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Neighborhood worth a visit : Haight-Ashbury

- 15 Dec 2009

Haight-Ashbury : hippies and love
Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco was the center of the Hippie movement in the 1960’s.

New values and movements were the driving forces behind a youth fed up with the conservative values of older generations. Years have passed, the Hippies of yester years have become older and are now retired, but the neighborhood retains its gentle, casual athmosphere thanks to its decorated façade. There are a lot of things to enjoy in Haight-Ashbury: the ethnic food, trendy shops, and bars are sure to please everyone. When you’re done with all this, enjoy the view on Downtown’s Painted Ladies from Alamo Square.

Haight-Ashbury history

This San Francisco neighborhood used to be a collection of isolated farms. In 1883, the Haight cable car line was completed, giving people access to this newly developed neighborhood. Due to the availability of inexpensive apartments and rooms and vacant properties for rent or sale in the district, Haight-Ashbury appealed to a new type of crowd in the 1960’s, the hippies. In 1967, Haight-Ashbury became the center of a cultural but also political rebellion; where as many as 100,000 people converged toward the area. A phenomenon called the Summer of Love. Following this phenomenon, in 1967, this district became the haven of famous psychedelic rock performers. Among the impressive list we find Janis Joplin Haight-Ashbury, Grateful Dead Haight-Ashbury and Jefferson Airplane who all lived in the neighborhood.

As of today, the district has retained some of that bohemian ambiance. In the Haight-Ashbury area, you can find numerous restaurants and bars, many boutiques, booksellers, and record stores. A mix of many cultures, many generations gives this neighborhood a unique and different look and ambiance. On the second Sunday of June, between Stanyan and Masonic, the streets are closed, with one sound stage on each end, an even called the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is held on the second Sunday of June each year, during which Haight Street is closed down between Stanyan and Masonic, with one sound stage at each end. This event brings lots of tourists and crowds in the area.

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The famous intersection

Haight-Ashbury pictures


Magnificient mix of cultures

janis joplin

Janis Joplin

Haight-Ashbury map

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