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Bet You Don’t Know This About The Castro’s Fabulous New Sidewalks

If you’ve been on San Francisco’s Castro Street in the past year, you’ve run into some sidewalk construction. Rest assured, it wasn’t in vain. The sidewalks are now wider and more pedestrian-friendly. The palm trees add greenery and decoration. The street lamps turn the street into a kind of dramatic stage set at night.

Look down and you’ll see the sidewalks are literally paved with historic heroes and heroines. Twenty golden plaques cemented along the main Castro drag represent the historic Rainbow Honor Walk, a tribute to key influencers in the movement for liberation and equality.

You’ll discover faces of authors like Oscar Wilde, politicians like George Choy, and crusaders like Tom Waddell, all staring up at you as you stroll from bar to bar, cafe to restaurant, store to boutique. (Bonus points if you can find one of the errors on the plaques.)

Take a self-guided stroll around the Castro using the Rainbow Walk map (above)–or and discover its secrets both hidden and in plain sight with a unique local-led walking tour like Cruisin’ The Castro or Explore San Francisco.

The 20 plaques honoring LGBT history makers are only the first installment in a series that will eventually extend down Market Street from the Castro several blocks to the San Francisco LGBT Center. Below are a small sampling of the Rainbow Honor Walk plaques.

Check out the streets of the Castro or the Rainbow Honor Walk website to discover the rest…

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photos credit rainbowhonorwalk.org



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  • Dale Landefeld

    so gay, rainbows on the ground. Where is the gold pot?

  • Richard Holaday

    Philly is getting them too ??? #brotherlylove

  • Giancarlo85

    They did rainbow sidewalks in Weho for several years now.

  • Maar Anzualda

    So is Sacramento #lavenderheights.

  • joseph

    GOOD GOD!!! Now they have Fucked up “THE CASTRO”…What was wrong with the “OLD CASTRO” You didn’t need wider sidewalks, the cruising and touching on the crowded sidewalk was “AWESOME”……TOO BAD SO SAD!!!

  • Allan O'Shea

    Vancouver has had this for years. Great idea and much fun. :)

  • Glücklich

    As I recall, the gentleman who spearheaded the Honor Walk is Isak Lindenauer who has a very cool antiques gallery on 19th a couple of doors up from Philz Coffee. If you’re in the neighborhood and like the Arts & Crafts look, his store, even the window, is well worth a visit. The store is a nice quiet respite off the main drag, gorgeous rare things (priced accordingly), and the proprieter has been very kind the handful of times I’ve stopped in.

  • Glücklich

    EDIT Sorry, couple of doors up from SPIKE’S Coffee, not Philz. Duh, should have remembered that.

  • Mary Nana Moyer

    I love this! can’t wait to be there!

  • onthemark

    Yukio Mishima is an odd choice. Yeah he was gay, but the fasc!sm seems like a bit of a problem?

  • Mac Daddie

    and did The Village People perform during construction???

  • Mike Halcomb

    I just saw these last week! It was my first time in SF so I didn’t know they were new but I think they’re awesome!

  • Al Zylstra

    We have had these in downtown Vancouver for over 3 years….

  • Billysees

    @Allan O’Shea:

    “Great idea…”

    Looks like it to me.

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