Someone replaced the sign at the junction of Aspen and Plymouth drives. Its a nice new sign for our neighborhood, but the problem is they spelled it Plymoth. Did the city change name of the street without telling anyone? Maybe the letter u was cut from the budget to save money. A Retired Teacher
Theres no i in team, right? Well how about no u in Durango? Oops. That would mean wed just be Drango.
Without the letter u, wed be in troble, er, trouble. Especially when it comes to streets.
For instance, rural folks would live on conty roads, visitors would drive the scenic San Jan Skyway, and Goeglein Gulch would become Goeglein Glch.
Goeglein Glch? That looks more like a bad typo than a street name.
And dont get Action Line started on changing Goeglein Gulch to College Drive. Its a ludicrous, wasteful and arrogant scheme, much like that stupid ploy to rename U.S. Highway 160 west Durango Boulevard.
Anyway, speaking of typos, the Plymoth sign is just that, a misprint.
When contacted about Plymoth, the city pointed out that the new and improved street signs are the responsibility of the Florida Road contractor, Concrete Express Inc., which subcontracted its sign work to a local firm.
And thats where things went south.
Concrete Express was supposed to run proofs past the city, but the company gave the OK for the signs without approval, lamented city engineering staff member Pat Dressen.
As they say, haste makes waste.
Not only does the sign misspell Plymouth, but its all-capital-letters format fails to meet the citys new design standards.
Dressen said future road signs will be bigger and the Plymoth sign is the correct larger size but street names must have the first letter capitalized and the rest in lower case.
So the sign will be redone but not at city expense.
Well have the right sign up by the first of the week, added Steve Edens, a city engineer who is working on the Florida Road project.
Thanks for bringing it to our attention, he said.
A hat tip to both Pat and Steve at the city. They are professional, courteous, good natured and unflappable in the face of Florida Road follies.
U guys are great.
Soon, all will be well at the corner of Aspen and Plymouth.
At least it wasnt spelled Plymeth. That would unduly taint such a fine and upstanding neighborhood.
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Its time once again for the Mea Culpa Mailbag. This time, theres a special message stamped in bright red: Return To Sender.
Not only do sign-makers create public typos, so do curmudgeonly columnists.
In last weeks feature about donating DVDs to the Durango Public Library, Action Line (ahem) misstated the total number of library books in circulation.
The column cited the figure 70,000. That number was off by three which doesnt seem like much except that the three should come in front of the seven.
The correct annual book circulation figure for the library is 370,000.
Maybe someone could make a big sign that says Plymath to remind Action Line to check his numbers more carefully!
And speaking of numbers, the library has received a number of new DVD donations but could always use more.
If you have DVDs that are in good shape, please consider donating them to the library. The more the merrier.
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