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May 25, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: Street signs of Arlington, MA

Bob Cox writes:

Here is a link to the Missing and Hidden Street Name Signs in Arlington, Massachusetts page. The street signs there are placed far away from the corner, which makes it very hard to know what street you're on.


My experience living in Massachusetts for a long time is that most street name signs are like this if there are even street name signs.

Posted by: Sarah at May 25, 2004 02:20 PM

Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or does anyone else see something seriously wrong with this sign?

Posted by: shill at May 25, 2004 09:05 PM

NNNNNNoooooo, I donnnnnnnn't see annnnnnnnythinnnnnng wronnnnnng with that signnnnnnnnn.

Posted by: Kenny F at May 26, 2004 12:21 AM

Street signs in MA are used to snare the unwary. They are not meant to be used for navigation; we just don't tell outsiders this. (Oops.)

Another notable habit is that there are no street names for main roads. You're supposed to know what main road you are on. There will be signs for cross streets, but finding signs for Mass Ave., Comm Ave., Mt. Auburn St., almost any Main St., etc., is impossible.

Posted by: a boston resident at May 31, 2004 09:01 PM

LOL!! This is par for the course in Massachusetts!! I could fill a million web sites with examples of miserable street signage (or lack thereof) in the Commonwealth. Ever drive in the North End? Financial District? Government Center? =)

Posted by: Lisa at June 3, 2004 03:51 PM

yeah those signs are pretty messed up.. come to Pleasant grove, Utah, where the streets are nice and organized and labeled with numbers so you know where you are most of the time.

Posted by: lane at June 23, 2004 01:24 PM

You should try living in Japan where but most of the streets don't even have names.

Posted by: Sherrod Segraves at June 27, 2004 02:00 AM

I lived in Japan for 6 month (business) ... Let's just say I have a new respect for America.

Posted by: Jennifer at January 4, 2005 12:38 AM

i have a new respect for canada after living in america

p.s. wassup lane. i was trying to fix my xbos with a repair shop in pleasant grove, and this site came up. that's freekin crazy!

Posted by: ben at March 3, 2005 11:58 PM

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