West End's rainbow crosswalks are back—and a sneak peek at the Jim Deva Plaza

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      They're back.

      After a brief disappearing act, the West End's beloved rainbow crosswalks are back to brighten up our lives and put a little colour into our steps.

      The rainbows vanished while construction was taking place on the Jim Deva Plaza on Bute Street (from Davie Street south to the alleyway) from July 3 to mid-July.

      They had been looking rather worn down and faded, as they had previously been painted back in 2013.

      Craig Takeuchi

      They're now bright and colourful again, in time for Pride Week.

      Craig Takeuchi

      However, there are only three crosswalks, as the south crosswalk has been paved over as part of the new plaza.

      The plaza is being created in honour of local LGBT pioneer and Little Sister's co-founder Jim Deva.

      Jim Deva Plaza
      Craig Takeuchi

      This year, the City of Vancouver's official Pride Week proclamation by Mayor Gregor Robertson (with host Joan-E and the Vancouver Pride Society) will take place at the plaza, rather than at City Hall where it has been held over the past few years.

      Craig Takeuchi

      There will also be an official launch of the plaza on July 28.