San Francisco, California

The place where it all began in the Summer of Love, 1967. Is it still happening here? Well almost. The Haight-Ashbury area is just a tourist attraction, and not really so cool. While Berkeley still has a lot of the old spirit and feeling. The S.F. area is way too expensive for hippies anymore, unless you own a hi-tech business!

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  • Too many fags.

  • Lived in Haight from 1968 to 1970. Never be anything like it. Of course, the old saying, if you can remember, you weren’t there. So many memories – just non-stop flashbacks – whenever anyone mentions the ’60’s. The best of times and the worst of times – as the saying goes.

  • Still some friendly people left up there on the hill

  • there are still some kind people up on the hill,,, but why are the drums all messed up , on sunday,, with whistles and horns and ,, and ,, the drums are good , it seems to,,, well,, when there are only drums

  • there are still some kind people up on the hill,,, but why are the drums all messed up , on sunday,, with whistles and horns and ,, and ,, the drums are good , it seems to,,, well,, when there are only drums

  • though it will never be the same, it was the epicenter of a life altering movement. it deserves accollades

  • I was in the Haight from 1966 to 1968. Stayed here and there;
    256 Central st, 1090 Page, British Embassy, and Greta Garbos (Kirkland Hotel)

  • I was in the Haight from 1966 to 1968. Stayed here and there;
    256 Central st, 1090 Page, British Embassy, and Greta Garbos (Kirkland Hotel)

    balisonr@yahoo.com

  • San Francisco had it once. Hippy Heaven. It’s still a great place to visit, but you’re better off living somewhere like Oakland or Berkeley. SF is no fun to live in, even with money. There’s NO parking anywhere. Traffic is always a dangerous crowded mess. The streets are deadly after dark, full of vicious crack heads and dirtbags. Downtown crawls with the dregs of the homeless, thieves, gangs, streetwalkers and endless beggars. Not quite paradise. The cops are corrupt and brutal and the yuppie lifestyle will not protect you from them or the criminals. Downtown boasts one of earth’s largest collections of bargain pawnshops full of knives, guns, teargas, stunguns, and every possible implement that the criminal class needs for their profession. Cheap fleabag hotels insure a steady flow of mayhem. So go to the Haight, boogie at the Fillmore, have some fun in a pretty city. Just remember that the vibe here is similar to New Orleans in that the whole place is run as a tourist trap. The Dollar Rules. SF has zero family values. Whatever spiritual vibe remained from the 60’s has long since succumbed to the greed and ugliness that prevails now. Yeah, they still celebrate a lot of things in SF, I just can’t figure out WHY. Looking at SF as a sort of cultural museum rather than a true modern hip entity may give you a truer perspective.

  • SF is a great place to visit and most of the folks there were really nice. I ventured all around the city looking for famous movie locations–the town is full of them. This was a great way to see the real city while avoiding the traps. Get a multi-day MUNI pass that covers all modes of transit and ride your buns off all over the city–it’s a bargain. Yes there are scores of homeless–thanks to that useless Willy Brown–but most won’t bother you.

  • I visited San Fran about 4 years ago…to be exact the Castro District.

    I absolutley loved it I would love to live there and not as one of the homeless that love to “live” there.

    But I still think no matter what happens to the city within the next 20years 40years ago it was the place to be. I was not alive back then, unfortunatly, but I love to see pictures and hear stories about a resturant that my family used to frequent back in the 50s-80s. Fanacios, it was said to be the place.

    But that was then and it has closed and the whole worl will morn the death of such a beloved landmark.

  • FUCK OFF “GOT AIDS”.

    You narrow minded fuck.

    That is the most prudish comment I have ever heard.

    But that I guess is what you expect from a self-loathing Homo.

    AND BTW I AM A FAG AND SO PROUD TO BE ONE AND WE ARE EVERYWHERE SO LIVE WITH IT.

  • I don’t know if this thread is still dead or not, and this is my first time coming to this web site.. but, “Hippy Hill” on the McDonalds end of Haight St is still alive and full of liberal potheads. Not necessarily hippies though, but in my opinion, hippy became a fashion in the end.. just like punk rock now. There is also a fairly good amount of homeless gutter punks (most friendly) that live in the park. I was homeless living in the park for awhile, with my pitbull (he is VERY friendly, as are most of the dogs you will see at the hill, most being pitbulls.)

