We’re Gay For The New Rainbow Roads in the Castro

Time (or tape) wears down even the most vivid colors but Castro’s 18th street intersection got a brand new set of stripes to really “shine bright like a diamond.”

As reported by Hoodline, the SF rainbow roads were in need of some serious replacing. After the filming of When We Rise back in May, the very sticky gaffers tape caused the color to loose it’s intensity… while also getting glue in the sewage and drain pipes causing a serious backup in drainage and power cleaners were rendered useless. We mean, look how gross the street is now…

Now that’s gross.

The team behind When We Rise did pledge to foot the bill for the replacement. As you can see, the filming took the weekend and part of the week to film in it’s entirety. In order to make the Castro look like the 1970’s — the roads were left a lot of black gaffers residue that couldn’t be cleaned even with a power washing.

The repainting / placing will begin Wednesday, September 21 and will disrupt Muni services starting around 7 p.m. HOORAY!


Written by Anthony Rogers, photos sourced from Curbed SF, Hoodline, and NBC Bay Area — What are your favorite spots in the Castro though? We’re all ears. By the way, subscribe to our newsletter and never miss a Bay Area beat.

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