Sometimes small actions can have a huge impact. Local governments have the power to positively change the way a city is run and to help their citizens live more comfortably. Via these unpleasant but cleverly designed items, architects and city planners are controlling the way we behave and even preventing crime in our streets. So if you ever feel like they’re watching us, you’re not wrong!
KEEP YOU POSTED
Cities that look clean portray good organization and believe it or not, stickers or ads placed on street posts can go against that cleanliness. This special post cover is there to keep things visually clean and neat, as it prevents stickers from adhering to it.
Made from metal, this government invention is there to stop people from randomly peeing in corners. If you’re a rebellious citizen and try to break the rules, the shape of this invention will have your pee bouncing on you and end up all over your shoes.
Don’t be fooled, there’s nothing ordinary about this trashcan. It has a special small opening to discourage pedestrians from throwing in any large items, and rather have them dump small ones.
London’s Underground features classical music as you wait for your train to arrive. Why? Well, these easy-going tunes might help keep people calm—especially during rush hour—and it’s believed it can help reduce crime.
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
When Uruguay’s government decided to build a bridge from Rocha to Maldonado, they knew reckless drivers would be speeding here. In order to prevent that, they built the bridge shaped in a circular form to force people to drive slower and pay attention to the road.
A PLACEBO EFFECT
Most traffic stops have little buttons that pedestrians can press to indicate they want to cross. However, this button doesn’t do that—or anything else at all, really. The lights are controlled automatically, so all these buttons do is make us feel we have the power to control traffic ourselves.
Most skateboarders look for low walls to pull off their stunts. To keep this area skate-free, they placed these decorative but hard pieces of metal on the ledges. They keep things quiet, and accident-free.
Public bathrooms on sidewalks are a thing in Portland; but this one is extra special. They help prevent crime, as they have toilets made of solid steel (so they can’t be vandalized) and they don’t have mirrors (so people can’t smash them).
NO SMOKING AREA
This street ad in Stockholm has smoke detectors built-in in order to encourage people to quit. How so? Well, the ad acts like a second-hand smoker, and it starts coughing as soon as someone lights up a cigarette—cool way to end a bad habit.
Japan is unfortunately known as a place with a high suicide rate, specially on subways. To prevent people from jumping onto railway tracks, bright blue LED lights have been installed. They seem to work too, because there has been an 84% decrease in suicides there.