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Cooperatively created by neighbors in lieu of a raised traffic circle, this painted ladybug in a busy Wallingford neighborhood intersection catches people's attention in a big way, and that hopefully slows their speed. A neighbor told me it was an idea his former housemate suggested after seeing something similar in Portland. The neighbors organized and formed a plan, got Seattle Department of Transportation review, permits, and funding to create their whimsical reminder to slow down. They get together for a fun block party each year to refresh the paint. Fun coincidences happen when you are creating a blog entry: Bruce Cockburn's "Slow Down Fast" was streaming while I worked on this, suggesting the perfect title :-).