Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Second Castro history project to debut in early October

A view of Castro Street (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

A view of Castro Street (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

A series of historical factoids about San Francisco’s Castro district that will be etched in cement along Castro Street will have its official debut the weekend of this year’s annual Castro Street Fair.

Officially known as the Castro Street History Walk, the project will feature 20 facts about the neighborhood placed into the sidewalks on the 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street. It is part of the sidewalk-widening project currently under way and is being funded by the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District, at a cost of $10,000.

It is meant to cover the breadth of the neighborhood’s 230-year history, beginning with the Native Americans who called it home, then the various Europeans who moved into what became known as Eureka Valley, and later migrations of LGBT residents who referred to it as the Castro.

The history walk is separate from the Rainbow Honor Walk, which earlier this month unveiled 20 bronze plaques along the streets of the Castro that honor deceased LGBT individuals. After that project garnered unflattering headlines due to spelling errors discovered after the plaques went public, CBD officials assured community leaders in an email sent today (Friday, September 19) that they are hopeful they won’t make the same mistake.

“We did pay for a copy editor to review and make sure everything was A OK…(I hope he didn’t miss anything!),” wrote CBD Executive Director Andrea Aiello.

The CBD said it expects the history facts to be put in the sidewalk beginning Monday, September 29.  The unveiling will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, October 3 with a ceremony at Harvey Milk Plaza near where the history walk begins.


— Matthew S. Bajko, September 19, 2014 @ 3:16 pm PST
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