Thursday, November 16, 2017

Community Struggles to Fund Rainbow Crosswalk on Main St.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:19 AM

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In June, the San Antonio City Council approved a permanent Pride-themed rainbow crosswalk for the Main Avenue and Evergreen intersection — however, they'll only be paying half of the construction costs, which leaves District 1 residents with a $30,000 tab.

In response to this hefty financial responsibility, James Poindexter launched a Kickstarter campaign on October 23 hoping to crowdsource the community for crosswalk funds.

"Members of the San Antonio LGBT Community pondered ways in which color, art, and identity could converge in our public spaces to show a defined space that was welcoming to LGBTQ+ people and the community in general," Poindexter writes on Kickstarter. "There is a variety of public art to be found throughout San Antonio, but there was nothing that was uniquely LGBTQ+ in nature."

The Kickstarter has currently raised $1,075 with 27 backers. The rainbow crosswalk will only be funded if donations reach the $30,000 goal by December 22. Payment methods will be charged only if the project is successfully funded.

District 1 got its first taste of this potential permanent installment at Pride Chalk It Up in July. City Councilman Roberto Treviño encouraged local artists to chalk a temporary rainbow crosswalk at the Main Avenue Strip for Pride.


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