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LA City Nerd is a group administrator LA City Nerd says:

SO... we have one more week to find the last 18 signs that were said to have existed (had been created by LADOT) at one time. I've broken them down into two categories: signs that should exist and signs that probably don't exist. Again, we're talking about the blue City signs with the seal on them.

Signs that should exist:
Atwater
Carthay Village
Griffith Park
La Cienega Ctr
La Fayette Park Square
North Hollywood
Pacific Palisades
San Pedro
Shadow Hills
Westwood
West Lake
West Los Angeles
Wilshire District
Wilshire Park Mile

Signs that no longer/ or not yet exist (to the best of this group's knowledge):
Arroyo View Estates
Sherman Village
South Park
Twin Plaza District
Western Heights

So, really there are 14 more that should be added to this pool. Right now, as of the posting of this message, there are 167 signs captured in this pool. Well done!
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Wildbell (Wi©ldb®el™l) says:

I'm not certain, but I think Shadow Hills is between Woodland Hills and Calabasas maybe... plus I tried pretty good to find a South Park sign and couldn't. Also I'll be giving La Fayette Park a circling sometime this week to try to find that one
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dailymatador says:

Shadow Hills is in the same neighborhood as Sunland/Tujunga. In fact, there were many signs in the area pointing it out that you are in Shadow Hills, but I couldn't find the blue signs.
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Pedestrian Photographer says:

I think you can eliminate Atwater. Circa 1988 the neighborhood changed its name to Atwater Village. (See history of Los Angeles Public Library Atwater Village branch.)

The only other Atwater I can find is the city of Atwater, CA, about 300 miles north in Merced County.
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waltarrrrr says:

It does seem that the Atwater signage was villagized, but according to the city, and maps, it still is called Atwater. I have yet to find a non-village sign there. Maybe there's a lingering sign north of Los Feliz Blvd?
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jfreyla says:

I got Westwood Village!!!111. Okay, I'm an LA Spaz. (This being only my second sign in the group...) I had an appointment in Westwood today and drove around looking for a (the) sign. Not finding it, I figured some UCLA student must have swiped it every year since it went up. On my final loop to head home, there it was, facing the entrance to UCLA at the start of Westwoood Blvd. So sneaky. Driving home to West LA I had my camera out to spot the WLA sign, but alas and alack, no joy.
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jfreyla says:

LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

Do you think I might read more carefully? Holy cow. "Westwood" not "Westwood Village."

Did I mention I'm a spaz?

oh well, it was fun to catch the bus in the shot that said "UCLA"
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quizzical bat [deleted] says:

Sending another 'Westwood Village' example. Didn't see any in the area that just read 'Westwood.' Also, Iv'e only seen 'Park Mile' and not 'Wilshire Park Mile.' Such discrepencies would be typical of any such listings.
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fair throne [deleted] says:

I'm going to try to find a couple of these today. I tried finding the North Hollywood one as well last week, but couldn't. I definitely remember seeing the 'Twin Plaza District' one on Victory Blvd. a few years ago, but I'm not sure if it's still there.
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Wildbell (Wi©ldb®el™l) says:

OK, so I circle La Fayette Park on my bike this morning on the way to work, and on the way home chugged it up La Fayette Park Place from 6th Street to 3rd. With 98% certainty I attest that there is no La Fayette Park Square signage
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fair throne [deleted] says:

And, I'm going to have to concede that the Twin Plaza District signage is gone. I went back and forth around the intersections of Victory and Laurel Canyon three times yesterday, partially by car and partially by foot, and didn't find a one. I definitely remember it being there back in '01-'02 when I worked around there, so it's got to be gone.

I think I know why, though. I did some Googling, and it turns out that in '04, when the plans to raze the strips malls and build new ones first began, they were going to be renaming the area. Of course, the building of the new middle school has squelched those plans, at least for now, but I'm guessing they took the signs down prematurely.

As for the North Hollywood sign, I'm still looking. I've been up and down most of Laurel Canyon, Vineland and Lankershim and haven't found it. I'm starting to think NoHo Arts did in fact supercede it.
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quizzical bat [deleted] says:

Gave Griffith Park a good going-over yesterday--did not see any LA City Neighborhood signs. Did however see coyotes, deer, and bats which was a pretty cool experience in the middle of the metropolis.
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fair throne [deleted] says:

I have a feeling that the Griffith Park sign, assuming it still exists, is not actually in Griffith Park itself. I'm going to give it a try later today...
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dailymatador says:

I second (thirded?) the finding that the North Hollywood and Griffith Park signs are incognito after doing a weekend trek of those areas. Pacific Palisades might also fall into the "everyone-knows-where-it-is-but-theres-no-sign" category since I found nothing up-and down Sunset. Shadow Hills too. I'll be shocked if San Pedro isn't signed either.

There's always the option that we can put those missing signs up ;)
I think I know the font.
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trainman74 says:

Only 75 bucks if you can determine exactly which version they use (looks like it's either "E" or "Em").
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fair throne [deleted] says:

Better yet, we could make up our neighborhoods...

>:-)
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dailymatador says:

Are those fonts the official ones trainman74? Because I thought it was this one right here and it costs so much less. Actually, I think they use slightly different ones. For example, Chinatown and Hillside Village signs drop the dots on the "i', but keep it for other signs.
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philiptomhom says:

In Chinatown one sign (Broadway sign) has no dot on the i and on hill street the sigh has a dot on the i.
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trainman74 says:

That MyFonts version looks like a knockoff of what I linked to, which is indeed the official Federal Highway Administration sign font -- most frequently seen as freeway exit signs in most states, but many state and local governments use it for other purposes as well.

Incidentally, New York City's sign shop offers custom-made signs to the public -- too bad L.A. doesn't do the same thing, or we could all have our very own neighborhood signs relatively easily.
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Kirk McDonald says:

I found the San Pedro sign! Now I just have to figure out how to upload the picture (I've never used Flickr before).
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flickrolla says:

for shadow hills : try driving around the borders of la tuna canyon road, stonehurst, sunland blvd., wheatland, and wentworth st. if memory serves me right it may be a little right after the 210 overpass on sunland blvd. going southwest or sumtin like it
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