SEATTLE-- A big, green turtle painted in the intersection of Interlake and 41st has become a symbol of the slower way of life in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood.

The turtle has been a real source of pride, said Wendy Sauer, who, along with her husband and two little girls, helped paint the huge mural.

All across the city, concrete roundabouts are used toslow speeders. They cost about $15,000. But in Wallingford, volunteers scraped together and additional $600 and painted a mural they say not only brought the neighborhood together, but slows drivers down by grabbing their attention.

We sit on our deck and watch, said Sauer. Traffic does slow down and people take a lookas they see this design.

A few of the massive murals, from turtles tolady bugs,have been creeping into Seattle neighborhoods. They've been widely accepted. But some in one community are looking to squash them in their tracks.

Opponents of a plan to bring a mural to 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 96th Street in Seattle'sMaple Leaf neighborhood worry about a drop in home values due to possible crime brought on by graffiti vandals.

Graffiti has been a small problem in Wallingford.Some also say real roundabouts are better for safety.But supporters say it's really more about building community.

I think it's great for young people to see adults not just complaining about something in the city, but to actually step up and do something positive, said Sauer.

The artist behind the Wallingford turtle says she's happy to bring her murals to any neighborhood that will have her. You can contact Rachel Marcotte at

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