On March 7th, there was a new sign posted along Albert at the [closed] Preston Extension that used to carry traffic out to the Sir JAM Parkway and Wellington St:
First, it seems like more bureaucratic self-work to officially close the temporary detour road the city built while the Booth overpass and Freeway were under construction.
But look more closely at the sign:
So maybe they just put the sign in the wrong place – and the City is thinking about permanently closing the new bridge that they just built. No, even the City would have a hard time justifying that.
Let’s check the map:
Ah, it is not BOOTH that they are planning on closing permanently; it is the PRESTON EXTENSION. The signage has a mistake in it.
This, of course, begs the question: How well does the City know the city?
I can’t tell you when the error slipped into the wording on the sign, but I suspect that it was early in the process; a process that involved many people – or should have.
The idea to permanently close the Preston Extension had to be conceived; it had to be run-by ‘the approvers’; the project file created and assigned.
From here, though, the information had to be provided on an application from the City to the City; the text of the sign had to be written and dutifully translated into French (or English, depending on which came first); a map had to be prepared for the sign; the sign had to be laid out; the sign mock-up had to be proof-read; it had to be fabricated (and, presumably proof-read again); and finally it had to be attached to the fence.
So, is it possible that not a single one of all of the people whose hands the sign went through actually read the sign’s text and looked at the map and realized that it was not BOOTH that was being permanently closed?
Is it possible that even the people erecting the sign didn’t realize a) that they were not at BOOTH when they mounted the sign, or b) that the sign should have said PRESTON since they were putting it at 10, rue Preston Street? Do so few people at the City actually think about what they are doing, as opposed to just ‘doing their job’ that such a mistake can get posted for all the public to witness?
Apparently, unfortunately, yes.
And how many of the public read it and did not notice the error, or noticed it and chalked it up to “typical city”. Does the error negate its function of giving public notice? Just what did the newspaper notices say?
story by Richard Eade