Phoenix rejects plans for ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural

Phoenix City Council has denied a request to establish a “Black Lives Matter” street mural downtown.

“Phoenix City cannot accommodate your request, based on current regulations governing acceptable signs in the city, as well as overcoming concerns with safety, risk, and federal guidelines for signs on the streets, “Read a letter signed by city manager Ed Zurer. graffiti. “… the installation of a mural on a city street, or any other non-standard markings … is not currently permitted.”

The letter was posted on Twitter on September 9 by Phoenix city counselor Salle DiCiccio.

The proposed mural would include the statement “Black Lives Matter” with painted images of Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez and John Lewis. The proposal aims to create murals near the Talking Stick Resort Area, Phoenix City Hall, or the Arizona State Capitol.

Members of the community in Phoenix requested approval for the project and met with the city’s Department of Road Transport to address any safety or liability concerns for the murals at a city meeting on sept, as well as location and cost Was planned 2. Regarding the agenda item however, the mural project was withdrawn, and the city did not provide a reason.

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Cities across the US, including New York City, Chicago and Minneapolis, have approved similar street murals in support of Black Lives Matter.

The Black Phoenix Organizing Collective spoke out against Mural, calling it an “empty gesture”.

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