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These Outrageous Parking Signs In Culver City Will Make Your Jaw Drop [Updated]

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We've seen a lot of inscrutable parking signs in our day, but this enigmatic totem pole of parking signage trumps them all.

It's hard to read the individual signs—and that's really the point here—but it appears that most of them are related to the fact that they're near a school. Curbed LA says that the sign in question is in Culver City near Linwood Howe Elementary, and they have a photo of a twin nearby. They're around 15 feet tall, so good luck reading those top signs, to say nothing of trying to decode the whole thing. This is one of those times when we could use a better-designed parking sign.

Tipsters tell Curbed the new signs went up last night, and there are a bunch of new signs south of downtown. A quick look at Google street view reveals that at least one of the previous signs was relatively sane:

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UPDATE 5 p.m.: It took less than 24 hours but the Los Angeles Times reports that the tower had been halved by this afternoon. The paper spoke to Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells who explains that the signs taken down were meant to be temporary. Neighbors complained that parking is tight in the neighborhood during school pick-up and drop-off. But when parking restrictions were tightened, staff and parents complained that it was too hard to access the school. The new, now retracted signs were meant to let parents know about a new parking valet program meant to solve the problem.

But Sahli-Wells admit the signs only made things worse: “When I saw the number of signs, originally intended to communicate to the public and school community about the new procedures, it was clear to me and everyone else who saw them that rather than clarifying the new procedures, they were just confusing.”

School starts on Monday and there will be plenty of staff on hand to explain what those signs couldn't. Ultimately, there should only be four signs altogether, which still seems like a bit, much but it's certainly an improvement over what went up last night.

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