Haight District, San Francisco

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    Take in a flicker at the Red Vic Movie House!

    by LolaSanFrancisco Written May 16, 2003

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    This little tiny dinky theater is smack dab in the Haight. This place plays movies like:
    Delicatessen, Willy Wonka, Poltergeist & Run Lola Run. Ok, not only is that cool but there are little couches to sit on, and they serve coffee in mugs and popcorn in bowls. The staff is very rugged and committed to a very unique movie going experience. I must say, that I have had no problems bringing in beers.

    My favorite moment at the Red Vic: every Christmas day (if I’m in town) I roll and nice fat joint and head out to the Red Vic for a matinee of Harold and Maude. Some how this always this puts everything right for me.

    Two big thumbs up for the Red Vic!

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    Haight-Ashbury

    by acemj Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Most people come to this former Mecca for all hippies to see the home at 710 Ashbury Street that used to be the residence of The Grateful Dead. Whatever your impetus for coming, once you're here you'll discover that 'the Haight,' as it's often called, is still a diverse and eclectic place that is full of counter culture charm as well as some traditions such as Victorian homes and classic rock and roll.

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    by zChris Written Aug 24, 2002

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    When many people think of San Francisco, they think back to the music and people that started the phenomenon that was 1967's Summer of Love. The golden age of hippiedom had made San Francisco its epicentre, and the Haight District was its golden, utopic, peace-loving capital. Famed for the Haight-Ashbury intersection which was taken over by the Summer of Love participants in '67, the neighbourhood has gone from quiet streetcar suburb to raucous centre of activism to a depressed centre of punk culture and now a mainly yuppie area with an 'alternative' theme. Tourists hoping to catch a glance at counterculture will likely gawk at the anarchist bookstore and the longhaired beggars still railing against the Vietnam War. They'll also notice the famed intersection is now anchored by a Gap and a Ben & Jerry's. But even if they can't afford to live in the Haight's bright Victorians, among the best examples of San Francisco's vernacular architectural style, the city's countercultural elements still gather here among the smoke shops, record stores, and other interesting shops and organisations that still call this portion of Haight Street home. Of interests are the Victorian mansions where bands the Greatful Dead and Jefferson Airplane once lived, and the Red Victorian (pictured), a 60's themed bed and breakfast. Don't expect to see much tiedie even around these locations, however, like most San Franciscans, those that hang out in the Haight wear mainly black, and this new breed of counterculturalist is more for violent disruption of order than peaceful togetherness.

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    HAIGHT-ASHBURY Summer of Love...

    by miaou Written Aug 24, 2002

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    HAIGHT-ASHBURY Summer of Love in the 1960s. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and even Anne Rice,author of Interview with a Vampire, once lived in the Haight neighborhood. (You may not be a fan of the Grateful Dead but check out the group’s members house on 710 Ashbury -pictured here) Not much has changed since the 60s. Some of the original flower-power kids are still here but the second wave of identity-seekers (pierced, tattooed kids) have arrived. The Haight extends from Masonic to the park’s entrance at Stanyan Street. The most taken picture is the corner of Haight and Ashbury. Drop by Ben and Jerry’s for an ice-cream treat there. You’ll find second-hand stores here with your choice of tie-dye t-shirts and there are pricey boutiques as well. There are great restaurants like Cha Cha Cha and if you’re a music fan, you have to go to Amoeba a former bowling alley converted into a music store, so you can imagine how big the store is!

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    Don't forget to trip through...

    by califdweller Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Don't forget to trip through the Haight....always a must on my San Francisco visits....surprisingly great food....street musicians....art exhibits...tie dye shops...candles....incense.....Ben & Jerrys....

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    Haight Ashbury

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jul 14, 2009

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    Haight Ashbury was one of the center's of America's counter culture movement in the 1960's. Today its a mix of counter culture tourist traps with a lot of homeless people living here.

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    Buena Vista Park

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 2, 2007

    This park offers a fine view of San Francisco, hence the name. It also has some pleasant trails to hike. This is an excellent place to vist while touring the Haight-Ashbury district.

    Buena Vista Park Strolling through the park View of the San Francisco skyline Looking west, toward Golden Gate Park More of the park
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    Check out the Victorians in the Haight

    by davequ Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    I love the old houses south of the Panhandle in the Haight and Cole Valley.

    Walk the side streets like Page and Cole to enjoy some of imho the most beautiful houses ever built anywhere.

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    walk and gawk

    by YolandaC Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Haight St. is the place to people watch and once you tire of that try shopping in one of the many second-hand shops.

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    Haight fun

    by isolina_it Written Sep 22, 2003

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    eh eh, haight street is the funniest and the most original street. you can`t get annoyed and, as far as it seems from the pic, not even people living there do ;)

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    Haight street

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 19, 2003

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    This has been the center of the "flower power" generation. You can still see some weird people left and lots of funny shops!
    Definitely worth a glance!!

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    Walk the Haight/Ashbury

    by jzeidman Written Dec 24, 2002

    Go to the haight and wander the shops. The area isn't as colorful as it used to be, but it won't disappoint your senses.

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