The Haight-Ashbury district is another famous neighborhood in San Francisco. This unique and colorful community was home of the 'Summer of Love' in 1967.
Birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement, Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House.
Haight-Ashbury is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, United States, near to Golden Gate Park. In the 1950s and 1960s, the region was known as a bohemian enclave and was home to a substantial African American community.
Haight Ashbury has a population of 44,650 people, with a median age of 33.4. Males make up 50.74 percent of the population, while females make up 49.26 percent. US-born citizens account for 81.1 percent of the Haight Ashbury resident pool, while non-US-born citizens account for 10.29 percent.
Every year on the second Sunday of June, hundreds of people attend the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, during which Haight Street is blocked to vehicular traffic between Stanyan and Masonic, with one sound stage at either end.
A motorway through the Panhandle was proposed in the 1950s, but owing to a citizen freeway revolt, it was scrapped in a series of conflicts that lasted until 1966. The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) was created at the time of the 1959 revolt.
The Diggers believed in the goodness of human nature and a free society. To express their belief, they established a free store, distributed free meals on a daily basis, and built the first free medical clinic of its kind, all of which relied on volunteers and donations. The Diggers were strongly opposed to a capitalistic society; they believed that by eliminating the need for money, people would be free to examine their own personal values, which would prompt people to change the way they lived to better suit their character, and thus lead a happier life.
Many people left in the autumn to return to college.
The elaborately detailed, multi-story, wooden houses of Haight-Ashbury became a haven for hippies in the 1960s due to the availability of cheap rooms and vacant properties for rent or sale in the district; property values had dropped in part due to the proposed freeway. The alternative culture that subsequently flourished there took root, and to a large extent, has remained to this day.
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