    Roughly once a month, though there was a time when it was every tuesday, the cops will send a sweep and arrest anyone if they have cause to. On a daily basis, a cop will go by on a bike maybe once every 30 minutes, but, that doesn’t stop people from smoking bud whenever they wish. Some of the cops are real pricks.. I got a fine for sitting on a log about five feet away from the trail once. The reason? Loitering off the path.. yes, the cop made it up on the spot. Some of the cops are really cool, though, one in particular will just make you throw your weed out if he catches you. Although, if you are a minor, he won’t be so nice.

    San Francisco is my favored place to live, although I am forced to live in hotels most of the time. Having a dog, this can be a pain. I currently distribute marijuana for a profession, like hundreds other at the hill. Being homeless in the park is not so bad, except for the winters, where it rains constantly.. non stop rain!

    I encourage anyone living in/near the bay area to come stop by the hill one of these weekends, or weekdays, the environment is very friendly and pot-friendly. On weekends you will see people playing bongos and such, sometimes even full drum sets. Right now I am out of town for Burning Man, which means I am in Reno at the present moment, staying with about six others.. one of which having this computer. So, I will try to check in on any replies to my post on this forum, so please feel free to respond to my post.

    Bring your dog, buy some weed, smoke it, and have a fun time on Hippy Hill 🙂 Mushrooms are also around on occasion, though they are sporadic.
    I’m not sure if you all have heard about what happened with Acid down there.. so let me continue this overy-long post a bit. The biggest farmer down there, the guy that taught everyone else how to farm, got into a deal with the District Attorneys Sting Guys.. I guess thats what they are called. He sold eight gallons of acid to them, and got charged with Conspiracy to Commit Genocide. So, its a challenge to come across LSD.

  • never been to hippy hill but i am going to go there looking for an old friend from the land of fayette “nam” for those who know where that is
    and for those who know critter “free the man” anyway im not really looking for anything out west except to kill some time and see some things i havent seen.im hoping my travels go well and to maybe meet someone to travel with on the road hopefully it will be my friend i am searching for small world things can be done even 1,000’s of miles away and to the guy with the pit bull may the spirt be with you brother
    i hope you enjoy burning man if you care to write me you can reach me at NYTRESS@ROCKETMAIL.COM

  • I was born and raised in San Francisco. Its nothing… NOTHING close to what it was for me as a child, and teenager. There really was something happening there, but its dead. Get over the illusion, its gone, go make it happen somewhere else. Stop hanging out in the graveyard its time to live now. Lived in the Haight from 68-72. Lived at 2013 Oak Street, 3rd floor flat. Went to Polytechnic High School just across the street from keyzar stadium. I now still visit S.F. as a tourist, my son (12 now), and I still fish for crab right off the pier down on the embarcadarro, like I did when I was a kid. I learned alot growing up in the City, but most of it was just survival skills, not anything pleansant. Being a musician and artist was a good thing at the time. Plenty of talent at that time. I don’t know what its like anymore. Kinda sad. What ruined the city is depravity. Pure and simple.

  • this is VERY IMPORTANT!!! if you consider yourself a TRUE HIPPIE you must read. It is a common occurance in the united states that people who are innocent are imprissoned for decades and sometimes put to death. these are not isolated occurances. this happens to thousands of people. it can happen to you or a loved one. I’m sorry this topic is off post, but as many people as possible MUST be informed. Just yesterday, a man who was wrongly held for 22 years was released. if you pay more than just lip service to being a hippie, this will deaply trouble you. in many ways, this is more important than almost all other causes. if you can’t expect to remain free, you can’t expect to work toward any other social goals. check out http://WWW.INNOCENCEPROJECT.ORG

