I noticed the Riverside Raincross symbol stamped on the outside of a fairly ugly parking structure. Then I noticed the same symbol stamped in the concrete walls along the 91 Freeway. I saw it in the street lights in downtown. I realized that this is what great communities do - they create a symbol of their uniqueness and incorporate it in highly visible places. This makes traveling and exploring cities fun and is a wonderful antidote to the placelessness of franchise centers and formula stores.
|The Riverside Raincross symbol was created by Mission Inn owner Frank|
Miller and architect Arthur Benton evoking both the Mission period and
native American symbols. It has become the City's most cherished icon.
1) COMMUNITY SIGNS: Whether they are entry monuments, street signs or community directional signs, cities are getting hip by letting you know where you are. Entry monuments incorporate a city's most important symbols. Street signs often use the city logo, and community directional signs reinforce this sense of place.
|Riverside's Victoria Ave. sign has palm trees and orange blossoms. Ventura's|
downtown street signs incorporate their mission.
|This planned community in southern Orange County evokes its|
legacy as a Mexican land grant.
|Los Angeles is so enormous that it has created blue community signs|
identifying hundreds of districts throughout the city and county.
|LA has done a nice job creating unique symbols for its diverse downtown.|
|Reno Nevada has a two street spanning arches: one a more glitzy downtown|
design and the other a more historic version.
|Dana Point's arch incorporates beautiful mosaic art depicting the city's natural|
beauty and history.
4) COMMUNITY MURALS - Murals represent public art that strengthens sense of community. Such art can enliven otherwise dead space, provoke discussion and simply delight the eye.
|The City of Orange celebrates its citrus industry on a wall facing a parking lot.|
|Artist Weyland's Whaling Wall is visible to southbound traffic on Pacific Coast|
Highway in Laguna Beach.
|Artist and architect Millard Sheets famously decorated Home Savings (now Chase)|
Banks with his murals. This one is on Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim.
|Anaheim's Packing House in the Historic Colony district is not only a community|
icon but an entertaining array of shops and restaurants. This 1919 Mission Revival
structure represents adaptive reuse at its finest.
|Wonderful Claremont converted their historic packing house into a mixed-use|
amalgam of stores and restaurants
|Ventura chose its mission tower as a cherished community symbol.|
|Notice the Raincross incorporated into downtown Riverside's|