Castro Revamp Slimmed Down Due to Budget Concerns

Castro Sidewalk PlanThe plan to upgrade the Castro’s streetscape has been scaled back due to budget concerns. the Bay Area Reporter reports:

Due to budgetary constraints, San Francisco planners working on the redesign of Castro Street in the heart of the city’s gayborhood have, for now, cut from the proposal such things as rainbow crosswalks, sparkle treatments in the concrete, and embedding gay historical factoids in the sidewalks.

The first 20 Rainbow Honor Walk plaques honoring LGBT people who have made significant contributions to society, which a nonprofit group is privately raising the money for, are slated to be installed along Castro Street as part of the redesign.

Planners disclosed their decision to eliminate the LGBT design elements at an open house last night (Tuesday, May 14) in the neighborhood. It was the third and final public meeting planning staff held to gather public input so they can use that feedback to finalize their design for the streetscape.

Good idea to jettison the obvious rainbow references, or not?

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