The Haight-Ashbury Ain't What it Was in the Sixites

Now boasting a Gap, a Ben and Jerry's and a McDonald's, the Haight-Ashbury ain't what it was in the 60's; but it still has it's share of tie-die emporiums and druggies and pan-handlers on the sidewalks. And the grafitti is more elegant, if memory serves me.

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livelonger 10 years ago from San Francisco

The Haight-Ashbury is full of interesting contrasts which your pics amply demonstrate. Thanks, Ralph.

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Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Ralph, that's a nice shot of the street sign. Next time you're in town, you have to stop by our new building. Hope you had a good trip.

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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

Thanks for the comments. We enjoyed our visit to the Bay area. The photo upload feature seems to me to be working better.

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jamestedmondson 10 years ago from San Francisco

Ralph, love the pics, and I also love how you are not at all afraid to get a good crack head photo.

How about using some extensive photoshop techniques, you show us what it DID look like in the 60s? That would be far out.

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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment. I don't have Photoshop although several people have recommended it to me. I'm a tech idiot and Picasa taxes my brain to the limit. Perhaps I could find some pics from the sixties on the Internet.

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IĆ°unn 10 years ago

great photos

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Algena Lee 10 years ago

The pictures of Haight-Ashbury are amazing! We were in San Francisco about a month ago... Your pictures brings back lots of fond memories of the city and Haight-Ashbury... I always love San Francisco!

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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

Glad you enjoyed them.

James 10 years ago

Hey Ralph, Don't know if you will ever read this, but what time/month of the year were these taken???... The streets look a little bare from the time I was there last summer.

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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

The pictures were taken around 8am October 1 or 2, 2006.

bizo 10 years ago

haight-ahbury is filled with a bunch of crack, speed, and dope better watch your back in the haight

Stannous Flouride 10 years ago

There are wonderful collections of SF pictures in the Main Library SF History Room website (categorized by subject, neighborhoods, era, etc.) including many from the Haight-

Algena Lee 10 years ago

The weather was just perfect when we were in San Francisco last October. God, I miss the Ethiopian and Mexican food at Haight-Ashbury.

webhed 10 years ago

Nice Photos - Please see our photos posted on the Haight-Ashbury Homepage -

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Ralph Deeds 9 years ago Author

Will do. Thanks for the comment.

aninda rahman 9 years ago

thanks for your visual documentation. i live in a far country (Bangladesh), but i have mental affiliation with haight. i feel for it. it showed us way to freedom in the truest sense ... i salute all we live and died haight ... i salute the romanticism ... your contribution means a lot for many, love for all ...

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Ralph Deeds 9 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind comment. I'm glad to hear from someone in Bangladesh. The Internet is shrinking the world. Why don't you make a Hub with pictures from your country? Best regards. Ralph Deeds

samantha  9 years ago

yes i am doing a project in my class on haight ashbury in the 1960s and i dont think you have any from there, anyways i was wondering if you can put the pics up from back then and email me when you do thank you verymuch

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Ralph Deeds 9 years ago Author

I don;t have any pictures from the sixties. I took all the above pictures one morning last year. Sorry.

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BudHasherdashery 7 years ago from Metro New York

Seems we have more in common than I would have imagined...used to be Dock Trash up in Put-in_Bay, and have sailed a time or two myself on Lake Erie.

Looking at your photographs of Haight Ashbury I am reminded of my own time in the fine city of San Francisco as a bike messenger, and the work I did on many of the beautiful Victorians that can be found on Haight Street. Yes, it has changed a bit, more sterile perhaps than it was, and more graffiti, and yet the over all feel is still much the same as my memory recalls.

I returned to San Francisco myself in the early 90's and was dissappointed at the sterile Yuppized rendition of those heady days that made the city by the bay so famous, yet that was to be expected after they took a bulldozer to Winterland in the name of least I was fortunate enough to attend the Grateful Dead's farewell performance for that landmark.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment. I live in the Detroit area but have three kids in the Bay area and get out their several times a year. I'd like to move there but the housing is so expensive compared to where I live.

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