Post Number: 1277
|Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 1:27 am: || |
I just saw one of the new white standard Michigan plates today. Anyone else seen one? Opinions?
(I liked the old blue one better.)
Post Number: 724
|Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 3:56 am: || |
"Old blue" graced every car that I owned during my years living in Detroit, so it'll always be a piece of nostalgia for me.
While I thought the previous alternative to the blue plate was atrocious, I like the new designs.
I couldn't help but notice that the "Spectacular Peninsulas" plate shares a few design elements with our plates here in New York.
Post Number: 438
|Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 4:05 pm: || |
I wonder where the yearly tabs will go...will they cover the city...the trees...or part of "peninsulas"?
Post Number: 2068
|Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 4:15 pm: || |
This thread regarding the new plate was pretty funny:
Post Number: 84
|Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 11:09 pm: || |
Will this be Lowell's new plate?
Post Number: 1278
|Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 7:16 am: || |
Talk about spectacular penises notwithstanding, I was referring to the new standard white plate pictured above. Pretty bland, and inferior to the old Lake Superior blue plate, if you ask me.
No reflective background on that blue plate? Awwww. Just DEAL with it, coppers.
And including "www.Michigan.gov" at the bottom of the new plate is so passe. What? The state has an Internet site? Gee whiz! Wow!
Including the state's Web site address might have been pushing the envelope in 1996 or so, but these days everyone's on the Internet using search engines like Google, and it's easy to find any site you're looking for. "www.Michigan.gov" would be anyone's best educated guess anyway.
"Great Lakes" at the bottom of the plate as a slogan (or "Water Wonderland," which was used back in the '60s) would have been just fine.
Post Number: 1038
|Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 1:57 pm: || |
How 'bout this slogan, Fury? (Apologies to Yaktown!)
Post Number: 1241
|Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 4:36 pm: || |
Agreed. "Great Lakes" should have been left.
While I don't live in michigan, I would have taken the old blue over the Mackinac, but i think I'll take spectacular peninsulas over the new standard issue. Yuck.
Post Number: 587
|Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 8:18 pm: || |
Post Number: 1039
|Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 9:10 pm: || |
Would love to see that one on the back of an Escalade, Thnk2mch!
Post Number: 3415
|Posted on Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 4:47 pm: || |
... and then there's Wisconsin's license plate... who's motto should be "Smell My Dairy Air"...
Post Number: 1247
|Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 12:09 am: || |
This is still the best damn one:
Post Number: 13
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 1:21 am: || |
its getting that way!
Post Number: 1267
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 9:38 am: || |
What is that sharp edged building in the middle of the Detroit skyline on the New York-like plate?
Post Number: 1311
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 9:52 am: || |
Two big reasons they switched from Old Blue to the new white ones. #1: white background with blue letters are easier for law enforcement to read from a distance. And #2: this helps weed out people who are using expired plates with fake tabs. They are forced to get a new plate.
Post Number: 198
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 11:06 am: || |
There are some strange things going on with the latest series of license plates. Since the state adopted the latest series of numbers, three letters and four digits (AAA NNNN), there have been inconsistencies with the format. This goes for the old blue plate and the new white plate.
You will see plates with the numbers and digits mashed together (AAANNNN), others have a gap (AAA NNNN).
Some of the plates with the gap have a smaller and boxier font.
On top of that, sometimes it appears the 2 and the Z are in a different font than the other characters of the same plate.
Back to your regularly scheduled programming....
Post Number: 2353
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 11:13 am: || |
1953, I'm not sure. I'm pretty sure they melded together the skylines of Detroit and Grand Rapids, which is just stupid.
Post Number: 199
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 11:53 am: || |
State Capitol Building in Lansing
Renaissance Center in Detroit
Alticor Building in Grand Rapids
The Genessee Towers in Flint
http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0, 1607,7-127-1640-149152--,00.ht ml
I could have sworn that was Joe's Bar in Alpena to the left of the Ren Cen.
Post Number: 1483
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 12:45 pm: || |
hate the new plate, like crash-nyc said, pretty damn close to the NYS plate...which sucks because I was happy to get that ugly plate off of my car when i moved here
Post Number: 834
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 1:09 pm: || |
I did some completely non-scientific and biased observations the other night, and the Lake Superior Blue plate is just as easy to read, if not easier, than the newer ones. Really, it is! The real problem is with dumbasses that let layers of dirt cover the plates so you can't read them no matter what type they are.
It's interesting that the font on the blue plate has been in use since circa 1942. I always liked its beefy, no-nonsense look which seemed appropriate to the state. The newer font is lame, but not as lame as putting the website name on the plate.
Post Number: 835
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 1:12 pm: || |
I should have clarified that the font used for "MICHIGAN" (not the big alphanumeric font) hadn't changed since '42.
Post Number: 182
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 4:36 pm: || |
I wish they had used the mott foundation building for flint rather than genesee towers - especially since there is talk of tearing that vacant eyesore down. Besides that, which one is it? none of them really look like it, unless it's one of those short block looking buildings. Not a very good representation.
I also wonder why they used a completely different font for 'www.Michigan.gov' than they use on their website. it's lame anyways, a decade too late. should have kept 'Great Lakes'
Post Number: 1308
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 5:14 pm: || |
Ro_resident: When the Secretary of State first went to three letters and four numbers on the blue license plate, circa 2005, a seven-digit die set was used, so there was no room for a space between the letters and numbers. I believe that it was somewhere in the AFP letter-combination sequence that the plates changed to an eight-digit die set (narrower letters/numbers) with a more squared-off look. The eight-digit die set was retained for the new standard white plate and allows longer personalizations as well as a space between the letters and numbers. The blue plate's letter sequence got as far as AJS or so, and the earliest letter sequence I've seen on the new white plate is BCX. The latest one I've seen is BGG.
All sorts of national license plate info at http://www.licenseplates.cc/.
Post Number: 1309
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 5:18 pm: || |
Another thing: the new white plate has some sort of hologram built into it, presumably for security or anti-counterfeit purposes (hmmm, wonder if it's some sort of tracking device for use by the cops?).
Post Number: 836
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 5:41 pm: || |
Scottr-- In the plate, Genesee Towers is supposed to be the building with the penthouse, immediately left of the hole.
I ventured into Genesee Towers with a friend several times during summer 2001, when only a couple of tenants were left. Most floors were vacant, and there were abandoned cars on the top level of the parking structure. On floor 10, there were still nameplates for NBD employees and various trash & junk strewn around. A stuffy, disagreeable smell was settling in. God knows what the place looks like inside now.
The last tenant moved out some time ago. Most of the time, the only lights visible in the building are the red aircraft light (I remember when it was a searchlight!) and some lights by the lobby door. Late last summer, I was driving by the building and heard loud music coming out of an open window! The slumlord that owns it maintains that the city of Flint holds a personal vendetta against him.
Post Number: 183
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 5:57 pm: || |
yeah i figured that, but it looks more like one woodward to me - either the penthouse is too big, or the building's too narrow for it to be genesee towers. but i guess expecting some semblance of accuracy is too much.
personally, i don't blame the city if they do have a personal vendetta against him. everything i've heard about the building from the past few years sounds exactly like you described. he appears to be making no attempt to return the building to a usable space.
Post Number: 29
|Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 9:51 pm: || |
i have a Superior Blue veteran plate. i got it in 1992 when i separated...
i know they will be sending me a new blue on white plate with that neato Michigan slogan "www.Michigan.gov" but im wondering if it will be the same letter/number combination. ive had it for 14-1/2 years now, and i like it...