Wallyhood totally blew it. Several weeks ago, Gene e-mailed us to let us know that the city was holding an open informational session on Saturday, January 31st to let people know how they could go about painting their intersection the way the intersection of 48th and Burke is painted (below), including information on permitting and possible funding sources.
Well, we thought we’d be clever and wait until shortly before the informational session itself to let you know, so it would be fresh in your mind. OK, maybe we didn’t quite trust you to remember if we told you several weeks in advance.
Today, we went back to read the mail Gene sent, and we realized that the city asks you to let them know by close of business Thursday, January 22rd if you’re interested!
We’re sorry. We love the ladybug and we think all of Wallingford should be painted with beautiful designs in its intersections, and now there will be no intersection painting, and it’s all our fault! Bad Wallyhood, bad bad Wallyhood!
OK, look, it’s not too late. After all, these aren’t grim, faceless bureaucrats. The woman you want to speak with is named Jane Rebelowski and it is her job to help people paint ladybugs in their intersections. That’s no job for a grim, faceless bureaucrat, that’s a job for a Dr. Suess character. Minister of Intersection Ladybugs. I’m sure she’ll bend the rule for you, especially if you tell her it’s Wallyhood’s fault.
So, here’s the skinny:
If you want to learn how to paint your intersection, there’s an informational session this Saturday, January 31st from 10 am to noon at Harry Thomas Community Center @ Lee House (7315 39th Ave S). Why?
Painted intersections help give your community a sense of place, and are a great way to organize your neighborhood around a common goal. They may also have indirect effects on helping to slow traffic in your neighborhood by making drivers aware that this is a socially organized neighborhood, and helping encourage them to be respectful of the people that live there while driving down your street.