Colorful new crosswalks in Palm Desert are meant to keep you safe—no matter how distracting you find them.

Chalk It Up

Story Leandra Romero

December, 2019

It’s impossible not to notice the colorful crosswalks on El Paseo in Palm Desert. That’s why everyone’s talking about them. Some pedestrians dig the new look while others, especially some local business owners, find them “distasteful” for the upscale shopping district. But this is more than street art: The surprisingly controversial color pop on Palm Springs’s streets is the first wave of a $950,000 demonstration project that aims to create a safe and pedestrian-friendly environment. Other improvements for the project include new crosswalks, wheelchair ramps, and solar panel pedestrian signals. Color us impressed. 

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