Edmonton's rainbow crosswalks are here to stay
Overwhelming public support will keep some of Edmonton's crosswalks livelier than most, though they may not stay in their current home.
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Edmonton’s rainbow crosswallks will become permanent after an outpouring of support from residents, but they may not stay in the same location.
“We are proud to see how much support these rainbow crosswalks have garnered, not just from Edmontonians, but from people across the country,” said Marco Melfi, planner with the CITYlab program, which explores new ideas in the city.
City staff say that 87 per cent of people who participated in the city's online survey wanted the crosswalks to stay.
Mayor Don Iveson said he is glad the crosswalks will stay.
"The public response to the rainbow crosswalks was overwhelmingly positive and anyone who had an overwhelmingly negative response I am not really interested in their point of view."
But as the city announced the crosswalks will stay, it also announced they may not remain in their current Old Strathcona home, where they were painted just before this year’s Pride festival.