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Hayes Valley, San Francisco

Hayes Valley, San Francisco

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Alright, this being a pretty new community with not a lot of posts, I'm gonna learn y'all on Hayes Valley, a bumpin' small neighborhood in San Francisco bounded roughly by Franklin on the West, Laguna on the East, Fulton on the North, and Oak or Page on the South, with most commercial activity happening on Hayes Street between Franklin and Laguna.

Historically, Hayes Valley has demographically been a place for working class black folks, with most of the commercial/restaurant/extertainment happening on Hayes between Gough and Franklin (and catering to the moneyed Opera/Symphony/City Hall crowd). Even today, most of the population is still working class black folks, but with the dismantling of the Central Freeway (along current Octavia Boulevard) the type of people who live and congregate underneath freeways mainly moved away, and slowly but surely, the typical San Francisco gentrification of yuppies, artists, gays, and creative types started to move into the neighborhood, attracted by the cheap rent, centralized location, and well, each other. Businesses along Hayes Street started catering to these new moneyed citizens, and voila, you now have a one-of-a-kind neighborhood of overpriced clothing, beyond-trendy shoes, art galleries, unique goods and organic stores, design/furniture stores, wine bars, restaurants for all incomes, and, my favorite, world-class coffee.

Today, Hayes Valley is known in multiple places as San Francisco's version of SoHo. One quick look at Craigslist belies that reputation - it's goddamn expensive to live here - and most of the places available on Craigslist have quite a liberal view of what constitutes Hayes Valley (i.e. not bounded by the streets named above, and honestly, not even close). There are also not a lot of opportunities to move here, mainly because when people move here, they rarely want to move out. The Burning Man temple, set up for the first three or four months on Hayes Green and currently dismantled, brought attention to the neighborhood in its newest incarnation.

Hayes Valley is the type of place you often hear that people have heard about, but haven't necessarily been through. "Oh, there! I always drive through there but have never really stopped" is the main comment I've heard about Hayes Valley. Anyways, feel free to correct anything I've mentioned above - I'm by no means an expert but because Hayes Valley has become my new adopted home, I've found a fascination for this type of history these couple of square blocks in the middle of our beautiful City. I can't (or maybe don't) want to imagine myself living anywhere else. Mainly, it's because of the coffee.

Hayes Valley Fun Fact: On April 18th, 1906, the Great Quake hit San Francisco. An hour or so after the quake, a family on the intersection of Hayes and Gough (I believe where Caffe delle Stelle is currently) tried to cooked some ham and eggs. Not knowing that their chimney was damaged by the quake, this attempt at breakfast caused the "Ham and Eggs" fire, which spread throughout the neighborhood, and was the fire to burn down San Francisco City Hall and the Hall of Records.

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Happy Reading - and feel free to comment on your thoughts on Hayes Valley!

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