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1940s Bus Stop signs being replaced in Savannah

March 4, 2010

Part of the reality of a living city is the evolution of its infrastructure to meet changing social needs.  Despite a local commitment to preserving the past, not all components of Savannah’s built environment receive equal preservation consideration.  The city’s historic cast iron bus stop signs from the 1940s are a case in point: they are currently being replaced by explicitly modernistic signs almost European in character, but affixed to utilitarian poles.  The new signage is larger and will allow route information to be displayed.  The removal of the old signs without even a raised eyebrow from the local preservation community illustrates how building-centric is our concept of the built environment.  One wonders why the new signs could not have been affixed to the historic poles beneath the original oval “bus stop” sign.

Here is a link to an article about this issue in the Savannah Morning News.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    March 5, 2010 3:29 pm

    This is disheartening, as these signs are part of Savannah’s quaint charm. I do hope they can repurpose the signs somehow so they can still be seen and experienced by the public.

  2. Toni permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:24 am

    In all fairness, the City did offer a lottery for the posts, open to anyone who wanted one. I have been the happy and lucky recipient of this piece of Savannah history, and I know many people who registered for one. Thanks, City of Savannah, for not just scrapping these local icons.

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