Courtesy of the mayor's Facebook page

ITHACA, N.Y. — The city has raised the traffic signal that once partially obstructed the view of the “Ithaca Commons” sign welcoming visitors downtown.

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Mayor Svante Myrick announced that the traffic signal had been moved on his Facebook page late Friday afternoon.

“You may have noticed that the new Ithaca Commons sign was partially blocked by the traffic signal when viewed from some angles,” Myrick said.

“We noticed too and heard from lots of people about it. So we raised the signal this week to remove the obstruction.”

Courtesy of the mayor’s Facebook page, posted last week
Courtesy of the mayor’s Facebook page, posted last week
The sign before the traffic light was moved, in early June. Jeff Stein/Ithaca Voice

The Ithaca Voice reported on criticism over the sign at City Hall earlier this month. Common Council member Ellen McCollister called it an “embarrassment” and an “aesthetic issue of not insignificant proportions.”

See related: New ‘Ithaca Commons’ sign comes under fire at City Hall

Myrick’s Facebook post did not address the status of the Ithaca Commons fountain, about which the Ithaca Voice also reported last week. (The fountain has been delayed, likely until 2016, in part because of internal communication problems at City Hall.)

Myrick did invite visitors to come to the Commons.

“If you haven’t been down to the Commons lately you should come check out the progress. It is no ones favorite construction project but the new surfaces, benches, trees and chess tables are worth seeing,” he said. “Also stop in and support the local businesses while they persevere through the construction.”

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.