A Rainbow Reborn: Philadelphia Revives its Iconic Crosswalks

Executive Director of PhillyGayCalendar

In the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, a symbol of hope and inclusivity is returning to its former glory. The iconic rainbow crosswalks at 13th and Locust Streets are being repainted, marking a significant moment in the ongoing support of the city’s LGBT community.

First appearing in 2015, these vibrant crosswalks were officially dedicated on July 5th during the 50th-anniversary celebration of the first US LGBT Rights Group demonstrations. Located at 13th and Locust, these crosswalks have served as a landmark in the city, garnering attention and admiration from locals and tourists alike.

However, years of wear and tear, coupled with utility work and constant traffic, have taken their toll on the once-vibrant colors.

In July 2022, the crosswalks were repainted, breathing new life into the heart of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. The Streets Department, in collaboration with PATCO, worked tirelessly to refresh the crosswalks as part of a larger project to install ADA-compliant elevators at PATCO facilities.

The Washington Square West Civic Association recently announced more news!

A significant revamp of 13th Street’s infrastructure is underway, including the relocation of parking spaces, the addition of loading zones for local businesses, and the repainting of bike lanes. The project is set to be completed after Pride events in June, allowing for the installation of flexible posts to protect cyclists without obstructing the festivities.

After the completion of the project, the rainbow crosswalk is set to be repainted with a more durable process. As the rainbow crosswalks continue to shine brightly in the City of Brotherly Love, they serve as a reminder of the progress made and the ongoing fight for equality and acceptance for the LGBT community.

UPDATE: 5/22/2023

The rainbow crosswalk has been completed early, just in time for pride. Gillain Conner and her dad John from Traffic and Safety Signs Inc who painted the brand new rainbow crosswalks at 13th and Locust. Allyssa Conner, his other daughter said “He’s very excited and really did his research into the meaning of the flag! Partly for me, since I am a member of the community” We are PROUD to have you in out community!

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