When the Summer of Love is gone, you can still find its heat in Haight.
Surrounded by flowery Victorian buildings, greens of Golden Gate, Buena Vista and Panhandle parks, Haight-Ashbury neighborhood preserves the spirit of psychedelia of the 60s’, adding hip value to the housing prices, as well as hunger and drug problems to those who are homeless.
A center of Hippie utopia and counterculture in the past, the neighborhood today is comprised of mostly middle aged and well-off residents, with 75 percent of population being white, poverty level being 3 percent lower than in San Francisco, and median income — $27,135 higher than the city’s $110,000, according to U.S. Census.
Filled with tourists and strollers at daytime, Haight opens the doors of a couple of bars at night, but the real life happens outside, with live concerts illuminated by the blue stores’ lights.
Regardless of its wealthy facade, the neighborhood is “an international destination for youth who come seeking refuge from abusive families, alienating foster care … and juvenile justice system involvement,” according to Homeless Youth Alliance website.
“Come anytime, we are always here and not going anywhere,” said Chaos Tober, a sweeper at Taking it To The Streets organization that helps homeless youth. “That’s our home.”