New CR welcome sign - Open thread and poll

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So the City Council has approved the city's new I-380 welcome sign. Rick Smith has details:

On Tuesday, the City Council shifted gears and unanimously approved spending $150,000 to construct a new welcome sign, the idea for which has been nearly a year in the making.

The signís final design was created by SAA Design Group, Madison, Wis., in a process overseen by a special City Hall-appointed Gateways Task Force that featured input from the public and a design concept competition held for horticulture students at Kirkwood Community College.

The public asked the task force to make sure the new gateway sign conveys a friendly, progressive message to visitors; uses stone as a major material; is well lit; is modern; and easily read from the highway, Thomas Smith, a planner in the cityís Community Development Department, told the City Council on Tuesday.

It doesn't exactly blow my hair back, but I'm not sure any welcome sign would. I like the bridge component. But will it distract drivers to their doom?

I wrote about the original welcome sign citizen survey here.

They did not go with my "Cedar Rapids - Iowa's Friendliest City Come Smell or High Water." Disappointing.

What do you think. Comment. Vote.

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