Many supporters of the pedestrian plaza, which houses the southern terminus of the historic F streetcar line, fought for a permanent structure throughout 2009. The neighborhood's longtime need for a common gathering place was within sight. In late 2009, construction began on what is now seen as a model for reclaiming urban space initially set aside for automobiles.
The Sonitubes lining the perimeter of the plaza were replaced with large, green earthenware, each with it's own level concrete pad and drainage tube. Most of the police barracades along Castro Street have been replaced by poured-in-place concrete planters that almost totally enclose the plaza from traffic at Market and Castro Streets.
On any given afternoon you'll find this plaza a bustling center for tourists, locals, and commuters stopping to rest. For strolling, take-out dining, or catching some rays while people watching, the 17th and Castro parklet has provided hundreds of those in the Castro a place of their own.