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Leather-themed public plaza proposed for San Francisco’s LGBT cultural district

SAN FRANCISCO — A leather-themed public plaza would be built on the roadway outside the Eagle bar in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood under a proposal backed by the developer of a new mixed-use housing and retail development.

leather-prideAccording to The Bay Area Reporter, since the 1950s the neighborhood has been home to a number of gay bars and nightclubs, many catering to the leather scene.

The city has designated the section of western SOMA as part of an LGBTQ cultural heritage district, and backers of what is being called the Eagle Plaza contend it could serve as a focal point and main gathering spot for the LGBTQ district.

“I am super excited about it. I think it is beautiful,” said District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, whose office has been involved in the initial talks about the proposed plaza.

“This would provide an active hub for the LGBTQ community and added green space for the immediate neighborhood,” said Hannah Smith, a project manager with UP Urban Design who has been working on the plaza project.

A meeting to gather public feedback will be held on February 17.

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