Haight-Ashbury District
from wikipedia: The Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco, California, USA named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets. It is commonly called The Haight. The Haight-Ashbury generally encompasses the neighborhood surrounding Haight street, bounded by Stanyan Street and Golden Gate Park on the West, Oak Street and the Golden Gate Park Panhandle on the North, Baker Street and Buena Vista Park to the East, and Frederick Street and Ashbury Heights and Cole Valley neighborhoods to the South.
The area is futher broken into The Upper Haight and the Haight-Fillmore or Lower Haight district; the latter being lower in elevation and part of what was previously the principle African American and Japanese neighborhoods in San Francisco's early years. The names of the streets themselves are taken from pioneer and exchange banker Henry Haight[1], or, (though it is arguable) the tenth governor of California, Henrey Huntley Haight, the former's nephew, and one of the city's first politicians, Sup. Ashbury (of which information is sparse). Both Haight and his nephew as well as Ashbury had a hand in the planning of the neighborhood, and, more importantly, nearby Golden Gate Park at its inception.
The district is famous for its role as a center of the 1960s hippie movement, a post-runner and closely associated offshoot of the Beat generation or beat movement, whose initiated and "beatific" youth swarmed San Francisco's "in" North Beach neighborhood two to eight years before the "Summer of Love" in 1967. Many of those who could not find space to live in San Francisco's northside found the quaint, relatively cheap and underpopulated Haight Ashbury irresistible. The '60s era and modern American counterculture has been synonymous with San Francisco and the upper Haight neighborhood ever since. This set is managed by SuprSetr
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