With symbols of the Confederacy under increased scrutiny, one has been located in an unlikely place. A New York City subway station has received enough complaints saying their tile arrangement resembles the Confederate flag that it has plans to rectify the problem.
The tiles at the Times Square station, which were installed almost 100 years ago, will be modified, according to an announcement by the MTA Friday. They say the original architects laid the familiar pattern due to Times Square’s nickname: “Crossroads of the World.”
Some have suspected that the design was chosen to honor the Southern heritage of former New York Times newspaper head Adolph S. Ochs, as the station sits beneath the former Times building.
The station will be modifying the pattern, nonetheless, “to avoid absolutely any confusion” and to “make that absolutely crystal clear,” the subway station told reporters.
— NYRogerStern (@NYRogerStern) August 18, 2017
After the announcement, some people said they felt the subway system’s time and money would be better spent on more necessary improvements.
Others have expressed that the move is a welcome one, and agree that the tiles were an obvious nod to the wayward Confederacy.
— Curbed NY (@CurbedNY) August 18, 2017
— Clinton Kowach (@clintonkowach) August 18, 2017
The train system is on the verge of collapse, but the MTA will focus on this ridiculous nonsense! Who ever even noticed these tiles?
— Joe Canyousee (@JoeCanyousee) August 18, 2017
They should replace faulty signals & improve subway service!
— Henry Golis (@ParkLaneDrive) August 18, 2017
Why ridiculous? Plenty of evidence that the Times Square subway tiles were indeed intended to evoke the Confederate flag.
— Tim Pierce (@qwrrty) August 18, 2017
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