haightstreet.com home page

Haight Street
+ Haight Street today
+ Origin of the name
+ Merchants

Haight Street Stories
(the comic book)
+ Background
+ Sample pages and original text
+ Authors
+ How to order
+ How to advertise

+ Driving directions to Haight & Ashbury (Yahoo! Yellow Pages Interactive Maps)

+ Send email

Haight Street is an internationally known, legendary destination in San Francisco, California.

Haight Street Stories Eighteen blocks long, it begins on Gough near Market Street and ends right at the entrance to Golden Gate Park at Stanyan Street.

Haight Street lends its name to the entire district, known either simply as The Haight or The Haight-Ashbury, which is bordered to the north by Oak Street and (most would agree) to the south by 17th Street and the winding Roosevelt. Haight Street itself is divided into two parts, generally referred to as the Lower and Upper Haight. Divisadero Street separates Upper from Lower Haight, but both sections are rife with Victorian buildings owned or rented to both residential and commercial clients.

The street was probably named after Henry Haight, a nineteenth century banker who founded the Protestant Orphan Asylum. However, there were several prominent citizens with the same last name at the time, all related, for whom it could have been named. Today it is unclear exactly who the true eponymous source was. (See origin of the name.)

Haight Street has been through good economic times and bad, but now appears to have settled into a steady state of thriving commerce mixed with the bizarre. The Upper Haight is where Graham Nash, the Grateful Dead and many other popular rock bands once made their homes. It was also the primary site for the Summer of Love (1967) when George Harrison walked down it with a guitar in his hands followed by a cadre of Flower Children. Today it is frequented by locals, enjoys a brisk tourist trade and a considerable degree of Yuppification.

Both Upper and Lower Haight have a vibrant night life, plenty of unusual small shops and colorful characters living in the district as well as, literally, on the street.

Haight Street Stories, a comic book written by H. W. Moss and illustrated by The Ant, takes place on Upper Haight Street. (See sample pages.)
top of page

© copyright haightstreet.com 2001