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What Is Going On At Constance and Gen. Pershing Streets?

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A tipster brought these photos to our attention and what the heck is this painted polka dot madness? Has someone brought "street art" to a new level? Is this part of a film set? Are the folks in charge of street construction getting creative? Dear readers, don't hesitate to weigh in on the tipline or in the comments section below.
Update: A reader writes, "No one in the neighborhood was informed of this street painting or its reasoning, though blocks were closed off to traffic for days. Painting public property – isn't that the same as graffiti? Out of sync in an historic neighborhood and in front of the church. Distracting to drivers and will quickly become grimy. Who OK'd this? Can I paint Napoleon Avenue in a colorful plaid?