Saturday, January 26, 2008

Our New Blue Numbers

It seems that the municipality has eliminated the glut of signs on buildings and replaced this form of identification with one large blue number on each building. This is a great idea and quite an undertaking considering how many buildings they have to deal with. But I have a couple of problems with them. After dark they can’t be seen at all – unless someone has specifically illuminated their number. I had to call a friend for alternate directions to find a shop on Garden Street the other afternoon because it was already dark and not one number was visible. Then the placement of the numbers is totally inconsistent. I don’t know where to look to find one which can be dangerously distracting when one is driving alone. In some residential areas the numbers are on the gate post at the sidewalk about one meter from the ground. On other buildings on the same street, the number is high over the main entrance or somewhere higher. One needs to search.

I’m sure we all accept our new blue numbers in the name of progress. However, someone, somewhere, needs to re-work them so they will be the efficient guide they are meant to be.



Anonymous Princess N said...

do they really help.. i mean lets say i live in shmeisani, dont i have to say shmeisani, next to 7ada2ek il malek 3abdalla, take your first left, second right, and then you'll find number 16, start looking for 20?

I mean isnt is the same but easier to find when you have already reached the street that you want?!

Monday, January 28, 2008  
Blogger joladies said...

Dear Princess N,
I think that getting rid of all those signs on buildings is a step in the right direction - since Amman is trying to develop proper street addresses. The numbering needs to be a part of a grid of street names and, although those seem to be in place, they are impossible to find and are without a reference. If you give me a street name in Amman, how to I locate it? It seems we will have to give directions through known landmarks for a long time to come - blue numbers or not.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008  
Blogger Amman Voice said...

The Big Blue Ugly Numbers are the same old numbers and didn't add any value to our streets and buildings. They are imposed on the buildings and so ugly. What the GAM were supposed to do is to write some guidelines for the new numbers: hight, location, color, material and make people put them and get an approval after being revised by the GAM.

Thursday, January 31, 2008  

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