In 2009, Times Square in New York City was transformed from a car focused space to a pedestrian paradise. A key component of this transformation was the paint! The roads were painted green and with the removal of city vehicular traffic, the spaces became so people friendly, the City has now commissioned a $27 million redesign of the area.
About the same time, Jacobs Ladder, a popular staircase in Brisbane's CBD, was repainted bright red, recognising its role as one of the City's busiest pedestrian spaces.
Fast forward to Australia in 2013 and it looks like we're still painting! A recent installation in Adelaide for the Fringe Festival, and a Mardi Gras themed pedestrian crossing in Sydney proves we love a bit of colour, but that mostly, a bit of fresh paint goes a long way!
It's a great idea and a truly global trend not only common in America and Australia but all over the world and most recently as part of Tehran's Better Block program.
A high impact, vibrant but often expensive installation, painting the concrete of our cities has many benefits but should be considered as only a short term option, with longer term actions to complement the great sense of immediate vibrancy. What are your thoughts?