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'STREETCAR-LANE MURALS' FOR TORONTO?

Can art save lives on the dangerous streets of Toronto? Two Toronto men hope to find out. SUBMITTED

Can art save lives on the dangerous streets of Toronto? Two Toronto men hope to find out. SUBMITTED

Can art actually save lives on Toronto's busy streets?

The winners of this year's NXT City Prize - the annual Toronto competition that asks anyone under the age of 35 to submit public space ideas - seem to think so.

Lucas DeClavasio and Andrew Patterson of Wsyp Creative came up with the winning idea - with prize money of $5,000 - of streetcar safety murals.

The creative proposal is to paint bright murals on the road in the space between where the streetcar stops and the curb to alert distracted drivers and bicyclists who sometimes don't stop as passengers are boarding.

Certainly, the City of Toronto's Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat seems to approve, tweeting out on Saturday: "Beautify Toronto + make it safer, too. Street murals to elevate safety, and the importance of Transit, in the city," alongside a picture of how the murals would look and the proposal.

Have your say: Do you think this idea is a good one and would it actually work? 

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