Signs of the times: Saratoga Springs points visitors in right directions

August 17, 2017 02:19 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - So you come to town from places like Virginia and Arizona, Like Melissa and Makenzie, and you don't know where to get lunch.

"I just moved here, but she's from Virginia," said Makenzie Kerney.

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"We were looking for food so we came over," said Melissa Moore.

Someone recommends a place to eat on Broadway, but you can't find it. Before Wednesday, you might just wander up and down the street, hoping to stumble on it.

But now, visitors to this gambling town are in luck. There are directories all over the place.

They're the result of the city's special assessment district joining forces with the City Council.

"This is one of the greatest projects I've been involved in," said Harvey Fox, chairman of the special assessment district.

There are nine kiosks with information about the city and its history on one side and a directory of businesses in that area on the other.

It represents a $275,000 investment.

The signs are all brown, green and white.

"We're trying to get rid of a lot of the clutter downtown and really unify the look," said Mayor Joanne Yepsen.

For Harvey Fox, whose family has owned a downtown jewelry store for 70 years, the signs are a way to make it easier to visit his hometown.

"We kind of joke in my store, we're like the chamber of commerce," Fox said. "People come in and ask where's City Hall, where's the City Center, where's Skidmore College."

Now there are signs and directories to point them in the right direction, which is good news for Moore and Kerney.

"It's helpful," said Kerney.


Mark Mulholland

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