The Corner

Walk/Don’t Walk

In another small step towards idiocy, banality and mindless homogenization, New York City decided some time ago (no, this was not Nurse Bloomberg’s idea, although he could have stopped it) to spend $30 million or so on replacing the quintessentially Big Apple “walk/don’t walk” traffic signs with little illuminated men (one walking, the other, you guessed it, not) who comply with some federal standard or other. These helpful fellows are presumably designed to ensure that the streets will not crossed at inappropriate moments by dyslectics, foreigners who quite literally cannot manage two words of English and, I suppose, the profoundly stupid. The New Yorker is, quite properly, outraged – well, a little irritated anyway.

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