Rainbow crosswalks, long proposed for an intersection in Atlanta’s Midtown community, are a step closer to reality after Wednesday’s approval by the city’s urban development council.
They are the brainchild of Robert Sepulveda Jr., who has been working make the colorful rainbow flag symbol a permanent fixture at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue – long considered the center of Atlanta’s LGBT community, and the area that hosts Atlanta’s Pride Festival each Fall.
The idea is one that is already popular in at least five other cities around the nation – Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Key West and San Diego. That is why, he says, it is the perfect place to take the message to the streets.
“Atlanta is a very diverse city,’ he said. “And so when somebody comes to Atlanta for the very first time, and they come to Midtown, they’re gonna feel that you are accepted for who you are.”
Sepulveda says he has not had any opposition thus far, especially since the cost of the crosswalk painting — $20,000 – is coming completely from private funds. About half of the funds have been raised so far.
The striping process itself only take two days and is expected to be completed before the beginning of Atlanta’s Pride Festival on October 9.