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Paint the Street Fantastic

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Published on Jul 2, 2012

Paint the Street Fantastic is a short film about Intersection Repair Projects in Portland, Oregon. For more information, go to http://cityrepair.org/how-to/placemak...

These community building projects happen when people get a permit from the city to paint their intersection. Intersection Repair Projects build relationships between neighbors in amazing ways, create a high degree of ownership by those who live there, and are a physical expression of who lives in the neighborhood or its history.

To create their design, neighbors often hold potlucks and other get-togethers to discuss what they want to do. At several intersections, neighbors build other projects like benches, community kiosks, planters, community compost projects, book sharing stations, garden produce sharing stations, even a playhouse where neighborhood kids share their toys.

While these projects are great for building community, they do not have an effect on the speed of traffic, number of cars, or the likelihood that someone will stop at a stop sign. They only occur at very quiet intersections in calm residential settings.

To get a permit, the neighbors work with the city to approve a design. Once they have an approved design, they carry a petition for their neighbors to sign. 100% of the adjacent properties (typically the 4 corners) plus 80% of neighbors along the street for two blocks (not a radius) have to sign the petition. So, a high level of community consensus has to built.

Once they have a permit, they hold a block party where the intersection is closed to motor vehicle traffic. A large painting party takes place in the street! After a year of cars driving on the paintings, they tend to fade. This means the neighbors keep getting together every year to repaint. In this video, you'll see some new and some refreshed Intersection Repair Projects. Painting every year is another way these projects build community between neighbors.

For more information, see http://cityrepair.org

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