I adore architecture and sculpture. Somehow, I generally don't love it when cities try to sell their neighborhoods with poorly-designed sinage or art. Below find an apt description of the Temescal district: Cool shops, Global Eats, and Hip Happenings. Yes, all of this is true, but somehow saying it . . . like this . . . I guess what I'd rather see is a font & design that works to capture the image of a world-class neighborhood.
Berkeley shines a spotlight on the border it shares with Oakland. This split "Here" on the Berkeley side and "There" on the Oakland side is called playful by some, irksome by others. I do like the font and sheer size of the sculpture. Can't say I like the message, though.
Laurel's archways in Oakland are loud and proud. Providing two archways at the start and end of the Laurel's main street, this is expressive, easy to read, easy on the eyes, and seems to be happy to see you.