For the last six months the Commercial Core and Lodging Commission (CCLC) has worked toward replacing the “blight” known as our newspaper rack boxes. I am happy to report progress. Money is available and the city is on board.
But now as that “blight” is about to disappear, CDOT has decided to replace it with new “blight” in the form of very large, very shiny traffic light signal boxes, and crossing button panels.
I can only hope CDOT maintains their appearance by putting away some money to keep them clean.
You know I am kidding. History tells us the new shiny boxes are a perfect canvas for graffiti: posters, flyers, drunken quotes and who knows what else. The fact that they are owned by CDOT could prevent the city from even having the legal right to keep them clean.
As far as the new crossing panels, my only question is why are they only in English? We do have a huge Spanish speaking local and visitor population. And what about the Italians? Personally, I love the Italians.
I was told one reason for the new crossing button panels was to assist the handicapped. According to my research, we’ve never had a handicap-related crossing-the-street incident.
My point is this — stop in the name of visual aesthetics.
CDOT can’t get out of its own way when it comes to maintaining the roads, so why are they now overseeing traffic signals?
I would suggest CDOT redirect some of its funding and hire a director of visual aesthetics, or just go fill a pothole.