Community Style Upgrades: Take Pride in Your Signs, Lighting and Benches
If you’ve ever spent time in Eastern Europe, you may have noted the stark contrast in architectural style between cities that were razed and rebuilt by the Russians compared to those cities that were spared the tragic loss of character that could be found in the centuries-old neighborhood buildings. The utilitarian construction of the Soviets removed all character and beauty from streets, city centers and community common areas.
Building design is the most notable variant in this comparison, but other architectural elements contribute to the overall ambiance of a cityscape. Light fixtures, road signs, park benches and other components of the urban outdoor experience have a role to play.
American Neighborhood Architectural Renaissance
During the last decade, cities and neighborhoods across the United States have been experiencing an image renaissance focused on more decorative and stylish outdoor fixtures. Plain gray poles for lights and signs that were void of any character are being replaced by beautifully crafted poles with stylish bases and fanciful finials. Boring park benches and trash receptacles are being upgraded to fit the style of the community.
We’ve all seen the rise of design-oriented television like the HGTV channel, and the popularity of shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers. Americans are in love with residential and community architectural style. Adding some elegance to these necessary community or city center objects can help transform a space into a more comfortable and inviting area. By boosting the attractiveness of the street, park or city center, residents take more pride in where they live and visitors leave with a more positive impression. These feelings translate to more business and higher property values. Curb appeal matters – just ask any realtor.
Brandon Industries offers a variety of high-quality decorative street signs, light poles, wayfinding signs, benches and curbside mailboxes and cluster units designed to not only be safe and durable, but also give your community that classic look and “we love where we live” feel. We have 30 years of experience providing streetscape services, and we continue to grow and expand our office space in order to accommodate the increasing volume of customers and sales throughout the United States.