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Castro Improvements Begin, Rainbow Crosswalks Coming

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Plans have been completed and construction is underway on a transformation of the Castro's main strip that will improve safety and experiences for the area's numerous pedestrians. The project will widen Castro Street sidewalks by ten feet on each side, improve Jane Warner Plaza, add new street trees and multi-colored lighting, and place a bulb-out curb extension in front of Harvey Milk's former camera shop. Demolition of curbs and sidewalks started today on a project that is planned to wrap up in time for the Castro Street Fair in early October. Construction will also be cleaned up during Pride in June.

The improvements will also install colorful new crosswalks at the intersection of 18th and Castro streets. Voting on the designs for the crosswalks was open to residents, who chose between rainbows stripes, a rainbow handkerchief paisley, a design based on tiles in the Castro Theatre, and a design inspired by Muni wires. After tallying more than 4,500 votes, it was announced that the rainbow stripes had won. The colorful streets will be joined by LED lights that change colors for different occasions and a Rainbow Honor Walk with inlaid plaques of LGBT heroines and heroes.

· Final Concept Design for Castro Street Makeover Debuts [Curbed SF]
· Castro Decorative Sidewalks:And the Winner Is... [CastroBiscuit]
· Castro Street Design [SF Planning]