2337.Ben Lukoff, a Seattle area dude of no small renown and a fellow street-blade obsessive, posts some nifty shots of Seattle street blades at his flickr stream. One which caught my eye details how New York Alki signifies pedestrian ways that are aligned in street rights-of-way.
My fellow Portlanders may be aware of how we do it. A simple standard street blade is erected at the place where a street would be if it were built there, leading to the interestingly-dissonant scene of what looks like a walkway with a street name. Some, in the west hills, align with staircases.
As I recall, Oregon City's famous Municipal Elevator downtown was, at some time or another, designated a right-of-way called Elevator Street, but that's a digression of height as well as breadth.
Anyway! Via Ben's Twitter stream I found he'd posted this picture, which really caught my eye:
There he is, the little Crossing Guy on the end of the blades for E Mercer Street and 31st Avenue E, indicating that the city ROWs go through, but just as pedestrian paths (and, perhaps, terminating at the corresponding Open-For-Travel streets.
The font seems to be Clearview, but it seems a little off somehow.
A notable addition would be the st superscript next to the number 31 on the 31st Avenue sign. Standard Seattle style up to now will have been to use for 31 Ave E, eliding the superscript.
But it's the Crossing Guy that I really like to see there. Makes quite a statement.
- Twitter: Ben Lukoff is @lukobe.
- Visit: Ben's flickr photostream is http://www.flickr.com/photos/lukobe/. Lots of cool pictures of Seattle and, yes, street blades.