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When I was a kid in the 1970s, downtown in my hometown was full of neon signs. Many of them, like this one, did mundane jobs like point people to parking. As a kid the neon helped me feel that downtown was alive and vital and important. The backlit plastic signs that slowly replaced them seemed so banal.

This old-style neon sign keeps doing its job on a parking garage in Downtown Indianapolis. I’ve parked in this garage before, many years ago. I had frequent business in the building next door, and they validated my parking. Unlike most Downtown garages, you don’t park your car yourself. You hand your keys to an attendant who gives you a receipt and parks your car for you.

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2 responses to “single frame: Park”

  1. J P Avatar

    For a time I had an office with a window that looked straight at this garage. As old as it is it must be extremely tight inside with a lot of blind corners because there were constant horn blasts which must have been the parking attendants way of letting each other know they were there. It sounds irritating but it quickly blended into the background.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I think it’s tightness is why the staff parked the cars.

      If I can get used to the constant drone of trucks on I-65 out my back window, I’m sure the beeping from the garage just became background noise after a while too!

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