“Colorful designs can have traffic-calming effects on roadways, identify space for pedestrians, or even simply make underpasses and road barriers less of an eyesore. Projects like this can also be an avenue for community engagement within a changing city.” says Andrew Small of Citylab.
While Michael Bloomberg was New York City Mayor, his administration saw the transformation of 180 acres of road space and 60 park plazas into vibrant urban corridors. The traffic was re-routed and the asphalt painted.
Now Bloomberg Associates, in collaboration with Street Plans Collaborative, announced the Asphalt Art Initiative. The focus of this initiative is visual interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and infrastructure like utility boxes, traffic barriers and underpasses.
Bloomberg also announced a competition. Ten small and mid-sized American cities (with populations of 30,000-500,000) could receive up to $25,000 each to implement their own arts-driven transportation projects during 2020. Cities can apply until Thursday, December 12, 2019.
Not only can paint make the streets safer but it can tell a story and engage the people that live in the community.
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