The celebrated rainbow crosswalks in Midtown have survived selfies, storms and Atlanta traffic. But they were no match for road crews, who disemboweled a portion of them and repaved the LGBT-themed splash of color in asphalt black.
That permanent splash of gay pride at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Midtown came with a cost. The city spent $196,000 to install rainbow crosswalks over the July 4th holiday weekend.
Mayor Kasim Reed announced on Monday – the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting -- that the city will install rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street. Permanently.
A crew of painters armed with tape, rollers and buckets of the six colors in the Pride flag installed the Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks on Thursday evening, painting a big dose of gay just in time for the city's massive Pride celebration.
Organizers of the Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks took a respite from city bureaucracy and fundraising to celebrate, cocktail and thank their sponsors and patrons as the project moves closer to its installation.
The City of Atlanta, just weeks after approving the permanent installation of rainbow crosswalks at a Midtown intersection, changed course and is now ordering the crosswalks scrubbed shortly after Pride.
Just two weeks after the City of Atlanta approved a gay man’s plan to paint LGBT rainbow-striped crosswalks at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, the private funds are well within reach, despite detractors.
The intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue is already nicknamed by some as the Corner of Gay and Lesbian, Where Gay meets Gayer, or Gay Ground Zero. Now an art installation could make Midtown Atlanta’s LGBT epicenter official.