas, I have so much more to talk about. Let’s start with this sign – one of several uniform parking signs I discovered in Deep Elum:
It’s a sharp looking sign – far nicer than what we see used in Bricktown, though it’s also an obvious way to bombard visitors with more display advertising.
Comparing the signs, they both have their pros and cons. The Deep Elum is sharper looking, though it really delivers less information than the Bricktown sign. The Bricktown sign, meanwhile, adds nothing to the look or vibe of the area and some might consider sign clutter.
But can we learn from other downtowns in terms of parking signage? In 2008 the following real time parking information signs were installed throughout downtown San Jose , California.
What a great idea. A sign that not only directs you to available parking but also gives you some comfort spaces might be available when you arrive.
Which leads me to wonder: what would happen to the appearance of downtowns’ streets if the kind of sophisticated design of the Deep Elum signs were combined with the usefulness of the San Jose signs?
And here’s yet another thought to ponder: I’ve read articles about downtowns across the country going from one-hour to two-hour parking. With the new “boot” enforcement now approved by the city council, what would be the harm of giving a bit back to visitors by letting them have that extra hour? In many ways we’re still operating under rules and practices dating back to the 1950s. Could something be gained by advancing ahead a few decades?