A new CDOT sign posted in front of the CTA Argyle viaduct so far has been roundly panned in the Edgewater community.
The sign proclaims "asia on argyle" in a lower-case, sans serif font. Certainly it was meant to welcome shoppers to the bustling Asian markets near the newly rehabbed station on the Red Line. But the community response has been anything but welcoming.
"This is just awful."
"Unfortunate...extremely puzzling... and completely unattractive."
"The UGLIEST font possible.. it is hideous, horrible and a waste of taxpayer money."
And those are just among the first of almost 100 negative comments the the 48th Ward Community Page.
Here's what Alderman Harry Osterman said about the sign:
"The Asia on Argyle identifier was installed by Chicago Department of Transportation today. This is an exciting addition to Argyle Street and marks the beginning of more to come with an Argyle Streetscape officially in the works. Design for that will kick off this Spring - stay tuned for more details!"
Well, not everyone thinks it's an exciting addition. What do you think?