In our industry, there's always a project in the works. When your city decides to break ground on a new paving project, do you propose decorative pavements?

By taking a decorative approach, cities do more than dress themselves up. They increase the visibility and awareness of crosswalks and bike paths, calm traffic without creating an eyesore, and revitalize neighborhoods and business districts.

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The following are examples of decorative approaches used across the country.

Pool art

A 1985 city ordinance allows the commissioning of public art projects to enhance Scottsdale, Ariz.'s appeal to residents and visitors. One such artistic target was the city's oldest community public pool—the Eldorado Park Aquatic and Fitness Center—where the deck was renovated and, with the help of aggregates embedded in concrete, was turned into a 190-foot, colored-concrete river. Another was the Pima Freeway/Loop 101(inset), where, with the use of form-liners, 8 miles of sound-retaining walls were transformed into a mural of desert flora and fauna.