Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
How do you know a city that takes pride in itself? It’s often the littlest things. Consider this stop sign from the city of Chicago.
At first, this looks like any ordinary stop sign. But take a closer look at the bottom and look at what we see.
The people who make street signs in the Chicago care enough, put enough pride into their work and their city, to sign the city’s name at the bottom of every sign. This tells us something very powerful about the that place. Think it is an accident of geography, luck, or history that made Chicago what it is today? Think again. There something real and something deeper, and it shows itself even in the most humble of civic adornments, the street signs. It’s like I’ve always said:
“The mark of a great city is in how it treats its ordinary spaces, not its special ones.”
Chicago obviously get it. And that’s one reason it is a truly world class city.