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PHX City Manger Rejects Proposal For BLM Mural

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The Phoenix City Manager has rejected a proposal for a Black Lives Matter mural in the city’s downtown area, citing concerns about existing regulations for safety and street markings.

AZFamily reports the mural was proposed by the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee. But last week, it was withdrawn without discussion or a vote. A letter released last night and signed by Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher says that “based on existing regulations governing allowable marking in the street, as well as overriding concerns with safety, risks and federal guidelines for marking on streets, the City of Phoenix cannot accommodate your request.” The mural proposal would have contained the words “Black Lives Matter” and would have included paintings of civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the late John Lewis.