Evanston’s downtown plan, adopted by the City Council earlier this year, called for an updated signage system to make it easier for people to figure out how to get to their destination.

A new way-finding sign installed Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AnnArbor.com photo)

So far not much seems to have happened on that front here, but folks concerned about the issue might want to take a look at a new way-finding signage system being installed in Ann Arbor, Mich.

AnnArbor.com reports the project of the Downtown Development Authority there was three years in the making, and as you’d expect in a college town there was much public debate.

The final cost of the Ann Arbor project is expected to come in at $700,000 for a total of 200 signs of various shapes and sizes

 Related links

Evanston Downtown Plan (way-finding signage reference is on page 40 as part of Objective 3)

Downtown Wayfinding Project (Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority)

Finding your way around downtown Ann Arbor just got easier (AnnArbor.com)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Street Signs esp. for Bikes
    Did you ever note how many of the signs don’t correspond to common sense. Signs for going south at Noyes/Asbury and Grant/Bryant say to ‘Downtown’ but point west where as it is common sense to point east—I guess they want people to follow Bryant to Asbury all the way to Foster.
    Other spots show counter-intuitive directions.
    Speaking of bikes, notice how buses, cabs and even cars seem to pay less and less attention to ‘Bike Lanes’ ?

  2. New Shopping Map
    Better would be a decent pad of one page maps rather than the multi-page overly produced booklet that Evmark leaves around town. The map is less than useless, just try to use it to explain to people not from here where to go or how to get there. At my place of business I am constantly giving directions to NU parents, or people staying at the hotels. Downtown Evanston is not intuitive, you can’t really see around a corner where a nice shopping street is, and our streets get funny. I have to say things like “across the street from the big black building” and “between the two train bridges” and “look for the fountain.”

    Other cities have great 11 X 14 color maps that list major buildings, still have ads for businesses and are better to scale. Evanston can do a lot, lot better in this regard.

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