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Guerilla crosswalk painter marks up Roslindale intersection

STOP at Fairview and South in Roslindale

An ad-hoc crosswalk and an exhortation to motorists now tries to slow down motorists barreling down Fairview Street past the stop sign at the corner with South Street in Roslindale.

H/t Keep Roslindale Quirky.

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Just like Domino's filling in potholes.

Picture a nice new crosswalk with BIG stop sign.

Then smaller letters underneath with & Shop.

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Genius!

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Would love to see something like this along Comm. Ave, there are entire stretches of road right now with no lane markings, never mind the bike lanes and crosswalks.

I've opened plenty of 311 tickets regarding this, snow removal and massive potholes along a stretch at BU but they keep punting and saying its the responsibility of MassDOT/contractors while construction is ongoing for the Pike and new cycletrack. Writing to MassDOT does nothing, as they claim its the city's responsibility.

Who's job is it anyway?

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Crosswalk or caltrops.
Your choice BTD.

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6 sided pointy things ftw

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Everybody tell me how I need to be taxed to pay for roads when graffiti taggers and pizza chains will do it themselves.

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Somebody explain to Will how much asphalt, grading and traffic signalization costs.

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Don't give it to me as a dollar figure, give it to me as a percentage of what we spend on defense and on Betsy DeVos.

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I realize they wear off but it amazes me that the city and state don't maintain pavement markings. A failure to obey pavement markings carries a heavy fine under chapter 89 so it would pay for itself. In this case, if you had an official STOP stenciled on the roadway you would have two violations but more importantly, people who don't see the posted sign might see the marking on the road and actually STOP. Not to mention RIGHT TURN ONLY, arrows etc.

If the city can't maintain them there are many great private companies that do private parking lots so why not put it out to bid? I'm no expert but there is a relatively new "heavy" reflective paint that lasts on the road for years. For all the money blown on six figure city and state salaries and phony programs, this is a disgrace that a citizen has to buy paint and attempt to fix an issue ignored by City Hall.

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I don't understand why Boston is so bad at the basic functions of a city.

No one has ever been able to explain this to me.

As an aside, I had to park in Southie a few weekends ago and wondered if there was such a thing as a map of parking signs/regulations. Haha! A friend helped me find a spot and I managed to avoid a ticket. Meanwhile, NYC has an interactive map showing *every* parking sign in 302 square miles.

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And it's not just quiet streets in out-of-the-way neighborhoods. Major streets downtown have been missing their lane lines for *years*.

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Because there's some sick sense of pride in having a city that difficult to navigate in for everyone.

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Except Broadway through Winter Hill hasn't had lane markings since....?

Though right now that has more to do with Eversource, and they are (allegedly) coming soon.

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Boston has a lot more road miles than Somerville or Cambridge, but their budget for road markings should address that. Poor pavement markings have long been a problem in Boston, so I’m not surprised folks are pointing the streets themselves. It seems like the only way to get attention do a problem spot like this.

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A dude calling himself "Wanksy" started painting cartoon interpretations of mammalian male sex organs around potholes: https://www.theverge.com/2015/5/2/8535259/penis-pothole-activism-wanksy-...

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Somebody tried that in my suburban home town.

Didn't work.

DPW wasn't getting gamed, sent someone out - to paint out the street "enhancement" with black paint.

I sympathize a bit with the people in that neighborhood if the paving on their block was as bad as long as they said, but they only made matters worse (especially as people who were shouting the "what are we paying all these absurdly high property taxes for?" refrain)

They didn't think it out. A town doesn't have a standing pothole crew, like a larger city might. The DPW is only going to do a rotation of a few streets a year for repaving or major repairs - because it involves having the crew, dump truck(s), spreader, tools, and sending a crew out ahead to properly prepare the surface (grinding it, and cutting out bad spots). ...or have some contractor do it. They're not going to run over to the hot asphalt plant for a couple of wheelbarrows-full. They do it when they're ready for multiple truckloads.

Sending a couple of guys out with cold patch or something - that isn't going to last, will need to be redone, and so a waste of money.
Somebody painting their wish-fulfillment self-portrait on the street only results in the town shaving to was a small(er) amount of money to cover the graffiti with paint or sealcoat until the actual repair can be done right.

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I guess people have finally figured out 311 is useless.

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In Rozzie, we have some people who will report a car "abandoned for months" if a car is parked on their street for more than a day. 311 will address it right away. Yet post about speeding and it will sit open forever. And BTD is not better - they will just order a "traffic study", AKA nothing will be done. I wish this guy used a stencil or something but I agree with his frustration.

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in Brighton. The crosswalk markings there have long faded to nothing, and have never been repainted.

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And at Linden Street at Cambridge Street in Allston. I've been trying to get that crosswalk repainted since May 2017, with no success. The first couple of 311 tickets were closed with notes that the work would be done when the weather allowed (mid-summer isn't the right weather for crosswalk painting?) and all subsequent tickets have been left open and ignored.

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S/he also marked out the nearby bus stop on Walter Street by the Green T cafe.

(Sorry I would have snapped a photo had I realized it was newsworthy.)

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The intersection of North and Richmond Streets were repaved a couple months ago and we're still waiting for the crosswalks to be painted...

I'm all for this type of guerrilla painting if the City isn't handling it. Back in May, I saw a group of neighbors in Troy, NY doing the same thing (although with seemingly proper measurements). Instead of ordinary zebra lines, they were adding words to describe the neighborhood.

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I'm not sure this one is up to code either.

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Will be amused to see the followup photo showing the city Graffiti Busters powerwashing it away.

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This is some truly clever street art! It not only makes a statement, but it also has a practical purpose. There are some areas in Boston that really could use more pedestrian crosswalks.

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