ATLANTA — A busy intersection has closed as Atlanta installs rainbow crosswalks this holiday weekend.
The intersection at Piedmont and 10th Street will remain closed until Monday morning so crews can paint a rainbow crosswalk.
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The rainbow crosswalk first appeared in 2015, but crews removed them after the gay pride festivities.
Now, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed off on their permanent return.
This intersection in midtown is recognized for its history as a hub for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community.
"It is fitting that such an important and recognizable place should feature the rainbow flag," Reed said.
Back in May, more than 20,000 people signed on in support, which is more than past efforts yielded.
That support included the Atlanta City Council President Caesar Mitchell, who is also running for mayor.
"It'll be a good addition. I think it's artistic and supportive of the people in the community,” resident Lori Browne said.
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