New Yorkers don’t like Clearview street signs

New Yorkers outraged as bureaucrats order city to change lettering on every single street signNY Daily News
$27 million to change NYC signs from all-capsNY Post
All street signs in New York City need to be converted to mixed-case Clearview font by 2018. Steve Anderson of NYCRoads.com summed it up by saying “the capital of the world is going lower-case” — Both tabloids have negative stories on the move away from all-uppercase street signs. The Daily News even makes the new signs the lead on the cover.

Commenters on Anderson’s Facebook profile suggested that reports that Clearview was mandated by Federal Highway Administration maybe incorrect. That mandate may happen in the future though.

I’m skeptical of the claims that mixed-case street makes street signs safer and I can’t stand the Clearview font, even though Penn State had a hand in its development. However, I’ll make an exception for one New York City road — the Clearview Expressway (I-295).

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Boswell, others: Time to open up the wallet, Nats

The Washington Nationals, having improved by 9-12 games this season have an important offseason ahead of them. Some might say, the future is now, but they’d probably be making an ironic statement given the Redskins use of that term and stockpiling aged veterans. The Nats though, may have a core of young players that are starting to realize their potential, but they don’t have enough of them, so they need to go out and find some free agents. Thomas Boswell of The Post says “It’s time for the Washington Nationals to start thinking big

I say it’s time for the Washington Nationals to starting ACTING BIG.

Mike Rizzo makes a No. 1 starter the Nationals’ offseason priorityThe Post
Mike Rizzo wants a #1 starter — who doesn’t? In all likelihood, somebody with the pedigree of Jason Marquis (and we saw how well that worked out) will be brought in instead.

They need to sign Adam Dunn and the feeling is that the team has less interest in doing so than he does. Thom Loverro, now with the Wash. Examiner, also notes that Dunn has won golf clubs for 470+ foot blasts and donated them to D.C. youth golf programs.

Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond – the right combination?The Post
Boswell thinks the middle infield seems set and I am inclined to agree, though they may need to shuffle positions.

Boswell chats at 11 a.m
., I expect him to be really wound up today.

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Phillies rough up Detwiler in Nats home finale

Washington Nationals lose to Philadelphia Phillies, 7-1, in 2010 home finaleThe Post
Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler gave up Philadelphia Phillies four home runs last night, ending his lost season and the Nats home schedule.

Adam Dunn struck out four times last night. He admitted he was trying to smash another ball into the stands like he did on Tuesday night. Dunn is a free agent and while Mike Rizzo says he wants Dunn back, the presumption from many people, including me, is that Dunn is gone and the Nats are being fools.

For die-hards, time for next stepNats Insider
The home schedule is over and from what I am seeing on Facebook and Twitter, there are a lot of people saddened to see the “summertime family” go away.

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