City Rainier Is Hot; 14th Is Not
posted by July 18 at 14:34 PMon
If you’ve ever been lost in Seattle, unable to make out what street you’re crossing because the signs are dingy, small and unreadable, then find hope in this. By 2016, the Seattle Department of Transportation promises to replace them with bigger, shinier, new signs. What’s more, the city announced last week that they’re selling the old ones. They range from $10 (for the small guys) to $15 (for the big suckers up to 10” by 48”). I called to find out how the sale, which runs for nine more years, is going so far. Mike Long of the Fleet and Facilities Department answered.
“How many signs have you sold so far?”
“Which ones have been the most popular?”
“Rainier Avenue has sold the most because of the significance to Mt. Rainier. Madison has also gone quickly. Also, any first name, like Brandon.”
“Brandon Street? I don’t know where that is.”
“Neither do I.”
“Well, which signs are the least popular?”
“The ones not moving are odder street numbers, like 14th Ave.”
“Would it be illegal to buy signs and put them up on telephone poles for the wrong street?”
“I would think so. I don’t know the rules of law about that. As long as it’s on your property it would be okay. You Strangers, you might do it.”
“Can you reserve a Holden Street sign for me?”
“At this point, no. We’re not holdin’ signs.”
“No pun intended?”
The city’s surplus warehouse is located at 3807 Second Ave. S. Hours open to the public are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.