We know that Foster’s newest signage—you know, the impossible-to-miss posters peppering Euro Classic Furniture, Mt. Scott Fuel and others—doesn’t leave much room for interpretation. Aside from some questionable grammar, the messages are pretty clear: keep Foster fast and congestion-free for commuters.
Despite the loud-and-clear message, we’ve taken our cut-and-paste skills to the task in an attempt to decipher what they might really be trying to say. And then we changed things around to better fit our liking.
Let’s start with Euro Classic Furniture. God bless Mr. Shleifer—his heart very well could be in the right place. But….
Ok, we took some liberties with this one. Nonetheless, we can’t help but notice how an “us versus them” mentality is being perpetuated here. One group doesn’t have to be pitted against the other. Pedestrians have power, too, and they just want some assurance of safety. Ditto for bikers. And the drivers who don’t like driving Foster, too. And just to be clear, there’s no evidence to suggest the road configuration will lead to “total gridlock…forever.”
In the above photos, we’ve contrasted two very simplified views on why the Streetscape Plan is the anti-Christ, and why it’s the second coming. We’d like to see someone scramble the letters to better resemble the message on the right.
Now onto Foster’s newest and largest anti-streetscape sign. (Well, “sign” doesn’t do it justice. It’s a larger-than-city-code-allows banner.)
Naturally, in the above photos, we jive better with the bottom two.
Something tells us that we’ll be seeing more of these in the weeks and months to come.
* All photos and commentary were done in good humor. We know this is not a simple issue. And we also know that many people have valid reasons for being skeptical of the changes coming to Foster.