Rainbow crosswalk planned for Cooper-Young

Rainbow crosswalk in the works for Cooper-Young

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - People living in Cooper-Young are hoping to brighten up the neighborhood while showing their support for the LGBTQ community.

According to the project proposal, the Cooper-Young neighborhood houses the largest number of same-sex households in the city.

“As our city is turning 200 this year it is time that we keep progressive ideas going and embrace our populations,” said Jerred Price, the creator of the project proposal.

The idea is the brainchild of Jerred Price and was backed by the Cooper Young Community Association and along with many neighbors.

Rainbow crosswalk planned for Cooper-Young

“I think it’s awesome. I think it would really highlight a lot of the diversity that’s in this area,” said Matt Petty, a Cooper Young resident.

“[These] crosswalks have become an economic driver, like Atlanta Georgia at 10th and Piedmont have a crosswalk and come down there in droves to take pictures of it,” said Price.

But this one Price says will be the first in the state.

“I think it’s time we bring recognition and support and show that we embrace their community as well,” said Price.

For now, the plan is to paint the crosswalk on the east side of the intersection of Cooper and Young near Mulan and the former Strano restaurant.

A volunteer artist plans to paint the crosswalk next Saturday. Paint for the project was purchased through donations.

The project still needs a final vote from the Public Art Committee.

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