November 23rd, 2019


Community Building Tip: Redesign a Crosswalk

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City."

1. Redesign a crosswalk. In 2015, a handful of Seattle streets were reborn when a rogue designer painted colorful new crosswalks. Instead of wiping them away, the city made them a permanent part of the landscape, and even appropriated the idea, setting up a community crosswalk program so other neighborhoods could create their own colorful street art. Between promoting community pride and increasing pedestrian visibility and safety, it’s a quick, colorful step forward. Check out Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica for more examples.

Consider also 3D crosswalks, which create an illusion of raised blocks that can encourage drivers to slow down.

Poem: "The Book of Bargains"

This poem came out of the November 19, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] erulisse. It also fills the "wrapping a gift" square in my 9-5-18 "Kind and Soft" card for the 1000 Words or Less Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Arts and Crafts America.

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