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Rainbow crosswalks all the range in North American cities

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Written By: Craig Takeuchi   29/06/15

If you’ve ever walked across Vancouver’s rainbow crosswalks, you’ll know how it can break up the banality of daily life.

In addition to the symbolism celebrating LGBT diversity, the visual impact of the rainbows is just plain uplifting, especially on a rainy, grey Vancouver day.

The permanent crosswalks, unveiled in 2013 at Davie and Bute streets in the heart of the West End’s LGBT community, were Canada’s first rainbow crosswalks.

Numerous other cities, including Calgary and Edmonton, are painting their streets with temporary rainbows in time for Pride festivities.

Two B.C. cities are following Vancouver’s lead in making colourful crosswalks permanent fixtures.

Victoria installed three permanent rainbows painted at Pandora and Broad streets prior to Victoria Pride festivites (with a parade on July 5).

In early June, Prince Rupert city council approved plans to paint a crosswalk at Cow Bay in rainbow colours.

Meanwhile, two American cities now have permanent rainbows as well.

Key West, Florida, joined the party on May 28 with a rainbow connection in the city’s LGBT district.

Just south of us, Seattle revealed 11 rainbow crosswalks at Capitol Hill intersections on June 23.

Then a few days later, on June 25, Philadelphia unveiled their own permanent rainbows.

The first rainbow crosswalks can be traced to West Hollywood in 2012.

San Francisco, Miami Beach, and Northampton, Massachusetts, all followed suit.

Meanwhile, bridges might be the next target for rainbow decorations. Vancouver city hall is considering the possibility of turning the Burrard Bridge into one massive rainbow.

Although not LGBT–specific, the famous London Bridge got its own rainbow makeover on June 23 with colourful tiles designed to brighten up the daily commute of citizens.

San Francisco, Miami Beach, and Northampton, Massachusetts, all followed suit.

Meanwhile, bridges might be the next target for rainbow decorations. Vancouver city hall is considering the possibility of turning the Burrard Bridge into one massive rainbow.

Although not LGBT–specific, the famous London Bridge got its own rainbow makeover on June 23 with colourful tiles designed to brighten up the daily commute of citizens.

Speaking of London and rainbows, the city dressed up its Docklands Light Railway trains with rainbow colours in honour of Pride Week.

Hmm, could rainbows be in the works for SkyTrain some day? After all, rainbows are meant to be in the sky…

Source: The Georgia Straight http://www.straight.com/blogra/479706/rainbow-crosswalks-all-rage-north-american-cities

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