Two streets that cross in San Francisco where the rebellious youth of the 1960's created a community of sorts. The Grateful Dead had a house in the area, as did Jefferson Airplane. Before LSD was made illegal, one could buy it over-the-counter in coffee shops in the area. Became a destination for millions of people seeking a new life in the Bay Area. Known to the outside world as "just a bunch of hippies!"
The group known as The Diggers or simply Diggers got their start here.
The Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic was founded in 1967 by Dr. David Smith.
During "the day" you could actually arrive there (having hitch-hiked in, of course) and find a "crash pad" where you could roll out your sleeping bag and pay no rent while you "got your act together". Unfortunately, these things were sometimes abused and they eventually disappeared.
Last Updated 05.27.02