Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Haight Street on the eve of the Summer of Love

And here's a slice (click to enlarge) of the Haight in June 1966, from the San Francisco Street Address Telephone Directory (source: Prelinger Library). Note the pioneering Psychedelic Shop at 1535 Haight. Any of these businesses still around?


Joseph Gratz said...

Aub Zam Zam is still there.

Anonymous said...

Many businesses are still there. The New Lite Super Market, the Gold Cane, Western Locksmith, Neda's Flowers, just from memory. If you really care, print out that old directory and walk the street. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the residents in the houses/apartments are still there, too; I know two houses a block off Haight that were occupied by the same family for the last 40 years.

megan said...

Connie's Restaurant at 1466 is now All You Knead (not sure if they're closed for remodeling or good or what,) which has a nicely anachronistic feel despite not being the same business. It's interesting how some have changed businesses but maintained the same use like that (ie. a cleaners at 1300 Haight) while other commercial spaces have had wildly divergent uses. Also interesting the business life cycle on the street; the venerable businesses remaining today (Robert's Hardware among my favorites) tend toward neighborhood-serving uses (more for residents than visitors) and the retail shops change more to fit changing vogues for outsiders coming to shop and recreate. Also of note is which businesses on that list date from much earlier (Benedetti's at 1615, now American Apparel, had been there since before WWII) making them the venerable old timers in those changing times.

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