The DC citywide wayfinding program is unique in that it actually became a reality after more than 25 years of failed attempts to design and implement such a system. Geared to the wayfinding needs of the city's 22 million annual tourists, this signage program is a huge success among both visitors and residents. The signs often appear in location shots on the television program "The West Wing." The wayfinding system consists of pedestrian-related directional, identification, and map signs, as well as vehicular signs that interface with local roads and highways.
Located in the Hato Rey district of San Juan, Plaza Las Americas shopping center has recently undergone a $210 million renovation and expansion. The design blends the climate, culture, heritage, and plants and flowers of the region into an array of tropical sights, sounds, and experiences in the form of several themed courts. These unique themed environments include a tropical rainforest, flora, fauna, stars, rain, and the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
The key to the program was to first direct visitors to the Tranportation and Visitor Center, centrally located on the Newport Waterfront. This facility has a large parking garage and serves as the transportation hub for buses and shuttles serving all parts of the city. The goal was to get visitors to parking areas as quicky and expeditiously as possible, get them out of their cars and encourage them to experience Newport at its best: on foot.