ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city’s new rainbow crosswalks have only been in Nob Hill for about a month and they’ve already drawn a lot of unwanted attention. Now, business owners are calling out the city saying the crosswalks are not as durable as they claim.
Love them or hate them, the rainbow crosswalks at Central and Morningside are here to stay. They were put in at the beginning of the month.
Since then, they’ve been celebrated and vandalized. Now, oil stains can be seen on them.
“I’m very sorry, they did this 4 weeks ago, five weeks ago? You can take a look at it. I mean just the normal wear and tear on it in 4-5 weeks, it’s already looking pretty bad,” says Robert Herrington.
The city spent $30,000 on the rainbow crosswalks. That’s three times more than a regular white one.
The city says that cost evens out because the materials used to make it last about 10 years, in comparison to the 2-3 years of the regular ones. Robert Herrington, owner of Town House Antique Mall, wonders if they can even last a year.
“If it’s going to be there and we’re going to be paying that kind of money for it, let’s make sure it’s a good product,” he says.
Nearby white crosswalks showed no oil spots on any of them, but the paint is clearly fading. Jill Frawley, the owner of Stuff, says the city isn’t fooling her.
“Cover up. Cover up. Oh this. It’s supposed to last. Etcetera. Etcetera. It’s nonsense! Do they think we’re that stupid?” she says.
A city spokesperson says the rainbow crosswalks are scheduled on a rotation for clean-up. They are also designed to be more resistant to damage.
Of course, the city was not able to fully clean the marks left behind from the motorcycle vandalism from earlier this month.