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Rainbow crossing brighten up Vancouver's West End

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

In this picturem pedestrians on Davie Street in Vancouver stroll along the city's new rainbow coloured crosswalks. The Pembroke Business Improvement Area is proposing adding street art to the downtown's crosswalks, in consultation with its members and the city. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

In this picturem pedestrians on Davie Street in Vancouver stroll along the city's new rainbow coloured crosswalks. The Pembroke Business Improvement Area is proposing adding street art to the downtown's crosswalks, in consultation with its members and the city. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

All the colours of the rainbow, plus a couple of extra, are now guiding people across the street at the intersection of Davie and Bute in Vancouver’s West End.

The rainbow crosswalks were put in over the weekend as part of the annual Pride Week in the city and feature two more colours than the usual pride flag.

Vancouver Coun. Tim Stevenson said that’s because they’re a throwback to the ‘70s.

“The eight colours is the original flag,” Stevenson said. “Since this is the 35th anniversary (of Pride Week) they decided to put the original eight colours in.”

He said the $25,000 project isn’t just for the crosswalks, picnic tables and plants that adorn the area, but also for making a nice little meeting point in the centre of city’s LGBTTQ community.

“It’s going to be a plaza for people to sit on the picnic tables and have drinks and play chess or whatever they want to do,” he said. “I’m amazed at the feedback we’ve been getting.”

Stevenson said the plaza “finally” marks the community in which it’s located, comparing it to the gates in Chinatown and the South Asian parts of the city.

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