Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Observations — San Francisco Street Art, Lower Haight
Most of the world knows Haight Ashbury, or “The Haight,” as it is called here. It’s several blocks starting roughly at Central and going out to Stanyan at the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park. This Haight Street is a magnet for tourists and residents alike with more than a little attention paid to its Hippie past. There are head shops and Medical marijuana centers amidst the shoe shops and tee-shirt stores. However, there is another Haight — Lower Haight. It is the continuation of Haight street east of Divisadero and down to Market. It too is interesting. Unusual shops, a variety of restaurants and great residential neighborhoods. My favorite spot in this area inhabited by a few serious anarchists is a saloon called “Molotov’s Cocktails.” Most tourists don’t know about Lower Haight, so it is a place for those who live in the neighborhood and other city locals aware of its charm. Here is a sampling of some of its street art.