Thursday, 9 July 2020

New Street Signs Are Popping Up In San José

New street signs have been popping up all over San José. The signs, with sponsor messages, are being erected on major streets and intersections.

streetsign2
New street sign on the Bulevar – sorry Transversal – in front of the Japanese embassy, diagonal to Oscar’s house in Rohrmoser.

The placement of the streets signs will simplify navigating the city.  But maybe not.

Once upon a time there were street signs in the country’s largest and most populated city. Evidence of the elusive signs – now faded for the most part – are on some buildings in the downtown core. You really have to make an effort to see them. And in communities like Rohrmoser most streets have rusted out street signs.

- paying the bills -

The new signs have a fresh look. They are clean and appealing. But, will they actually serve a purpose? Or go the way of the old signs?

For new visitors the new signs could be a big help. That is if the maps of San José are updated. It is very difficult to get a good map of San José. Or at least a current one. But that is for another story.

I will venture that for most Costa Ricans and expats living in the country for years, the new signs will be nothing more that decoration.

And confusing. A case in point.

Everyone knows the “Rohrmoser Boulevard”. The Bulevar (in Spanish) his is the road that runs from the Stadium to the (almost) Pavas airport. It is also well known for wide two lanes and the large trees in the middle that span the several kilometres.

- paying the bills -

It is also the street with the home of Nobel Peace prize winner and two time Costa Rica president, Oscar Arias

But, according to the new street signs the street is really called “TRANSVERSAL 068 ‘. Uh? Transversal what?

streetsign1

I will stick to the Bulevar. And will continue to use Oscar’s house as a reference point.

Rico
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...

MOST READ

Costa Rica reaches 20 deaths from covid-19: new victim spent 20 days in intensive care

(QCOSTARICA) Sunday afternoon, victim 20 of the new coronavirus was registered. This is a 43-year-old foreigner who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure,...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 107 hospitalized and 245 new infections

(QCOSTARICA) Hospitalizations reached their highest number since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday with 107 patients, most of them admitted to the Specialized...

Alajuelita: Life on “Orange Alert”

(QCOSTARICA) That a town is on orange alert means that the area has a higher risk of contagion. This is a three-day portrait by...

Escazú Municipal Police calls on residents to stay at home

(QCOSTARICA) It was around 6:00 pm Monday, an hour before the complete vehicular restrictions went into effect and commerce was to shutter, officers from...

Is entry into the European Union based on physical location or nationality?

(QCOSTARICA) On July 1 the European Union (EU) Member States approved a list of 15 countries, considered as 'safe' due to their epidemiological situation...

New strain of coronavirus spreads faster than original: study

The variation of COVID-19 currently dominating global cases is more infectious than the original strain that emerged in China, according to a new study...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.