There is a spot on streets where art, creativity, safety, walkability and neighborhood identity intersect: the crosswalk. This summer Transit Columbus teamed up with Wild Goose Creative, other community groups, and neighborhood activists in the SoHud, Old North Columbus, and Glen Echo neighborhoods to begin a campaign to implement the city’s first creative crosswalks.

Thanks to generous funding from the Create Columbus Commission, our consortium of groups is embarking on a campaign that seeks to go beyond crosswalks. We’re asking residents, businesses, and all those who care about the neighborhood to tell us what living here, working here, or just passing through means to them. Our “This Place Is” initiative is gathering the story of the neighborhood to pass on to artists who will then integrate that story into the crosswalks.

The result of “This Place Is” will not only be interesting art; the creative crosswalks will bolster pedestrian visibility, safety, and improve neighborhood identity, all while creating a meaningful addition to an often overlooked area. By approaching pedestrian safety and walkability through the lens of art and neighborhood pride we hope “This Place Is” plants a seed that grows throughout Columbus.

To learn more about “This Place Is” visit: www.ThisPlaceIs.org