Hidden in Plain Sight

Richard Ankrom is an ordinary Los Angeles resident who had a very common problem.  He often missed the freeway exit when he was trying to get from the 110 freeway to the 5 freeway.  But his response wasn’t so ordinary.  While most people would just get annoyed and think “somebody should fix this!”, Ankrom did just that.  A professional sign maker, Ankrom created a replica of freeway signage that read “North 5″ and affixed it to the existing freeway sign that read “Pasadena 110″.  Not only did he make the sign, he made a CalTrans uniform and installed the sign in broad daylight!  CalTrans didn’t even notice his handiwork for several months – and when Akrom finally outed his handiwork, CA left it there.  It was too helpful to remove!

Until now.  CalTrans finally removed Akrom’s sign because they replaced the entire Pasadena 110 sign with a new one – but his improvements were incorporated into the new signage, a testament to his insight and initiative.

Ankrom has photos of the sign on this website.

Here is another story about the Akrom project that includes an interesting video.

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