Occasionally in my travels, I’ll come across a solitary specimen of an endangered, and nearly forgotten, species of road sign. Today I hit the mother-load! An entire neighborhood where these threatened signs appear to be thriving. If you look closely at the photograph of the specimen above, you can see its mate across the street. The photograph has been altered to conceal its identity. So, shhhhhh… don’t tell anyone!
This rare red triangle has been nearly edged out of our communities and consciousness by the invasive red octagon. These red triangles were once used to assign priority where roads intersect. Today, however, they are seen so rarely that very few people know what they mean. While they have been nearly wiped out in most regions of the United States, related—sometimes more colorful—species still thrive in other countries. The near-extinction of this sign is believed to have contributed to the dumbing down of U.S. drivers, many of whom no longer know how to make good decisions.
While the red octagons are present in this neighborhood, they are outnumbered by the red triangles. The red triangles appear to be holding their ground against encroachment from a nearby neighborhood burdened with an overpopulation of red octagons! What an amazing thing to behold!