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Richmond: A sign of change at historic Civic Center

By Chris Treadway
Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 11:22 pm in Contra Costa County, Richmond.

A change is in progress to a familiar sight on Macdonald Avenue in Richmond. When the city reopened its historic Civic Center in December 2009 after an extensive renovation, the original marquee announcing events was left unchanged.

For more than half a century the sign has informed the public about upcoming events — spelled out, movie theater-style — in large plastic block letters.

The marquee will soon be joining the 21st century, or at least the late 20th century. Let’s just say it will be updated.

According to an item in the city manager’s report for Jan. 28:

“The Facilities Maintenance Division continues relocating all electrical connections from the existing Civic Center Plaza Marquee to accommodate the installation of the new LED Marquee.”

The city hopes the auditorium will become an event center like it was in its heyday and the new sign will make it easier to announce multiple events. At the same time, there was an understated dignity created by the built-in limitations of its predecessor.

UPDATE from the latest city manager’s report: “The Facilities Maintenance Division completed relocating all electrical connections from the existing Civic Center Plaza Marquee which will be removed next Tuesday, February 8th, to accommodate the installation of the new LED Marquee.”


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