UPDATE: Here's much more on the city's plans.
Maybe you've noticed the new concrete emplacements at several places along Centre Street. For me, they bring to mind my favorite old Saturday Night Live skit.
But thanks to Jamaica Plain News, you won't have to ask, "What the hell is that thing?"
They're pedestrian signals.
We've got a call in to the Transportation Department, whose project this is, for more details. Like who asked for them.
The city told Michael Reiskind, who sits on all the neighborhood groups that would have had input in the decision, that they're a "community request."
The new signals don't appear to be coordinated with a wide-ranging review of Centre Street's overall design. That review has been going on for years.