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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Visitor Information Center, New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven has a handsome Visitor Center at a high-visibility downtown location. The center is located at 1000 Chapel Street adjacent to the New Haven Green and notable buildings of Yale University. On this same street just a block away is the Yale Center for British Art, and a number of other cultural attractions, shops, and restaurants.

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Most of the success of this center is its corner location. The center is clearly marked with custom-made projecting signs, neon flush mounted signs, and decals applied to the windows. Efforts to harmonize the center with the historic building it is located in while keeping a contemporary and modern feel are also notable.

The center appears to be supported by the sale of memorabilia and tickets to attractions and special events. Whether the center is open or closed the handsome downtown area map is enlarged and always on display. Use of the question mark symbol helps to immediately establish for people this is a good place to go to have their questions answered. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 10am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 10pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm.

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