Seattle unveils 11 rainbow crosswalks in gay‑friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (center) unveils one of 11 rainbow crosswalks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (center) unveils one of 11 rainbow crosswalks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Courtesy Nate Goudy

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (center) unveils one of 11 rainbow crosswalks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.Courtesy Nate Gowdy

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (center) unveils one of 11 rainbow crosswalks in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Unlike the crosswalks, the rainbow-colored Pike St. sign is "just for show" and will not be installed.Courtesy Nate Gowdy

Unlike the crosswalks, the rainbow-colored Pike St. sign is “just for show” and will not be installed.

SEATTLE — Seattle has new rainbow-colored crosswalks for LGBT Pride Week, and it plans to keep them for years.

Mayor Ed Murray, who is openly gay, unveiled one of the 11 new crosswalks in the historically gay-friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday. He says the display “says something about Seattle”: that it’s a city of diverse neighborhoods and character.

KIRO-TV reports that the idea for the rainbow crosswalks has been discussed for some time, but has been delayed by logistics and cost. They cost about $6,000 each, and are being paid for by fees for new private developers on Capitol Hill.

The crosswalks are east of Broadway on 10th and 11th Avenues. They’re expected to last three to five years, but the city said it plans to maintain them for years to come.

The rainbow Pike St. signs were just for show and won’t be installed.

Similar crosswalks were installed last month in Key West in advance of LGBT pride events, in San Francisco last year, and in West Hollywood in 2012.

Watch a report from KIRO-TV:

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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