Rainbow crosswalks installed in time for July 4 holiday
Barely weeks after announcing that they’d be coming to 10th and Piedmont, the city of Atlanta installed permanent rainbow crosswalks the first weekend in July.
The installation of the publicly funded sidewalks began at 5 a.m. July 1 and finished ahead of schedule the next day, in time for runners in the annual Peachtree Road Race to dash across the intersection in a historically LGBT part of town.
Mayor Kasim Reed announced the plan to install the crosswalks on June 12, the oneyear anniversary of the Pulse shooting.
“I believe that symbols of unity matter; in recognition of the outstanding and ongoing contributions of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community to our city, I am pleased to announce today that the City will install the rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street year-round,” Reed said in a news release. “This intersection in Midtown is recognized for its history as a hub for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community, and it is fitting that such an important and recognizable place should feature the rainbow flag.”
Temporary rainbow crosswalks were installed using private funds in time for Atlanta Pride in October 2015. At the time, city officials said safety concerns kept them from making the project permanent.
Talk of permanent crosswalks came up again in April, when local LGBT musician Sarah Rose, lead singer of Sarah and the Safe Word, started a Care2 petition campaigning for it. The petition garnered more than 20,000 signatures, including those of several Atlanta mayoral hopefuls, before Reed’s announcement in June.
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