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Angie Schmitt, writing for Streetblog.net, covers the plan by Seattle to allow communities to paint their own crosswalks, that the city hopes will give people a sense ownership back to their community. Ms. Schmitt is a writer and activist based in Cleveland and manages the national sustainable transportation advocacy blog, Streetblog.net. She is a former newspaper reporter with a masters degree in urban planning, design and development. Streetsblog, which is produced by OpenPlans, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities.

Seattle Will Let Neighborhoods Design Their Own Crosswalks

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By Angie Schmitt | StreetsBlog Network | 9/15/15

Here’s a great idea from Seattle that can help serve as a reminder that streets are community spaces — not just avenues to speed through on the way from one place to another. The city has adopted a new program that allows neighborhoods to design their own crosswalks.

Tom Fucoloro at Seattle Bike Blog reports the program was inspired by a group of neighbors who painted a crosswalk in their neighborhood red, black, and green — the colors of the Pan-African flag — as a response to gentrification pressures. He says:

Today, SDOT announced a new program to allow neighborhoods to officially implement custom crosswalks. It’s certainly a longer process than buying some paint and doing it yourself, but it will also last longer and the city will make sure it meets safety standards.

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Customization Can Give Supporters a Sense of Ownership On Seattle Crosswalks Painting Project

The city of Seattle believes that gentrification of neighborhoods has made it hard for its citizens to consider their community their home so they are allowing communities to custom paint their own crosswalks in an effort to help them build a sense of ownership.

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