miércoles, 24 de octubre de 2012

Talking point: How well do you know your city or town?

As The New York Times reported in the Student Opinion section of The Learning Network, New York City has announced that it will install new pedestrian-friendly street signs. One option under consideration is the “You Are Here” map, commonly seen at shopping centers, airports and amusement parks.

How well do you know the streets of the place where you live?
Do you know how to get everywhere?
Whenever you have visitors and decide to show them around, where do you usually take them?
Have you recently discovered a new area, place or interesting part of your city/town?
Are some parts of town a mystery to you?
Do you find your way easily when driving?
If you need to go anywhere by public transport, do you have to plan your route in advance?
Do you think you would ever have to use street signs in your town/city if your city/town had them?
What do you know about the history of your city/town?
Are you interested in the street names of your city/town and in finding out about why those people/events are important to your city/town?

To gain further insight into New York City's idea, you can read The New York Times article by MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM City Signs to Help Pedestrians (They Aren’t Just for Tourists).

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