If you've walked in the Castro on any given evening around rush hour, or on any given weekend at all, you'll know the sidewalks can get pretty crowded with assorted drunks, almost-drunks, perturbed young parents, panhandlers, heroin addicts with their dogs, etc. Now the city may finally be doing something about this.

Starting next month the Planning Department will be hosting public workshops in the neighborhood to discuss redesigns for the streetscape, which could include sidewalks almost double in width, at 22 feet, and therefore fewer traffic lanes (which could, we surmise, cause some backups as buses and cars pour down off the Castro/Divisadero hill there).

The project's apparently been fast-tracked by the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, and Supervisor Scott Wiener.

[Castro Biscuit]