  • I’M MIGUEL FROM BARCELONA (SPAIN), I THINK FRISKO ISN´T LIKE 1960. YUPPIES,BUSSINES PIGS PLAYS TO MONOPOLY WITH THE PAINTED LADIES AND THE REST OF HOUSES.HOMELESS PEOPLE AREN´T THE PROBLEM,S.F IS FAMOUS AROUND THE WORLD,THANKS A PROGRESSIVE,TOLERANCE AND NOT REPUBLIC POLITICAL CITY, AND WITH ONLY 700.000 PEOPLE IT CREATED BEATNIK,HIPPI,BERKELEYREVOLUTION,GAY PRIDE,BLACK PANTHER IN OAKLAND…
    SF HAS THE BETTER TRANSPORT PUBLIC THAT I MEET.BARCELONA HAS 3 MILLION OF PEOPLE AND 12:00 MIDNIGTH CLOSED THE SUBWAY.
    IN SPAIN ,BAY AREA ARE FAMOUS,BECAUSE ISN’T LIKE THE OTHERS CITIES USA, BAY AREA PEOPLE COULD WALK WITH PROUD WEARING T.SHIRTS KOMUNIST,ANARCHIST…
    THE REST OF USA,SUCKS…
    MILITARY PEOPLE WE DOESNT WANT IN FRISKO,PRESIDIO GOOD PARK.
    SCWHARZY ALWAYS ATE SHIT IN BAY AREA ELECTIONS VOTES.
    THANK´S FOR ALL CITIZENS ON BAY AREA ,FRISKO AIN´T ORANGE COUNTY. MY AMERICAN LANGUAGE ISN´T GOOD,ONLY I STUDIED 8 MONTHS.WRITE ME AND WE SPEAK ,ALL CONVERSATITONS: POLITICAL THINGS,SPORTS, TRAVELS,FOODS,CULTURAL MOVEMENTS…
    ASENSIOMIGUEL@YAHOO.ES

  • allo! How is everyone today?? Im from England and I just wanna say…
    HIPPIES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Peace love and harmony to everyone!!!!! someone write back!

  • hi emily

  • hi person who said hi emily. Some one write back! yyey!! love.

  • I love Sanfrancisco!!!! I just want to say hi to all the people on the hill…..
    I am in my home country of Australia which is very beautiful but a part of my soul has been deeply touched in SanFrancisco…. I feel alive and full of love, people are awake and look deeply into eachothers eyes and there is a lot of intermingling of people of all ages, races, cultures…… An adventure is waiting to be had and a story to be told….
    To all you who say that it’s died maybe it just died in your mind and it’s time to open up and see all the positive people keeping SanFrancisco the positive, open minded place it is.
    There is sadness and chaos there, there is poverty and wealth….but the spontainaity pours from the soul of those who need to be there and share… The music is so alive and unrestrained…..not the way we’ve been trained….
    Peace to all and a sparkle in my eye when I think of golden gate park and hippy hill and the Panhandle……

  • me and a friend went to stay in san fran the other night. found shrooms easily on haight street, then we started shrooming and walking around. we went to the golden gate park and got mugged by five thugs. my hands all fucked up and i cant play guitar anymore. for a few days. ish. i dunno. yeah stay away from the golden gate park at night.

  • My sister lives in SF and shes ultra-conservative. We grew up in NY, NY and we both believe that NY is more diverse and cultured than SF. I do love it though, but I am afraid to say that its becoming more of a yuppie haven than a hippie haven. Haight-Ashbury still has that Hippie scene, and there are cool people. I have also found that a lot of the people there tend to all look the same…but it hast completley died out, thank god for that.

    Peace~

  • My sister lives in SF and shes ultra-conservative. We grew up in NY, NY and we both believe that NY is more diverse and cultured than SF. I do love it though, but I am afraid to say that its becoming more of a yuppie haven than a hippie haven. Haight-Ashbury still has that Hippie scene, and there are cool people. I have also found that a lot of the people there tend to all look the same…but it hast completley died out, thank god for that.

    Peace~

  • I was born and raised in the Bay Area. San Francisco is full of excitement and there’s always something fun to do. I’ve been to both New York and San Francisco, and I’ll take the Bay anyday! The smell of the water, the drives around town, the music scene…I could go on forever. It is my home and I love it.

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