The City of Orlando opened a rainbow-colored crosswalk Wednesday across Esther Street near Pulse nightclub, the latest effort to memorialize the victims of the 2016 massacre.

The addition was in response to a July Change.org petition that gathered 2,762 signatures asking for a rainbow crosswalk at Orange Avenue and Kaley Street.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the selection of the Esther Street location was for safety concerns. Orange Avenue is the main thoroughfare and Dyer said people would be safer taking photos on the side street near the nightclub.

City staff completed the crosswalk Wednesday morning. The cost was $2,900, according to Cassandra Lafser, the mayor’s spokesperson.

Rainbow crosswalks can also be found in Atlanta, San Francisco, Austin, Texas, West Hollywood, California, Vancouver, Canada, and Washington D.C.

Rainbow colors have been used to symbolize the diversity in the gay community since a rainbow flag was used in San Francisco in 1978.

The city approved a request by onePULSE Foundation to erect an interim memorial at Pulse while raising money for a permanent site. The foundation held the first Town Hall Forum Monday requesting public input about the future memorial and museum.

 

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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