It resembles an alien craft from War of the Worlds—a three-legged pylon sign with a triangular box perched atop it. When it was built in the early 1960s, it read “Parkway Plaza”—the name of the Maryland Parkway/Sahara Avenue strip mall located underneath. Sometime later, the name of the center was changed to Amall, and the sign with it. Many times we’ve contemplated that sign’s no-duh simplicity, but now a Planet Fitness has moved into the plaza, and it has taken over the sign, too. We’re conflicted: While that street corner badly needed new retail and services, we’ll miss the vaguely alien phrasing of Amall. Perhaps they’d consider Agym?
Thu, Jan 4, 2018 (8 a.m.)