Has anyone noticed the new Owen Brown Village signs?
These signs are maintained by the Columbia Association. Over time, they have been replacing signs in the city. Sometimes the new signs closely approximate the original design. For instance, here is one of the original Running Brook Signs:
Compare the above sign with this sign that was installed last year:
In other cases, the new sign is completely different from the old sign. For example, this sign outside the Locust Park Neighborhood Center is consistent with the original neighborhood stucco-and-brown-board-with-white-lettering signage in Long Reach.
The Long Reach neighborhood signs have all been replaced with the following style:
The Columbia Association has also been placing a standardized sign indicating different amenities throughout Columbia:
Although some signs are not very well maintained:
At times, there have been stumbles. The Town Center sign below was originally pink:
That's where I am right now with the Owen Brown signs. There is something about them that seems a little bit off.
The white lettering on a deep blue background, a hint of red...maybe it was a departure from the the earth tones that dominate our sign-scape. I thought about it, but that wasn't the problem. There is something about the white-on-blue with red piping...and framed in gray.
The other day I was in Laurel, and it all came together.