“center of the 1960s hippie movement”
Center of the long-gone hippie culture of the 1960s, this trendy neighborhood is now a whole new scene with upscale boutiques, Internet cafes and hip restaurants. The area still maintains its bohemian ambiance, though the effects of gentrification are also apparent and continually changing. The neighborhood remains a thriving center of independent local businesses. It is home to a number of independent restaurants and bars, as well as clothing boutiques, booksellers, head shops and record stores including Amoeba Music. The cohabitation between throw-backs to the Fifties lounge scene, organic and spiritual New Age ambiance of the Sixties, punk-rock politics and computer culture is one of the neighborhood's most interesting and endearing aspects socially and artistically. The Red Victorian hotel is also a popular attraction. An independent theater of the same name operated about a block away from the hotel from 1980 to 2011. The neighborhood is home to many restored Victorian houses. Painted Lady Victorians are a common sight throughout the neighborhood. The Tubes performing at 2012 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair. The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is held on the second Sunday of June each year, during which Haight Street is closed between Stanyan and Masonic, with one sound stage at each end.
long gone hippie culture?.. Not really, believe me you know when you've entered Haight,Ashbury by the people walking around if you get my drift.
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