Published On: Thu, Sep 17th, 2015

Supporters upset by decision to make Atlanta’s rainbow crosswalks temporary

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ATLANTA — Supporters of a plan to create rainbow-colored crosswalks at an intersection in midtown Atlanta say they are disappointed the city is demanding the change be temporary. Robert Sepulveda with Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks told Channel 2’s Matt Belanger he feels that city leaders are going back on their word.”They’re saying you just misunderstood. We didn’t misunderstand. We have the emails and have been to the meetings. The city told us it was going to be a permanent installation,” Sepulveda said. The project will take place at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue. “Midtown is the epicenter for the LGBT community so it just makes sense,” Sepulveda said. Sepulveda said he was led to believe the change, paid for entirely by private donations, would be permanent. But earlier this month, city public works officials said the change would have to be temporary and removed after Atlanta’s gay pride celebration in mid-October.

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