75-year-old Morfydd Jenkins was
badly injured by the optical illusion.
Ah, the unintended consequences of urban planning.
After the town of Pontypridd in South Wales renovated their town center, they created a dangerous optical illusion.
The town upgraded part of the downtown area by ripping out the plain asphalt road and concrete sidewalk, carving out a bus stop and paving the area with stones.
It certainly looks more attractive.
The problem is that the new sidewalk slopes down slightly towards the street, and it’s difficult to see that where the sidewalk ends, it drops four inches.
And even though the stones of the sidewalk are slightly lighter than the stones on the street, that hasn’t helped.
Over twenty shoppers have fallen victim to this illusion.
Of course, what was one of the reason the town renovated?
To improve safety.
If you were rushing to catch the bus, would you
know that there’s a drop waiting to catch you?
Obviously, the townspeople need to consult the good book.
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