|April 2014. Photo courtesy of the|
Numinous Wilds Photography Tumbler page
Back in 2006, the CTA did an upgrade of its stations' signage. Part of that project included installing intricate granite compass rose designs into the sidewalks in front of the doors of the Argyle Red Line station (among others). They were intended to help people exiting the station find their way, as well as provide station branding and add beauty to the street. At left is a photo of one of the Argyle compass roses as it appeared less than a year ago, courtesy of the Numinous Wilds Photography Tumbler page.
Not only ugly, but we imagine the granite inlaid sidewalk markers cost the CTA a pretty penny of taxpayer money in 2006. Now it's ruined. What a waste of money and craftmanship.