By: Diane Benjamin
Just design for new Way Finding Signs in downtown Bloomington cost $90,285. The cost to construct and install was somewhere around $447,000, total is over half a million.
Details in this story: https://blnnews.com/2018/07/09/what-does-no-bids-tell-you-and-more-council-tonight/
2 weeks ago I drove through downtown and noticed many of the signs are not readable because the print is too small. One sign has 3 attractions squished on one sign. The only ones that can be read have a large “P” at the top signifying parking.
Last weekend I rode through with my video camera. At normal speeds the camera couldn’t focus on the signs enough to read easily. If the camera can’t focus, people’s eyes can’t either. The signs must have been installed for walkers instead of drivers.
Some examples, lots of empty green space here:
I believe this sign is supposed to point to the arena. The library and Law and Justice Center are the other direction. (if that’s what it says)
This one is behind a tree:
This one looks really good in front of the decrepit CII East building:
The arch from the north is nice. Worth the cost? Guess that depends on who you ask.
Champaign has an adorable downtown but they are destroying it by not enforcing laws. Violence is rising and at least two shootings have occured because groups are allowed to congregate in parking lots to drink, play loud music, and start fights late at night.
Evidently Champaign police are too chicken to intervene. I know two long time downtown residents ready to move out. I hope Bloomington doesn’t follow that path.