Eyes on the Street: It’s Beginning to Look Like… a Livable Street!

_1.jpg Photo by Nick Perry.

no access to market street_1.jpgNew sign at the corner of 17th Street and Noe. Photos by Bryan Goebel.

A portion of 17th Street in the Castro is being closed to cars at Market this weekend, marking the beginning of San Francisco’s first trial street closure. The two DPT workers installing the new signs late this afternoon were a little taken aback by my excitement at first, but they happily directed me around. The street will be transformed into a pedestrian plaza by Tuesday afternoon, according to DPW. A press conference with Mayor Gavin Newsom is scheduled for Wednesday morning and a community celebration is planned for next Saturday. It will include a speech by Supervisor Bevan Dufty and a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

castro_sign.jpgNew sign on Castro Street just outside the Castro Theater.

road_cloased.jpgA DPT worker unveils a new sign on Market Street at 17th.
the_before_picture.jpgThe before picture.

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