It was the lead story on the front page of the Seattle Gay News last week. The final vote has been tallied for a project to create a rainbow-colored crosswalk celebrating the neighborhood’s LGBTQ core. Someday soon, you may be making a rainbow-enhanced crossing at the intersection of Broadway and E Pike:
After a recent Internet poll conducted by Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), the location for Capitol Hill’s first Rainbow Crosswalk has been selected. More than 700 votes were cast and the people have spoken: the crosswalk will be painted at East Pike Street and Broadway.
‘Pike and Broadway is the perfect place to begin the project,’ said Shaun Knittel, SOSea’s founder and director. Pike/Pine and Broadway are iconic in Seattle. Not only do locals and visitors too, know that they are entering Capitol Hill, they also know they are entering the city’s historical and cultural center. Pike and Broadway is bustling, has history, and is recognizable.’
It was a close vote. The top three vote-getters were posted to the Social Outreach Seattle Rainbow Crosswalk page on Facebook:
- Pike & Broadway (214 votes, 54%)
- E. Olive Way & Broadway (206 votes, 52%)
- Pine & Broadway (170 votes, 43%)
SGN reports that the Pike/Broadway rainbow crosswalk just may be the first of many in the area.
The Pike and Broadway location is just steps from the iconic Neighbours dance club and newcomer Q and represents the cultural crossroads of Capitol Hill’s Broadway and Pike/Pine neighborhoods.
SOSea representatives say the money required to paint the new crosswalk will be raised through a combination of donations and sponsorship with a goal of having the first crossing completed by Pride 2013.