The city of Seattle is encouraging community involvement and creativity by allowing its community members to design hand-painted crosswalks. This program hopes to inspire creativity, while reminding citizens that streets and crosswalks are public property, which makes them everyone's property.
While cities often view street art as vandalism, the "city’s Department of Transportation announced this week that it will permit its community members to customize their neighborhood crosswalks." The Department of Transportation will make funds available for the project and will also have to approve all of the creative ideas in order to ensure the roads are not disruptive or inappropriate.
While the city of Seattle has seen the crosswalks painted for Pride and for Pan Am, this new initiative will build bonds within neighborhoods and allow people to publicly express themselves.