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Permanent Rainbow Crosswalks Will Be Done by End of October

City is having the the colored thermoplastic marking custom made for the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard.

The permanent rainbow crosswalks spanning San Vicente Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard will be installed by the end of October if not sooner.

“We will be in by Halloween,” Steve Campbell, the city’s manager of Facilities and Field Services, told Weho Patch. “We hope to have it done before AIDS Walk [on October 14].”

The were originally intended to be temporary for Gay Pride month in June. However due to their popularity, at its part of the Boystown section of town. The Council said the crosswalks will help with marketing the city as an LGBT tourist destination.

The colored thermoplastic markings for the crosswalks are being custom made to match the six colors of the gay-pride rainbow flag, Campbell explained. Once those colored markings are delivered, the city will regrade the crosswalks and install the thermoplastic markings.

All work will be done late night on weeknights to minimalize traffic tie-ups.

The permanent markings will be easier to clean and more resistant to fading, Campbell said. Some residents have criticized the temporary crosswalks, which were painted with a non-durable paint, because the paint has faded and shows dirt and skidmarks.

People wondering what will happen to the existing crosswalk bricks once the upgrade is completed will be surprised to learn they are not bricks at all.

“They are embossed asphalt painted to look like bricks,” Campbell said. “When they lay the asphalt, they impress it in the shape of bricks. Then they paint it a red brick color.”

The estimated cost to upgrade the crosswalks is $67,364. The estimated cost to temporarily paint the crosswalks was $13,000.

Paul September 03, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I feel badly for the straight people who live and reside in West Hollywood. It is bad enough they have to be subjected to the late night noise, drinking and other lewd behavior displayed by gay men in particular but now this. It is a waste of tax payer $$$ and I for one feel it is completely irresponsible for the council members to approve. Shame on you!!!!
scott ferguson September 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Something important to note - I am at this intersection several times a week. There are often Hollywood tour buses stopped at the light. Since this has been painted, more often than not I hear the guides explaining what it is, what WeHo's history has been. The tourists from all over the country and the world, many of whom have little direct contact with gay culture, can look around and see a prosperous, fairly typical community with bustling sidewalks full of average looking people. They might see a same-sex couple holding hands, but not that much else to indicate that many of these people are gay. This is a really positive thing, and one of the many side benefits to come from making this permanent.
Riley September 04, 2012 at 06:47 AM
It's $80,000 dollars of tax payers money and the symbolism of the gay community (or Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition) is being trod upon, driven over, spilled upon etc. Why not use the money to fight Prop 8, or something more worthwhile? Has the Council looked at what a mess it is right now? It seems downright degrading to have garbage trucks and traffic careening over such an imoortant symbol. Sad and somewhat pathetic.
Ryan Wood September 04, 2012 at 02:19 PM
"I feel badly for the straight people who live and reside in West Hollywood." If you don't like it, don't live there. I hated living in West Hollywood, not because it's "not straight" though. Such ignorance. Learn about the history of that area, then decide who to feel badly for! I feel badly for the gay individuals that sought refuge there, out side The City of Los Angeles city limits - before The City of West Hollywood! I feel badly for the gay individuals that have since seen their refuge turned into a political nightmare of lil 'creative' city. I feel badly that those "good ol' days" that our elders speak of, no longer exist. If it's a waste of tax payer money, just say that. Don't project your bigotry into it. As if bigotry is going to be accepted as a sane argument as to how tax payer money should be spent. "Feel badly" for your ignorance, don't waste your feelings on unsuspecting people. Besides, all the other crosswalks in that city are "painted straight"!
michael September 04, 2012 at 04:39 PM
"Historic Section" of West Hollywood...... NOT "Boystown".
Stephanie September 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM
MENhattan!
michael September 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
This is an historic area for gay men and women.....not boys. "Boystown"....insulting to proud gay men and women of our (worldwide) community.
Chloe Ross September 04, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Little Castro. I dislike Boystown as well.
Paul September 05, 2012 at 06:27 AM
An unnecessary way to spend tax payer $$$. The gay bars are a ATM machine to West Hollywood. I'm always amazed that so many men go to these places to get drunk.
Stephanie October 03, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Check this out...Now we're talkin' rainbow...and no one will EVER leave skid marks on it, or throw up on it or spill sticky drinks on it! http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/10/heres_culver_citys_new_94_foot_tall_rainbow.php
Paul October 03, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Gay men love to get drunk and act stupid. They should film them self drunk sometime and I guarantee if they did they would stop drinking.

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