CASTRO AND UPPER MARKET
November 12, 2005
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- Harvey Milk Plaza/Muni Metro
This is the Castro’s transit hub. The entire intersection of Castro,
Market and 17th Streets is designated Harvey Milk Plaza, named
for Harvey Milk, the San Francisco supervisor who was the first openly gay
person to be elected to office in the US. The Rainbow Flag is a symbol of
the GLBT community designed by local artist Gilbert Baker. The flagpole was
erected in 1998.
- Pink Triangle Park Once a leftover piece of public right-of-way,
members of Eureka Valley Promotion Association transformed this triangle of
land into a memorial to GLBT victims of Nazi persecution in 2001.
- F-Line Terminal This is the last
stop on the Market Street surface streetcar line rebuilt in 1995
using historic PCC streetcars showing the historic colors of
streetcar lines around the US.
City CarShare Pod One of three CarShare “pods” in the Castro,
and one of dozens around the Bay Area,
the non-profit’s 4000 members can rent these cars by the hour,
reducing the need for car-ownership.
- Magnet SF Magnet is a storefront health center
serving the sexual health needs for Gay men.
- 18th and Castro - The center
of the Castro Neighborhood Business District. Recently, the Castro and
Upper Market neighborhood established a Community Benefits District which
will implement improvements and provide service, with fees collected from
commercial tenants and landlords. New
standardized newspaper rack will be installed here soon, eliminating the
clutter of individually owned racks.
- Harvey Milk Camera Store - 573 Castro Street:
An official San Francisco Landmark, this was the home and camera store
owned by Harvey Milk.
Under One Roof - 549 Castro
Street: This store donates all of its proceeds to AIDS/HIV charities.
Valley/Harvey Milk Branch Library The LGBT Historic Society is proposing to construct a new LGBT
History Center and Archives. The Library will undergo a seismic
upgrade next year.
- Noe Street Streets in Duboce Triangle were
transformed into tree-lined oases, with small curb plazas, and head-in
parking that calms traffic.
- Dulux Paint Co. Neighborhood
opposition to the plan for a Trader Joe’s store with two levels of
parking ended the proposal. Local high quality food merchants are being
sought to lease the existing building
- Future Housing Site This site
will be redeveloped with 26 market-rate condos with three affordable units,
as required by the city’s inclusionary housing law.
- Church and Market Street
/Safeway One of the
transit hubs that are the center of the Better
Neighborhoods Plan for Market and Octavia. The plan seeks to encourage
transit and pedestrian oriented mixed uses like housing, retail and
community service with open space. The Safeway site is seen as an
opportunity to do so on a large scale.
Church Street Affordable Housing The 97 units built by Bridge Housing Corp. provide affordable
housing for families and people with disabilities. Its construction was controversial
due to the demolition of a building designed by a prominent modernist
- Duboce Bikeway This part of Duboce Avenue
was closed to cars to become an important link in the city’s bike
network. The mural
celebrates the city’s biking community.
Market Street Railway Yard
Volunteers with the Market St. Railway
restore historic streetcars here.
- The “Orbit Room Building - The tallest building in the area,
this vintage apartment building
adds life to the sidewalk with small scale shops at street level.
- Laguna Hill / Ex-UC Berkeley Extension Campus Once a campus for the
Berkeley Extension program, the
campus contains many historic buildings. The University wants to lease the
site to developers to build several hundred new units of housing,
preserving most of the historic buildings. Neighborhood activists want to
ensure that the site retains much of its public functions.
- LGBT Community Center/Fallon Building Opened in 2002, the Center fulfills a
decades old vision for a center for the LGBT Community. The center includes
a large meeting space, a ceremonial room, a child care center, a senior center,
classrooms and offices for LGBT community groups. The center includes the
new structure and the historic Fallon Building. It stands
as a gateway to both the Castro and the new Octavia Boulevard.
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