Meet The Castro's New Street Lamps And Palm Trees [Updated]
By Roy - Published on September 24, 2014.
New street lamps arrived yesterday as part of the Castro Streetscape Improvement Project upgrades, with crews installing the new lamps on the west side of Castro Street between Market and 18th Streets.
Reminiscent of the Seattle Space Needle, the new street lamps have a saucer-shaped lamp at the top and taper down to a crosshair-style support pole. As you can see below, the new pole design will likely make it much more difficult to post the event flyers that paper the current Castro light poles.
Along with the recently installed ginko trees, the Castro's new flora is set to be further supplemented with the arrival of the new King Palms (see above). According to Dennis, the DPW hopes to have all the tree planting complete prior to the Castro Street Fair.
With changes now occurring on a daily basis, now might be a good time to take a stroll in the neighborhood and take stock of what's new. With that said, what do you think of the Castro's fresh look?
Update: 1:35pm: The DPW reports that the contractor has now begun pouring the special sidewalk in front of the Castro Theater. The sidewalk flags (squares) are being poured first, and the work will be followed with the special brick inlay band in a few days. Per the DPW's update: "This type of sidewalk finish takes a bit longer to complete but it'll look amazing when it's finished."