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Richmond’s controversial rainbow crosswalk hits the ground

Richmond City Centre just became a lot more colourful, with the controversial rainbow crosswalk officially painted on Minoru Boulevard on Saturday night.
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Richmond City Centre just became a lot more colourful, with the controversial rainbow crosswalk officially painted on Minoru Boulevard on Saturday night.

 Workers painting the last couple stripes of the rainbow crosswalk at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. Photo courtesy Herb ChaoWorkers painting the last couple stripes of the rainbow crosswalk at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. Photo courtesy Herb Chao

Crews were on site at 4 p.m. to prep the road, and began painting the first stripe around 8 p.m. The job took about 10 hours to complete.

Many Richmond residents took to the streets to share their photos of the colourful crosswalk.

The crosswalk stirred up controversy in Richmond, with people citing safety concerns, lack of consultation, the $15,000 price tag and disharmony in an attempt to convince councillors to halt the rainbow.