Nov 12 2007 - Haight & Ashbury

Haight San Francisco

I was on vacation in San Francisco recently and realized that I had never been to the infamous corner of Haight & Ashbury.  In fact, I had never been to that part of the city at all!  The center of the San Francisco cultural revolution of the 60’s and 70’s is hallowed ground, or at least that was my idealized version of it.

What I found instead was a rather normal, if eclectic, cross section of San Francisco society.

I expected (and found) a variety of head shops, alternative living boutiques, and underground record stores.  What I didn’t expect, however, was that the area is rather civilian.  There we no chain restaurants but there were no real seedy places that only the locals knew about.  There was a grocery store a short block away and a rather famous record store in the heart of it.  In what I can only describe as the ultimate hippie irony, on the corner of Haight & Ashbury lived a Check Cashing and Advance business.

Instead of a bohemian mecca I stumbled upon what would commonly be referred to as hipster central.  Young people in fashionable anti-fashion, well to do college kids, and the occasional old timer who I could only hope was mumbling to himself “damn kids and their music”.

The one thing that was exactly what I was expecting, however, was the street art.  It was everywhere.  Sidewalks that were painted, store fronts covered with murals, and telephone poles adorned with messages that carried on the conflict of old.

Available as a 12×18 print and 16×24 canvas wrap.

Nov 12 2007 - Haight & Ashbury

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