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Make the rainbow crosswalks in Strathcona permanent.

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For the upcoming Edmonton Pride Parade, the City of Edmonton has decided to paint rainbow crosswalks in the Strathcona region, where the parade will be taking place.

The City of Edmonton has noted that the rainbow crosswalks will be temporary. Presumably, they will be removed after the Pride parade.

As a sign of solidarity, this will send a clear message to the LGBTQ community of Edmonton that they are safe and welcome in this city. Emil Tiedemann, communications director for the Pride festival, has stated that the crosswalks show "that Edmonton supports the pride community and [is] not as ‘backwards’ as some people may think." This is certainly true of Edmonton, and the City of Edmonton's role as an LGBTQ ally is commendable here.

Would it not be even more commendable to make the crosswalks a permanent fixture of the city, to better showcase Edmonton's role as an ally?

In Vancouver, there is a permanent rainbow crosswalk in Davie Street Village. This is a laudable display of solidarity. Having a similar fixture in an area as rich, historic, and important as Strathcona here in Edmonton would have an even more amplified effect.

There are a few more advantages to keeping these crosswalks permanent.

The first is it will highlight the crosswalks themselves, increasing pedestrian safety.

The second is that, if this display should happen yearly for each Pride festival, keeping the crosswalks permanently like this would be easier than painting new ones each year.

The third is that the crosswalks look spectacular, and this will add an aesthetic touch to this historic part of town.

We the undersigned therefore believe that the rainbow crosswalks should be permanent!

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