Castro residents walking around the neighborhood may have noticed that murals are continuing to proliferate on storefronts and buildings. As Hoodline readers will recall, early on in the pandemic, boarded-up Castro storefronts became canvasses for more than 20 murals as a way to brighten up the neighborhood, much as has happened in other neighborhoods across the city. Artist Tanya Wischerath's mural at Spunk Salon. Jennings says CAP is funded by Project Artivism and its Restore 49 initiative, which seeks to connect local artists with closed businesses in an effort to reimagine boarded-up and shuttered storefronts. Johnson and homeless advocate Margo Antonetty. Artist Tanya Wischerath with her unnamed mural at Unionmade.
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Castro businesses are slowly beginning to reopen this week, as residents head out to pick up curbside items from their favorite restaurants and retailers. But many of the neighborhood's businesses remain boarded up — and to help brighten the street, local artists are decorating them with murals. A community effort has led to around 20 murals that are either in place or on the way at businesses in the neighborhood's central corridors: Castro, Market, and 18th streets. Mahsa Hakimi, interim co-chair of the CQCD, says she was inspired to bring murals to the Castro after seeing them on boarded-up storefronts in Hayes Valley. While there was interest in painting murals on the Castro's vacant storefronts prior to the pandemic, Hakimi says, the sudden influx of temporarily closed bars and stores in the heart of the neighborhood sped things up. Thanks to donations from neighbors on Facebook and Flipcause , Paint the Void has been able to create murals at 40 businesses across San Francisco, including three in the Castro: Bauerware 17th St. Daniel Bergerac, co-owner of Mudpuppy's, recently commissioned artist Josh Katz to paint a Harvey Milk mural on his shop pictured at top.
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Be it museums, churches, parks, roads or pocket localities. And no visit to San Francisco can be deemed complete without visiting the Castro District- the gay neighbourhood of San Francisco. The neighbourhood was created in late 19th century after the Market Street linked it to the Eureka Valley. Today, glimpses of the Scandinavian style of construction can be appreciated in a number of buildings. These ex-army men later came and settled in the Castro District and since then the area has been openly accepting people of varied sexual orientations.
The Castro was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the United States. San Francisco's gay village is mostly concentrated in the business district that is located on Castro Street from Market Street to 19th Street. Although the greater gay community was, and is, concentrated in the Castro, many gay people live in the surrounding residential areas bordered by Corona Heights , the Mission District , Noe Valley , Twin Peaks , and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods. Castro Street, which originates a few blocks north at the intersection of Divisadero and Waller Streets, runs south through Noe Valley, crossing the 24th Street business district and ending as a continuous street a few blocks farther south as it moves toward the Glen Park neighborhood.