City of Phoenix denies Black Lives Matter mural request in downtown area

PHOENIX — The City of Phoenix has decided not to move forward with a proposed “Black Lives Matter” mural in the downtown area.

According to a letter Wednesday from City Manager Ed Zuercher, the decision was made due to “existing regulations governing allowable markings in the street, as well as overriding concerns with safety, risks, and federal guidelines.”

The note also says that murals and other non-standard markings are not allowed on city streets.

The mural was proposed to be painted near the Talking Stick Resort Arena, located near Central Avenue and Jefferson Street. Gizette Knight, who the letter is addressed to, headed the movement and started an online petition asking Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego to move forward with the mural.

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