Mary Jo Porter from Seattle knew I’d love this piece from Monday’s Seattle Times: a ladybug painted on an intersection in Wallingford by the residents.

Thinking of it as a traffic-calming device, more than a dozen residents joined Sunday to create the ladybug artwork, surrounded by flower petals in vivid yellow, black and red paint.
With a radius of 26 feet, it stretches across the intersection, with some painted leaves spreading onto the adjacent pavement.
“Our goal is to cut down traffic and bring the community together and create a sense of neighborhood,” said Eric Higbee, who lives on the corner and helped lead the project.
The intersection artwork, a pilot project for the city, has been in the works for about five months, he said, adding that the neighborhood received a $1,400 city grant to pay for the paint and perm

It’s an idea that comes, of course, from Portland – the City Repair Project.  Hopefully it will spread across the border.


  1. City Repair on satellite tv.
    Tuesday, January 9, DISH Network will show Episode 92 of “Perils For Pedestrians”.
    Contents of Episode 92 (2004):
    –We drop in on the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.
    –The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a new Active Living by Design program.
    –The City Repair Project works at the community level in Portland, Oregon.
    –We learn about the rideshare program for Salem, Oregon.
    –We talk with a former Salem Mayor about the failure to finance the Sidewalk Construction And Maintenance Program (SCAMP).
    DISH Network Channel 9411 — The Universityhouse Channel
    Tuesday — 9:30 pm Eastern, 6:30 Pacific
    Episode 92 is also available on Google Video:
    Note: Public access cable channels are showing different episodes than DISH Network.
    Thank you.

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