This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
When some Tacomans painted impromptu crosswalks on St. Helens Avenue, they weren’t just trying to make their neighborhood a little safer. Whether it was their intent or not, they were also sending a message to the city.
That message is that they perceive their city government to be unresponsive to their needs. And that should be at least as much concern to officials as the “rogue” crosswalks that have cropped up.
The city has reacted to the makeshift markings by threatening prosecution — hardly a way to gain trust and convince residents …