Street art in the Slavic Village adds beauty while slowing down speeders

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Art with a purpose. Hugging street corners in a residential area of ​​the Slavic village, artwork has been painted by the people who live there to help protect the community.

“It’s a response to residents complaining that we had speeders and are really worried about our kids playing outside,” resident Joy Cummings said.

She says they’ve been working with the city for two years and getting the right permits to stop what she says is an ongoing problem with people speeding down the street.

“My neighbor actually had three strokes in her home,” she said. “We have kids who like to play outside and they really don’t have a lot of front yard, so sometimes they like to use sidewalks to play.”

The Warszawa Triangle Block Club was helped by Ward 12 Councilwoman Rebecca Maurer to secure permits to paint the traffic calming designs on the streets around East 69th Street.

“What it’s designed to do is actually work with the driver to make them think they’re going around the art instead of going through it or over it and so it extends the curb by about three feet “said Cummings.

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“There’s a lot of science and research behind it that tells us that when drivers see these decorative sidewalk extensions, they actually slow down,” Maurer said.

Jahru McCulley took notice on Monday: “I don’t know if it’s going to make it but it’s a good effort that we’re putting forward to try to slow down and start being careful.”

Last month, a 5-year-old girl was killed in the Stockyards neighborhood of Cleveland during a hit-and-run.

A few days later, the residents of this street installed speed bumps.

“No more children should die on our streets, no one should die on our streets because of reckless drivers,” Maurer said.

The councilor affirms that this embellishment and security project is the first of its kind in the city.

“They made sure to survey the neighborhood, they made sure to invite their neighbors, it basically became a community event,” she said.

And people who live in this neighborhood hope it’s the right speeding deterrent. “If it saves a life, it’s worth it,” Cummings said.