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Guerrilla Street Markings Are No More
Earlier this month some mysterious guerrilla artist took the liberty of adding some street markings to the four-way stop intersection at 6th and St. Helens in downtown Tacoma. The odd intersection gives the condos their unique shape, but also makes for a lengthy, and at times precarious, crossing for pedestrians in this “walkable” neighborhood. Obviously someone felt the walkability could be improved with a little paint, and took matters into their own hands.
Just in time for the beginning of Bike Month, some creative individual (or individuals) added a free-hand sharrow in front of Maxwell’s; a reminder that the roadway there is indeed shared between bicyclists and vehicles. They also added a lengthy crosswalk, bridging the awkward intersection where the angular Baker Street converges with 6th and St. Helens, below the Triangle condos.
This week, however, the City showed that it feels differently. Street grinders showed up, and the renegade markings were blasted away, leaving the intersection once again naked and significantly rougher than before.
We’ve heard some outrage on the Facebooks and elsewhere from Tacomans who liked the markings. Although asked, so far we haven’t heard anything from the City on why this was such a high priority ...
Also spotted over on King5.com.
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