San Francisco’s Castro District to Get a Facelift

Castro UpdateThe update will include new sidewalks, more trees, and maybe even rainbow crosswalks. My Castro reports:

On April 3, 2013, city planners presented some new options for pedestrian sidewalk upgrades to Castro Street. The improvements, which are set to begin 2014, will include 22-foot sidewalks, brand new trees and pedestrian-scaled lighting, according to SF Streets blog. This plan was brought forth because the traffic lanes on Castro Street are excessively wide, and the sidewalks just aren’t as pedestrian-friendly as they should be. (Most visitors, tourists and locals are pedestrians anyway). This will give pedestrians more room, calm motor traffic and improve safety. Castro, between 17th and 19th Streets, sees some of the heaviest foot traffic of the city’s neighborhood commercial streets, even exceeding Columbus Avenue in North Beach, said Nick Perry, project manager for the Planning Department, according to SF Streets blog.

The sidewalks in the Castro are pretty broken-down and dingy – it will be great to se this go into effect.

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