"Haight Asbury" Haight District Tip by apbeaches

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The mainstream media's coverage of hippie life in the Haight-Ashbury drew the attention of youth from all over America. Hunter S. Thompson labeled the district "Hashbury" in The New York Times Magazine, and the activities in the area were reported almost daily. The Haight-Ashbury district was sought out by hippies to constitute a community based upon counterculture ideals, drugs, and music. This neighborhood offered a concentrated gathering spot for hippies to create a social experiment that would soon spread throughout the nation. The opening of the Psychedelic Shop on January 3, 1966 offered hippies a spot to purchase marijuana and LSD, which was essential to hippie life in Haight-Ashbury. With the Psychedelic Shop located in the heart of Haight-Ashbury, the entire hippie community had easy access to drugs which was perceived as a community unifier.The neighborhood's fame reached its peak as it became the haven for a number of the top psychedelic rock performers and groups of the time. Acts like Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin all lived a short distance from the intersection. They not only immortalized the scene in song, but also knew many within the community as friends and family. Another well-known neighborhood presence was The Diggers, a local "community anarchist" group known for its street theatre who also provided free food to residents every day.

Address: Haight Street from Stanyan to Lyons
Directions: The district is surrounding Haight St., Stanyan St.and Golden Gate Park on the west, Oak St. & the Golden Gate Park to the north, Baker St. and Buena Vista Park to the east and Frederick St. and Ashbury Heights and Cole Valley neighborhoods on the south
Phone: +1 415-391-2000
Website: http://haightstreet.com/

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  • Updated Jan 8, 2016
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