Haight Ashbury – neighborhood profile
The Summer of Love in ‘67, the early bohemians with their flower-power addictions to acid and their smoke related habits, the laced Victorian buildings that survived the fires of the 1906 earthquake; these will never be erased from Haight’s long and colorful history. Home in the ’60 to stars like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead, it soon became too small for the crowds coming from all over, allured by the idea of joining the cultural utopia of the Hippie. Homelessness, hunger, drug problems, and criminality soon afflicted the neighborhood that was already in decline.
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As years passed, the former haven for hippies got hit by gentrification, destabilizing the people and the market equally, but to a brighter future. Nowadays, although the weekends reveal an area populated with very young and twenty-something people, there is a decent mix of culture, families and professionals. Steadily, the Haight Ashbury is polishing its armor; renovated Victorians that look as if they’re made of ginger bread among the funky elements can now reach prices of millions of dollars while the tree-lined streets remain priceless. Less than 25% of its inhabitants are home owners, according to the US Census Bureau, with prices suited to the current financial times the area is still a major zone for renters. Fearless ones, according to the Crime Incidents Map provided by our friends at PropertyShark.com, but then again, so are all those living in San Francisco.
Do you live in Haight Ashbury? What’s your favorite thing about this neighborhood? Got any advice for those looking to rent an apartment there?