Haight Ashbury Revisited

Haight Ashbury Revisited

No visit to San Francisco is complete without exploring Haight Ashbury.

haight ashbury
haight ashbury

After the Gold Rush, wealthy San Franciscans made their home in the Upper Haight building ornate Victorian homes in the hills. The neighborhood went into decline during the Great Depression and continued through the World Wars. In the 1950s the California Division of Highways had planned to extend freeways across San Francisco destroying many neighborhoods including Haight Ashbury. Due to extreme opposition these plans were squashed which ultimately saved many of the cities' historic neighborhoods.

haight ashbury victorians
haight ashbury victorians

The freeway scare had caused many residents to flee the Haight and with cheap rent and plenty of vacancies in the 1960s, the hippies moved in. Artists, musicians, activists and others from all over the country moved to this neighborhood looking for change. They in turn created their own counter culture that spurred social change. Some say the vibe of peace and love are gone but many of the neighborhood icons like Jerry Garcia's house and Janis Joplin's apartment are still standing. The architecture alone is reason enough to visit. Rows of victorians line the streets some brightly colored others piped with flourishes and scrolls as if they were sweet confections.

amoeba music
amoeba music

Besides architecture, check out Amoeba Records and peruse the high end vintage shops. Make sure you continue down Haight Street into the Lower Haight and check out Tornado for some tasty brews from all over California and beyond.

tornado san francisco
tornado san francisco
haight ashbury victorians
haight ashbury victorians
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honey bear fnnch haight ashbury
haight ashbury victorian
haight ashbury victorian
Goorin Hats Haight Ashbury
Goorin Hats Haight Ashbury
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haight ashbury
lower haight
lower haight
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haight ashbury
haight ashbury
haight ashbury
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