Castro Gayborhood Updates: Sidewalk Completion Delayed; Commuter Stops Proposed

The Castro GayborhoodWe have a couple new stories out of the Castro gayborhood today.

First, an update on the new sidewalk project that’s been going on for months.

The BAR reports:

More delays are impacting the $4 million sidewalk-widening project in the heart of the city’s gay Castro district, meaning work will not be completed prior to this year’s Castro Street Fair in early October. City officials had hoped to wrap up the work prior to the annual neighborhood event, set to be held Sunday, October 6. But this morning (Thursday, September 4) they informed Castro business leaders that a number of items connected with the streetscape improvements will not be done until sometime in mid-October. “A few things will slip past the Castro Street Fair,” gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener acknowledged during the montly Castro Merchants meeting. “But it is great the sidewalk is back in, that is the most important thing. Just having the wider sidewalks makes all the difference.”

In related news, the long-planned Rainbow Honor Walk, being installed in conjunction with the new sidewalks project, was plagued by typos. reports:

The unveiling was marred by some unfortunate typos which immediately made their way to social media. Oscar Wilde’s plaque celebrated the writer’s “bitting” wit while trans pioneer Christine Jorgensen was described as “trangendered”. More than $100,000 in donations which paid for the plaques will cover the cost of corrections, reports KGO. According to Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin, who was there to help unveil the Virginia Woolf plaque with his husband Chris Turner and their dog Philo, the plaques with errors will be auctioned off to benefit the Honor Walk campaign and replaced.

And finally, San Francisco transportation planners are proposing three commuter stops for the district.

The BAR reports:

San Francisco transportation planners are proposing to designate three zones in the city’s gay Castro district to be used during a portion of the day by commuter shuttle buses. The proposal is part of the 18-month-long citywide pilot project that began in August to deal with the numerous buses that transport tech company employees from various neighborhoods throughout the city to their employers’ corporate campuses on the Peninsula. The idea is to allow the shuttles to continue picking up their passengers without causing delays for the city’s public transit buses or tying up vehicular traffic in the congested Castro neighborhood.