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Walk on the Wild Side

The Parkside neighborhood has a whimsical new addition as of this week. A crosswalk mimicking the markings of a zebra has been painted at the corner of Parkside and Russell. Community members came together to tackle the issue of traffic calming in an effective and artistic way. For years neighbors have been looking for ways to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the street. The added exposure for The Zoo is pretty incredible as well.

Over the years, there have been talks of grassroots art campaigns of these types. A crosswalk effort almost came to fruition on Grant Street a few years ago. Allentown does have a temporary colorful crosswalk that was laid down during a pro-bike event. But the one that we see here is the first real guerrilla, or in this case “gorilla”, effort that has been successful due to its permanent nature. It would be great to see additional crosswalks in the neighborhood painted in similar wildlife motifs.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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