Mural Arts Philadelphia has partnered with South of South Neighborhood (SOSNA) to create new murals meant to improve the safety of four intersections at two public elementary schools, Edwin Stanton and Chester Arthur.
The mural, which will be dedicated during Mural Arts Month, reflects the engagement among the community and school engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic which allowed neighbors and students to participate in the creation of the mural ideas. The mural was created by artist Calo Rosa, involving curb “bulb-outs,” highly visible painted pedestrian areas, and vertical delineators to protect the crosswalk areas at four key intersections. This will protect children crossing the street by making them more visible to oncoming traffic, reducing crossing distance, and slowing drivers at intersections, making it safer to cross the street. The street mural in each of these protected pedestrian areas aims to help draw greater awareness to pedestrians and contribute to neighborhood place-making. This crosswalk treatment and street mural will improve the safety for all modes of travel and for people of all sizes. Through the inclusive, creative and educational process, the community will be more aware of the importance of traffic safety.