Rainbow Crosswalks to Span Boystown Intersection

The City Council approves painting the crosswalks at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard rainbow colors for month of June in celebration of Gay Pride Month. Painting starts Thursday at midnight.

Boystown will be a bit more colorful for this year’s gay pride celebration.

The West Hollywood City Council approved painting the crosswalks at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard in rainbow colors for the month of June.

The location is considered the heart of the Boystown district and also serves as the entrance to the LA Pride festival that will take place in West Hollywood Park this weekend.

Painting of the crosswalks will begin Thursday at midnight and continue until approximately 6 a.m. A second coat of paint will be applied on Friday between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Crews will touch-up the paint as needed throughout June. After that, the bricks will be restored to their current red color. The total cost of the job is estimated at $12,920.

Mayor Jeff Prang and Councilmember John Duran sponsored the item, which was passed on the Council’s consent calendar Monday night.

It’s unclear exactly who initiated the idea. Weho resident Lucas John, who runs the Weho Confidential website, says he tagged the Council members about it on his Facebook page on May 15. John says he got the idea from a publicity stunt done in Tel Aviv.

However, Venice artist Martin Duvander says on his website that he wrote the Council members about it on April 19. Duvander says he sees the crosswalk as an “empty canvas” and saw an opportunity to “make a statement.”

In related news, the downtown Los Angeles City Hall will be bathed in lavender lights in honor of LGBT Heritage month. The lavender lights are scheduled to be turned on Wednesday night at dark and run through June 22. The cost of adding a lavender-colored filter to each of the 180 spotlights on the Los Angels City Hall is being covered by Ciroc Vodka.

The pylons at LAX are also glowing purple in honor of gay pride. The purple coloring began June 1 and runs through June 8.

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Chloe Ross August 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I think then it should have been figured into the plan. It is central and would be good for many folks in that area. Anyone forthcoming on Library stairs? If not - why? If fixed would be nice to hear about it. When I do go I use the lift and this is an energy wasting gesture. It is to avoid the treacherous stairs. So fixed they would keep energy use down too.
joninla August 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM
@Chloe Ross - I am not sure 'fix' is the adequate description for the need for the addition of hand rails for basic safety for a brand new public staircase at weho park/library. But there are now hand rails. Perhaps that is the 'fix' for a dangerously steep and tall staircase , I don't see the problem as fixed, but there is a chance I might have something to grab on to should I or my dog or the both of us, slip or loose our footing and being attached by leash, rail or not .... It's gonna hurt really bad. yes there are hand rails. I have not useed the park recently becase of the heat and the lack of shade for my dog who get overheated very quickly from hot sunshine. But the park is being heavily used. Many small children. It does not make the design a 'success' but does show the desire and need for the park and the pile up at the elevator from so many children playing in the elevator (I used to love elevators as a small child - pretty common) and the people who would like to take the elevator vs people was baby strollers who have to use the elevator.
joninla August 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM
The 'Grass Issue' has 3 spearate components that seem to have blurred into one. The grand opening of the north end of the park had all the laws looking georgeois due to the outrageously expensive choice to use sod (fully grown grass, that is planted by seed in farms, carfully cut and made into rolls which are then sold and unrolled for an instant perfect and expensive lawn. The issue was the decision to rush the opening before pride, using the expensive sod, that was obviously going to be destroyed by Pride while only be open to public use of the new law for 2 days, before the park was closed to prep it for Pride. Relative to the cost of the street painting, the Cost of so much sod for only 2 days open to the public, makes the street pait costs look like a bargain (likewise as to the cost to maintain and replace the sod on a regular basis)
Stephanie October 03, 2012 at 12:27 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
Stephanie October 10, 2012 at 09:40 PM
CHECK OUT PHOTOS 13, 14, 15 AT THE TOP OF THIS STORY, TAKEN 2 DAYS AFTER "OPENING" Temporary Paint: $13,000.00 Permanent Paint: $67,000.00 Skid Marks Defacing the Symbol of Equality: No charge The chance to say "We told you so", PRICELESS.


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