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San Francisco's Famous Haight-Ashbury District

 

The tide of history swept through the nation and San Francisco in the summer of 1967 as hundreds of thousands of young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco with shouts of "Make love, not war," "U.S. out of Vietnam!" and "Equal rights for all!" Ideals of peace, social justice and ecology have resounded from the Haight-Ashbury ever since.

 

Sami Sunchild, owner-conservator of the Red Victorian Bed & Breakfast, Peaceful World Center and Café declares, "I have long been aware of the impact on our culture of the spiritual and life teachings of Asia, of the gurus of India, but it is only since coming to the Haight-Ashbury that I learned of the reverse ideological migrations of “peaceniks,” of ecologists, writers, artists and hippies to other parts of the world. The hippies who flooded out of the Summer of Love in all directions, to India, Europe, Australia, made an influence on those cultures that continues to resonate. Today more Americans and foreigners know that the Summer of Love occurred in San Francisco than know that the United Nations was founded here.

 

In 1967 during the Summer of Love, at Haight and Belvedere streets, there was an upstairs Victorian hotel affectionately known as the "Jeffrey Haight." In these upstairs rooms the ideals of the Flower Children were discussed all night and experimentally lived out for that brief summer and, to some extent, beyond. Soon thereafter the drug dealers, the lost and lonely, the down-and-out took over and Haight Street’s storefronts were boarded up. The lovely Victorian neighbourhood faded into crime, ignorance and poverty.

 

What of the Haight today? Folks come to the rejuvenated Haight-Ashbury from all over the world to reminisce, and to share with each other how that one brief Summer of Love affected their lives. Over the big breakfast table at the Red Vic's Peaceful World Center and Cafe, creative dreams and actions for the present and future of the world are discussed. Peace, ecology, entrepreneurship and yes, personal responsibility and power, are enticing subjects of the ongoing global conversation at today’s Red Victorian.

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE SUMMER OF LOVE IN THE RED VIC’S IN-HOUSE NEWSPAPER WHICH IS FOUND IN ALL THE GUEST ROOMS.