Boston street signage

Probs obvious, but any idea? Pretty sure it's not Clearview, Highway Gothic or Helvetica Cond. Need to know for a friend's piece in the Globe.

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Appears to be a horrifically abused Helvetica. For shame, Boston, for shame.

Is this real? apart from the appalling type, it looks very cheap and flimsy.

When the verticals look thin and the horizontals thick, that is an indication the font may have been [[http://typophile.com/node/12967|Squooshed]]. Here is Helvetica bold squooshed by a factor of 0.55, i.e. 55% !