Sunday, February 12, 2012


            On my very first time visiting Haight- Ashbury I was very surprised to see that it did live up to its stereotype. I was thinking that all the pictures I have seen were just an exaggeration, but I came to find it really did have a hippie feel to it. The street sign of Haight-Ashbury is a big tourist destination. The reason for tourist wanting to come see this famous street sign is that this is the known site for the start of the hippie movement. Haight-Ashbury is known as the birthplace of the free love era, most tourist want to get a glimpse of what it was like back in the sixties.
            The counter culture, which was birthed, in Haight-Ashbury is still a prominent today, as shown by all the peace signs still there. The counter cuter is usually young people who do not want to conform to everyone else. The counter culture usually tries to do the opposite of everyone in order to prove a point and spread his or her messages. The counter culture is still alive today, for example just recently the bank was defaced with an anarchists A. The main group that made this area famous was the hippies of the sixties; you can still see the signs of this movement. There are still lots of peace signs on storefronts and the head shops. The smell of weed is also very prominent in this area still today.
During my visit I was intrigued of how the vibe of this area is so different from anywhere else that I know of. Although Haight-Ashbury is not far from campus at all the people how a totally different attitude there and seemly way of living. The atmosphere is laid back with people sitting and walking around the streets smoking weed. Tourist will continue to want come visit Haight –Ashbury to try and get a glimpse of what it was like in the past.

1 comment:

  1. I was surprised also how laid back everyone is. I just kept picturing the counter culture in your face and being very bothersome about money or food but they respected us as we went about the street. I was relieved because with the police always nearby I expected to see more chaos like its reputation.