$27.5 million to change font of street signs in New York City … but

This is one of those stories that will really get TEA Party members all worked up, but it’s for the wrong reason. It makes sense to change from all UPPERCASE to Lowercase as the signs need to be replaced since they really are easier to read. There are issues however.

The federal government has come out with new mandates for street signs, you know, the ones that tell you what street you’re on. Other than the fact the uniformity of all of the signs certainly is boring when it comes to community identity and the federal government mandating such a thing is totally unconstitutional, the lowercase change does make sense.

The city of New York has more than 250,000 of these signs that will be replaced during the next decade and a half. At a cost of $110 per sign, that’s where the New York Post came up with their $27.5 million figure. That’s an expense paid out over 15 years.

Here’s are the real questions, and I really don’t know the answers.

  1. How can it cost $110 to replace one sign?
  2. How does the city of New York “wear out” 8,000 of these signs each year?

Get worked up about this if you’d like, but I can not figure out why these signs need to be replaced an average of every 10 years. Out in the suburbs, you would think our corner street signs should last triple that time, and could be replaced for about $25 each. Is there that much abuse in the city? Are these things really that expensive?

A quick search online indicated the larger high quality signs were upwards of $80 each if you buy only one. Wow!

I generally enjoy reading Warner Todd Huston’s stuff as a contributor to Gateway Pundit, but he’s barking up the wrong tree on this one.

One other thing. Follow the money. Who owns the companies that have the contract to make these signs?

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Anne-EH on September 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Your government at work, sarc.

  2. PatRiot on September 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    "Jane, stop this crazy thing!!"

    What next – Pelosi looking at the Washington mall saying – " The feng shui is just all wrong, fix it "

  3. RoBrDona on October 1, 2010 at 1:32 am

    1. Union, and to a lesser extent OSHA work rules

    2. Complete lack of maintenance, planned obsolescence so contracts can be re-awarded on a timely basis – and yes, I'd love to know the political connections involved too.  

  4. Dimsdale on October 1, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Couldn't we have convicts (Øbama/Democrat supporters) make these alongside license plates?  That would cut costs.  Or has the ACLU decided that making plates (and signs) is cruel and unusual punishment (a protected union job)?


    Maybe we could bus in SEIU and AFL-CIO workers in to do the job and show their good faith (since they are willing to be bussed into political rallies to fluff the numbers)….

  5. Dimsdale on October 1, 2010 at 5:37 am

    The signs may be easier to read, but are they $27.5 million easier?


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