99% Invisible

99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design and architecture.

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    The skyline of beautiful downtown Oakland, California, is defined by various towers by day, but at night there is one that shines far more brightly than the rest: the neon-illuminated Tribune Tower.

    Each side of the tower says “Tribune” in bright red letters, and has a neon-illuminated clock with neon hands. Neon this prominent and well-maintained stands out for its brightness, of course, but it also has become a rarity in the 21st century city.

    Avery Trufelman explores the history of neon signs and the tube benders who made our cities spectacular.

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