Crosswalk project targets safety to enhance neighborhood
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A crosswalk, which will be located at the intersection of Diamond and Haines streets in front of Pacific Beach Middle School, is in the final stages of approval from the city. The project, which has been spearheaded by the community group beautifulPB, will implement a three-way stop at the cross section and feature artwork from a local student.

The group held a design contest for 7th- and 8th-grade students to submit pieces for consideration. Once the artwork is selected, local artists will help transform the design concept into a practical mural to be painted by the community on the street in the center of the intersection.

The mural will be a creative interpretation of the vibrant Pacific Beach community, with an emphasis on culture, arts, food and music. Sustainable, weather-proof materials will be used to construct the piece.

“This is literally the first step for a network of safer routes we have planned to connect all the schools in our community,” said Chris Olson, co-founder of beautifulPB. “It’s about community building and encouraging our students to walk, bike or skate to school.”

Work is set to begin on the crosswalk and intersection mural in April. The pedestrian-oriented intersections and safer routes to school are two of many initiatives that will be discussed at a community Eco-district workshop at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at Pacific Beach Middle School, located at 4676 Ingraham St.

BeautifulPB is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization consisting of active Pacific Beach residents, business and property owners working collaboratively to improve the environment of the Southern California beach community.

For more information, call Samantha Robinson at (716) 946-7319, or email

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