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Can’t get local officials to respond to your concerns? You might just have to get creative.

Some residents in a Toronto neighborhood were fed up with drivers ignoring stop signs where two busy streets come together. The residents complained that the configuration of the road gave drivers too much space to freelance their route. So they decided to take matters into their own hands.


Jalopnik.com reports one of the residents tweeted out before and after pictures of their ingenious solution. They used chalk to square off the intersection, then neighborhood kids collected a ton of leaves and the adults spread them out over the pavement, essentially creating what looked like a landscaped area. And it worked!

“It looked so good and it was so inspiring to see cars stopping for the first time ever that we decided to leave it for a few days,” said resident Dave Meslin. “Traffic instantly adapted to what should be the design of the intersection in the first place.”

Local officials were not too keen on how residents decided to address the issue, especially since they did it of their own accord. But Meslin says the redesign served its duel purpose. It got drivers to pay attention to the stop signs and it got the local government to consider making the change permanent.

Neighbors fed up with traffic take matters into their own hands
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