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The Beefier, More Permanent Future of the 17th Street Plaza

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We learned a week ago that the 17th Street Plaza in the Castro, officially designated "temporary" for over half a year, is actually going to stick around longer. That'll mean going from the makeshift street furniture currently adorning the plaza to stuff that's less likely to melt in the rain. Above, courtesy Boor Bridges Architecture and Flora Grubb, is a preliminary sketch of what the beefed up plaza's going to look like — subject, of course, to further modification and budgetary limitations. Doesn't look too different, but planters will be concrete, and otherwise way more substantive. Street surface will be patterned, and it looks like a swinging, vegetated gate will close and open for streetcar access. If the little figure by the gate is any indication, there should be widespread rejoicing.
· News in brief: Castro 17th Street plaza to get makeover [eBAR]
· Castro's 17th Street Pavement-to-Parks Plaza Is Ready to Commit [Curbed SF]
· Castro Ped Plaza Launches Amid Much Sitting, Strolling [Curbed SF]