Atlanta city councilmember Amir Farokhi has announced the launch of a citywide design contest to change the city’s confusing booting and towing signs on private parking lots.
The competition is part of a larger push Farokhi has made to move the city towards a better public realm and designs and policies that are more representative of and accessible to the people.
“Ideally, the sign will be praised for its clarity, user-friendly design, and aesthetics,” Farokhi said. “We want something that gets the point across and is legible but does so in a way that reflects our city’s welcoming and friendly nature.”
Farokhi has been a champion of Atlanta’s creative and cultural community. Earlier this year, he brought an arts and culture advisor onto his staff. He also led the charge this June to more than double the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs budget to $2 million.
Farokhi believes that even the little things, like the parking signs, are important to the city atmosphere.
“Details matter. Even these parking lot signs. If we can redesign them in a user-friendly way, it makes one aspect of being in our city more pleasant and approachable than it has been,” he said. “This is also an opportunity to engage our city’s designers and creatives who can help us make our city better.”
Entries are due by July 31st, and the winner will receive $500. The contest prize comes from the District 2 council office expense budget.
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