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Tucumcari – Where signs are art

A recent trip through Tucumcari, New Mexico on old Route 66 revealed a litany of roadside history, not least of which were some amazing signs. The following photo montage depicts a sample of these structures and reveals the artistry of … Continue reading

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Eons of neon in Tucson

If there is one type of signage this urban planner adores, it’s tastefully designed mid-century neon. And if there is one place to find such glorious signage, it’s Tucson, Arizona, where the city and local preservation groups have done a … Continue reading

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More signs are not a cure for a bad business model

As an urban planner, I find it amazing how sign companies can routinely convince business owners that large, flashy, expensive, and abundant signage will be an instant solution to their business woes. In some very rare cases this might be … Continue reading

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Chinatown gates of North and Central America

While traveling in Northern California back in August of this year, some of the most interesting┬áplaces we visited were related to Chinese-American history. These included an 1863┬áChinese Temple in Oroville and the Chinese-American Historical Society Museum in San Francisco (see … Continue reading

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