'Crosswalk Vigilantes' Beset Pittsburgh

Diana Nelson Jones describes how residents of "one of the most spirited do-it-yourself neighborhoods in the city" took it upon themselves to improve pedestrian safety.
September 26, 2012, 5am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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At a particularly dangerous intersection in Polish Hill, anonymous residents who were apparently fed up with unheeded requests to the city to paint crosswalks have taken matters into their own hands. According to Jones, "four newly painted crosswalks, each of slightly different width, recently appeared at the intersection of Melwood Avenue and Finland Street."

"Originally reported on the Polish Hill Civic Association's Blogski, this do-it-yourself solution to a traffic problem is illegal, but some residents are delighted that if the city wouldn't help slow down vehicles, someone did. The civic association reports that intersection is 'one of the problem spots ... where residents have been suffering the impact of speeding and careless drivers for years.'"

"The civic association has formally requested that the city paint crosswalks at that intersection and reports on its blog -- blogski.phcapgh.org -- that while it 'didn't initiate this action and doesn't know who did, we share the concern that motivated it.'"


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Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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