Image by Dave Meslin used with permission.

Most of the time when we see a design error in the built world, we contact city government…or grumble internally and move on with our day. This group of neighbors in Toronto took a more hands-on approach to fix a dangerous intersection in their area.

Dave Meslin, who is from Toronto, Canada posted on Facebook on November 29, “Last week I got together with some neighbours and we temporarily re-designed a dangerous intersection near our homes. Using only chalk and leaves (and maintaining all existing road widths at 28 feet) we revealed a surplus surface area of 2,000 square feet which could be transformed into a parkette, new sidewalks, and much shorter/safer crossings.

Here are 3 photos: Before, after and future fantasy.”

Image by Dave Meslin used with permission.

Image by Dave Meslin used with permission.

Image by Dave Meslin used with permission.

His post gained a lot of attention online — and from local government as well. Although officials weren't too keen with how residents addressed the problem, they are considering making the change permanent.

Have you ever seen anything like this?

Julie Strupp is Greater Greater Washington's Managing Editor. She's a journalist committed to building inclusive, equitable communities and finding solutions. Previously she's written for DCist, Washingtonian, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and others. You can usually find her sparring with her judo club, pedaling around the city, or chatting with her neighbors on her Columbia Heights stoop.