What if Worcester did it right?

This handsome street name sign is fully MUTCD compliant:

It features a full City of Worcester seal, correctly sized typography in uppercase/lowercase as required by the latest standards, is correctly positioned both vertically and horizontally on the sign blank, and uses a FHWA-approved typeface which is designed to be readable from greater distances than typical fonts.

As you may have guessed by now, this is one that the DPW’s sign shop did not create.  Worcester prefers to ignore the research & experience of the FHWA by using a serif-style typeface better suited to term papers & recipes.  And I’m sure it’s less bother to spit out a red dingbat heart than actually print Worcester’s beautiful seal.

Mediocrity, thy name is Worcester.

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