Via BoingBoing: your government at work. Part one: the General Services Administration spends lots of time and money elaborately designing, then constructing, a simple border crossing in New York. Part Two: the GSA decides to dismantle the big "United States of America" sign, because it's too tempting a target for terrorists:
“At the end of the day, I think they were somewhat surprised at how bold and how bright it was,” said Les Shepherd, the chief architect of the General Services Administration, referring to the customs agency’s sudden turnaround.
“There were security concerns,” said Kelly Ivahnenko, a spokeswoman for the customs agency. “The sign could be a huge target and attract undue attention. Anything that would place our officers at risk we need to avoid.”
Architects, bureaucrats who have committee meetings about what to tell architects, sign assemblers, and sign dismantlers remain employed, I guess.
Now that this is getting press, the people involved will get get buried in WHARGLBARGL from various corners both reasonable (it's moronic and wasteful) and stupid (OMG it's unpatriotic!). But such disputes tend to conceal underlying issues, such as the fact that a 21-foot-high bright yellow sign looks like ass in the first place.
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