17th Street/Castro Street Temporary Plaza – Dedication

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17th Street Plaza Trial Extended Four Months

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Photo: geekstinkbreath At yesterday’s Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation (ISCOTT) meeting, where decisions about temporary street closures are decided by all the agencies that have anything to do with streets and events on streets, the trial pedestrian plaza at 17th Street and Market Street received easy approval for a four month extension. Heads […]

17th Street Plaza Well Used Its First Weekend

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Cameron Kephart, a participant in the AIDS/Lifecycle benefit ride, pedals for donations in the plaza. Photo: Frank Yeean Chan via 17th Street Plaza on Facebook. Despite concern from some neighborhood residents that the trial pedestrian plaza on 17th Street and Castro Street would be overrun with drunk revelers, vagrants, and other unsavory characters, those concerns […]

Mayor Newsom Unveils SF’s First Pavement to Parks Plaza

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Supervisor Dufty and Mayor Newsom at the 17th St. plaza dedication cerimony, via Jamison on Flickr Standing before a crowd of more than 100 people, many of them city staff who had worked to realize the transformation of an underutilized street into a "Pavement to Parks" pedestrian refuge, Mayor Gavin Newsom dedicated the first of […]

Castro Street Redesign Breaks Ground, Rainbow Crosswalks Unveiled

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The new Castro Street is on its way, with the Department of Public Works breaking ground today on the two-block street redesign, which will include wider sidewalks. One detail of the plan was also unveiled at the event — rainbow crosswalk designs for the Castro and 18th Street intersection. “This streetscape project will be transformational […]

This Week: Help Design a Ped-Friendly Street and a New Plaza

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This Wednesday, the Planning Department will hold simultaneous community meetings about making a more pedestrian-friendly Castro Street and the creation of a new Pavement to Parks plaza at the Persia Triangle in the Excelsior District. Those interested in more bike-friendly streets in the Glen Park, Noe Valley, and Castro neighborhoods can also join the SF Bicycle Coalition […]

Preview the Upgrades Coming to the Castro’s Jane Warner Plaza

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Jane Warner Plaza, the first plaza created using semi-permanent features as part of SF’s Pavement to Parks program, will get some repairs and upgrades as part of the Castro Street overhaul currently underway. The worn-out painted asphalt will be replaced with an easier-to-wash colored asphalt, and a pedestrian island will allow a more direct link between the […]