Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Thinking About: Shaw Neighborhood Markers
I think it would be cool to have neighborhood markers placed at strategic locations around Shaw announcing one's entrance into our historic neighborhood. I have seen such markers in other historic districts around the country, and think they serve an important role in reinforcing a neighborhood's identity and in exuding pride in the same. I envision bold, permanent structures--made of brick or granite--placed preferably--but not necessarily--in landscaped medians (which could be added as traffic calming measures). On the image above you can see a few mock-ups of what I have in mind. I have also indicated a few intersections that may serve as good spots for such markers--such as Rhode Island at 11th and by the Convention Center--on the map above (uploaded originally by Mari here).
On a somewhat related subject, I love seeing the "Shaw Historic District" discs on utility poles throughout the area, and would love to see more. I think they give visitors a positive view of our neighborhood.