Rain­bow cross­walks ap­pear set to come to At­lanta

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Splashes of color ap­pear to be com­ing to At­lanta’s 10th Street and Pied­mont Av­enue with the in­stal­la­tion of rain­bow cross­walks.

Robert Sepúlveda, founder of RSJde­sign, has been work­ing with the city of At­lanta for nearly a year to find a way to mark the epi­cen­ter of LGBT At­lanta with the col­ors of the rain­bow and it ap­pears the pro­ject is about to be green­lit by city of­fi­cials.

Sepúlveda, a fre­quent trav­eler, got the idea from see­ing sim­i­lar projects in other cit- ies. Rain­bow cross­walks have been painted in cities in­clud­ing Seat­tle, Key West, Philadelphia, and the Cas­tro in San Fran­cisco.

“I saw the sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits it brought to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and I didn’t un­der­stand why At­lanta didn’t have one with such a big, di­verse LGBT pop­u­la­tion,” he tells Ge­or­gia Voice.

Sepúlveda con­tacted the city of At­lanta last year with the pro­posal, hop­ing to get them in place be­fore At­lanta Pride last Oc­to­ber.

“There have been many hur­dles and as you can imag­ine lots of red tape and city bu­reau­cracy, but alas we are only one meet­ing away with the City of At­lanta’s Ur­ban De­sign Com­mis­sion for this pro­ject to be com­pletely ap­proved,” he says.

If the pro­ject is ap­proved, Sepúlveda plans on col­lab­o­rat­ing with Join­ing Hearts to host fundrais­ing ben­e­fits, as well as ac­quir­ing cor­po­rate and pri­vate spon­sor­ships since the city of At­lanta does not pay for such projects.

The meet­ing was sched­uled for Au­gust 5 and the re­sults were not avail­able as of press time.

A rain­bow cross­walk ap­pears set to come to the in­ter­sec­tion of 10th Street and Pied­mont Av­enue should the pro­ject get ap­proved by the city on Aug. 5. (File photo)

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