Eyes on the Street: DIY Painting Between the Cracks in Silver Lake

Undisclosed Silver Lake intersection. Photo by Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog L.A.
Public pavement art at an undisclosed Silver Lake intersection. Photo by Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog L.A.

L.A.’s Department of Do-It-Yourself has been busy piloting some non-Highway-Design-Manual-approved pavement treatments at an undisclosed intersection somewhere in Silver Lake. SBLA is not going to name the streets for fear that it would make it marginally easier for official city forces to overlay their gray-heavy official design motifs there.

Streetsblog Communities Editor Sahra Sulaiman reports: “By highlighting the many, many cracks in the intersection’s cement, the paint actually makes it easier to see the uneven sections. I think it also helps alert drivers to the fact that the intersection is in terrible condition and someone walking or on a bike might need to navigate it more slowly… so you could make the argument that it is a safety mechanism.”

Readers: What do you think of this intersection? Can anybody tell us who is responsible for the paint work above? What D.I.Y. work have we missed in your neighborhood? If you want, tip SBLA anonymously here.

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Last month, I sent a photo illustrating some of the new designs that had popped up at Effie and Hyperion in Silver Lake (above) to Joe and Damien. Joe, without disclosing the location, posted it to Streetsblog with a brief accompanying explanation. As he noted, the intersection has seen various DIY interventions. The painting of […]