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Rainbows on Allen Redux

There’s nothing like a rainbow to bring a smile to someone’s face. In Allentown, there are plenty of rainbow flags a flyin’, but there’s an even more brilliant and eye-catching series of rainbows – the rainbow street corners. We first saw these rainbows appear at the Allen Street intersection of Allen and Elmwood in 2017, as part of a Rainbows on Allen The Awesome Foundation pitch project. Since the colorful additions were first painted, they have lost their luster, which is why project orchestrator, Seth Amman (Ex-Officio, Allentown Association and Architect, Arch&Type), has rallied to get fresh coats of paint, along with additional Allen Street intersections incorporated, which will greatly enhance the presence of the overall rainbow effect.

“The Rainbows on Allen project, the rainbow corners, got new funding this year from Block Club and Buddy Buddy to refresh the original corners, but also to expand them West down Allen to 8 new corners,” said Amman. “As usual is the case, this type of inclusive place making really gets those walking, and driving by, jazzed up. [The project is] pretty exciting and another way to connect after such a long period of isolation.”

Images: @ubuffaloarchplan students who are working on the project

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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