CarBrain - Fulton County Schools Edition

Evidenced by the new elementary school along Hwy 9, CarBrain has undoubtedly taken control of our school designs.  I was first intrigued when driving by along Hwy 9, I caught a glimpse of a horde of Do Not Enter signs.  These are the same size and variety that you see plastered at the end of GA400 Off-Ramps.  So, one might think we had the risk of cars unknowingly cruising into an access controlled highway where oncoming traffic is hitting speeds upwards of 70 mph.   Not exactly,  this horde of signs was neatly clustered around the car pool exit.  The pavement even has neatly placed arrows showing the direction of car flow.  Here's a little montage of the situation.

 Four Do Not Enter signs clustered at the end of the car pool lane.  Take no chances with safety here.

Four Do Not Enter signs clustered at the end of the car pool lane.  Take no chances with safety here.

 The four (look closely) DNE signs here are set up in about the same way as those at the elementary school and they are the same size.

The four (look closely) DNE signs here are set up in about the same way as those at the elementary school and they are the same size.

 You might think four DNE signs is enough at the school but our friends at the Roswell Recycling Center might up you another eight.  Leave nothing to chance and no one will question your patriotism.

You might think four DNE signs is enough at the school but our friends at the Roswell Recycling Center might up you another eight.  Leave nothing to chance and no one will question your patriotism.

You might think that marks the end of the DNE overkill but you'd be wrong.  The car pool lane does hold the title here for the most DNE signs but the bus lane got in on the game too with a double dose of DNE that once again could be toned down.

 I'm not sure I'll ever quite understand the need for this much redundancy but maybe I'm not the target audience.  You'd have to be one hell of a confused driver to turn down the bus lane here.

I'm not sure I'll ever quite understand the need for this much redundancy but maybe I'm not the target audience.  You'd have to be one hell of a confused driver to turn down the bus lane here.

Now, CarBrain inflictions cause their victims to overlook common sense.  They are shrouded in a culture liability reduction by redundancy and cannot think past the confines of their automobile to see how this type of visual clutter is truly just pollution.  But what I found next might actually slap some sense into even the most difficult cases of CarBrain.   

As I explored, I noticed that there were some No Parking signs around the Do Not Enter signs.  The first thing I noticed was that they were a bit smaller than your standard NP sign that you see at virtually every turn lane in the world no.  However, upon further examination, I noticed that these little signs were placed really close together.  Like REALLY CLOSE.  So, I looked around a bit and saw something amazing.  

The DNE signs were not the real story here.  The NP signs were.  I started seeing them EVERYWHERE. I decided to count them from afar.  However, that didn't work because I lost count.  It was like trying to count the stars in the sky.

 The No Parking signs at the school are about half the size of a standard NP sign.  These are definitely preferable to larger ones especially in low speed environments.  Kudos FCS!  Now, reduce the size of those DNE signs.

The No Parking signs at the school are about half the size of a standard NP sign.  These are definitely preferable to larger ones especially in low speed environments.  Kudos FCS!  Now, reduce the size of those DNE signs.

 The bus lane is littered with No Parking signs.  Each one of those sticks is a No Parking sign.

The bus lane is littered with No Parking signs.  Each one of those sticks is a No Parking sign.

 This picture looks almost as good as an architectural rendering.  However, no architect would ever pollute their rendering with all those road signs.  I had to get a closer look.

This picture looks almost as good as an architectural rendering.  However, no architect would ever pollute their rendering with all those road signs.  I had to get a closer look.

 This truly is an enigma wrapped in a paradox.  RIDICULOUS!

This truly is an enigma wrapped in a paradox.  RIDICULOUS!

All told, there were 45 no parking signs on this school property that should not even exist.  The Red Curb says it all. It means No Stopping, No Standing, No Parking.  With the Red Curb, not a single sign is necessary.

HOLY F U C K I N G SHIT People.. this is insane.  

But wait... there's more (in another post).. but for now... Please.. Stop the Madness.


Alert: Epic Wrong Way Traffic Issue

 Redundant signs at East Roswell Park

Redundant signs at East Roswell Park

We are glad to report that we should no longer experience any wrong way traffic on this one way gravel drive in East Roswell Park. Covering all their bases the city has ensured that confused drivers will no longer imperil other drivers in this area of the park system.  

On top of that, drivers will no longer need to worry about barreling int this median at 5mph as there is now a handy median sign warning unsuspecting drivers that there is a tree in their path.  

 

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Maybe, just MAYBE, there is a need for one of these signs. That would be the One Way sign directing drivers to take a left.   

 

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Stop the Madness: HOLY Knee Jerk Reaction

This is what I would call an impressive knee jerk reaction to the recently passed and enacted Safe Carry Protections Act here in Georgia.  The new legislation basically says properly licensed gun owners can carry a properly registered gun pretty much anywhere they want.  This includes bars, churches, stores, schools and some government buildings.  I personally am not a fan and from the looks of it, neither is the Zions Baptist Church.  

