They trace the area’s start as a settlement for Native Americans in the late 1770s through the arrival of Mexican and European settlers in the 1800s and 1900s. The timeline extends into the 1970s when gay men began arriving in droves to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and ends with the marriage equality fight of the last decade.
As the Bay Area Reporter previously reported in February, the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District is paying $10,000 to etch 20 historical facts about the neighborhood into the sidewalk at 10 different sites along Castro Street near where new trees will be planted and new street lights will be installed. There will be two facts at each site.
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