I'm thinking this is a statement but maybe it's just another sign of our sign culture gone wild.  Either way, the fervor with which they have posted signs on their property is both equally impressive and depressing.  Oversigning for any reason cheapens our public realm and reduces the connection and intimacy that one feels for a place.  I counted no fewer than 20 signs and I snapped pics of most of them.  Have fun with my photo anthology of hideous signs posted in reaction to a ridiculous law.  

I didn't go inside but I wouldn't be surprised to see a sign posted on the cross hanging over the altar.

 

 

Placemaking 101: Straight Outta Compton

Roswell Parks & Rec.. we love you.. but do you love us??  Your fence tells me you don't.

The fence at Roswell Area Park Pool is definitely meant to keep people out.

Could our parks and rec department, the best in the state, do a better job of placemaking?  I've written before about their obsession with the Security Alert signs.  

Makes me feel so welcome and safe.

On the topic of fences, I truly think we could do better evidenced by the Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool fence in Toronto.

The fence still exists and a person who climbs this and enters the pool is not the responsibility of the city at that point.Seriously, you would think our parks were straight outta compton with the barbed wire and the Security Alert signs.  

Invasion of the Advisory Signs...

I was walking to the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market yesterday when I came across a shiny new road sign. Regular readers know that I'm not a fan of frivolous road signs that tell us things that are either plainly obvious or completely unnecessary.  This sign is one of those.

New sign along Norcross St approaching Historic Rowell. I feel safer already.

Here's what that spot looked like last month...

The fact that there is a sign here now isn't going to cause me to drive any slower. I'm going to drive at the speed the road feels safe at.

As a driver on a city street, you know there are curb cuts, you know there are side roads, you know there are intersections and you drive accordingly.  A sign is not going to change driver behavior.  Road design changes driver behavior.  If you follow the logic used for this sign to its eventual conclusion, you will have a sign for every driveway and intersection to alert unsuspecting drivers to the the chance that there are intersecitons or that other cars may be trying to access the road they are on.  

We have an almost perfect illustration of this right here in Historic Roswell.  There are no fewer than 12 road advisory signs in a .4 mile stretch along Alpharetta Hwy right through our Historic District.  Here's a collage courtesey of Google Street View.  This garbage pollutes our historic corridor all the way to the River.

Advisory signs are taking over our pubic realm in Historic Roswell.

The only thing these signs are doing is polluting our public realm with bright shiny objects.  Yes, they give some people a false sense of security that they are somehow now safer from bad drivers.  News flash.. we are all 'bad drivers' at some point and signs aren't going to prevent that fact.  

These types of signs are meant for high speed environments that require advance notice of intersections so drivers can reduce speed and plan accordingly to make turns.  Think Highway 316 to Athens or GA 400 north of the access controlled section.  We don't need this type of Highway engineering in the heart of a city where speeds are 40mph or less.  

Please STOP THE MADNESS!!

Stop the Madness: Race to the Bottom

I think there' s a little more room at the bottom of this sign pole for another sign but I'm not sure they could get any crappier than the one they added most recently.. 

With Roswell just being named the 13th safest city in Georgia, I'm not sure how to take all these signs that are popping up everywhere around our parks.  Maybe the signs are what keep us safe and if they are.. we will no doubt the the safest city in Georgia in no time as evidenced below...

Maybe we're not as safe as we think if our city feels the need to plaster the landscape of our parks with bright yellow signs warning that your valuables aren't safe in your car.  

At this point, I think we need a new sign that will pretty much cover everything for the city..

 

 

STOP THE MADNESS!!!  Stop cheapening our public realm with wholly unnecessary signs.

 

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NO MOTOR VEHICLES

 

I noticed this sign heading west from Riverside Park along the walking and biking trail.  We must have a massive problem with motorized vehicles on the mixed-use path because this is a pretty big sign.  It's 2' by 2' and you can't miss it.  Does it really need to be that big?

The problem I have with it is twofold.. first, is it really necesary?  I'm not sure there's a motorized vehicle problem on the riverside trail and I doubt the problem is absent because of the signs.  It's absent because people inherently know that motorized vehicles don't belong on a riverside trail.  

If the sign is necessary, why not make it the same size as the truly unnecessary 'CAUTION BOARDWALK AHEAD' sign that's about 100 yards up the path.  This one is one quarter the size of the NO MOTOR VEHICLES sign and fits better into a park setting.

We really need to stop polluting our city with pointless signs, and if we must scar the scenery with metal signage, we should make an effort to reduce the impact on the visual landscape.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot.  Proceed with caution, there's a boardwalk ahead and this park closes at dark for YOUR safety. 

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