The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on September 5, 1965 · 7
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 7

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Sunday, September 5, 1965
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Cancel 5,1965 5CH 8.f3xmUM-$eC.l 5 FIRST OF A SERIES A Neiv Paradise For Beatniks By MICHAEL FALLON Five untroubled youngPT? : "hippies," sprawled on floor" ' mattresses and slouched in an armchair retrieved from a debris box, flipped cigaret ashes at a seashell in their Waller Street flat and pondered their next move. It was 5 in the evening. Dinner was not yet on the stove; the makings for dinner were nowhere in sight. No one appeared worried, though. Or even interested. The same apathy controll- f ed the discussion of their next pad, a move forced on them by a police marijuana and drinking party raid the week before. "Maybe we'll move to the Fillmore," said Jeff, 21, the oldest. The proposal drew loud snickers and seemed doomed. In all likelihood the hippies will drift together, separately or in new combinations to other quarters in the Haight-Ashbury District. Haight - Ashbury is the City's new bohemian quarter for serious writers, painters and musicians, civil rights workers, crusaders for all kinds of causes, homosex uals, lesmans, marijuana users, young working couples of artistic bent and the outer fringe of the bohemian fringe the "hippies, the "heads, the beatniks. It is, in short, "W e s Beach." By and large, the Establish ment of Haight - Ashbury longtime residents and businessmenare not in the least disturbed by all this. They are optimistic about the fu ture of the district, welcome "new blood," and point to commercial growth. Haight - Ashbury indeed seems to be experiencing renaissance that will make it a richer, better neighborhood in which to live. LOW RENTS There, too, are hundreds of San Francisco State College students, in flight from Park merced and in close contact with the hip world, and more aloof delegations from the University of California Med' ical Center and the Univer sity of San Francisco. They fit into a mosaic of races and nationalities unique in the City Negroes, Filipinos, some Japanese, Russians, Czechs, Scandinavians, Armenians, Greeks, Germans and Irish. Newcomers and oldtimers, both are attracted to Haight-Ashbury by the low rents. A high - ceilinged six room apartment worth $250 a month or more elsewhere in San Francisco may be found there for $150, or even for as low as $85. The neighborhood is sprucing itself up. Dozens of splendid pre-earthquake Victorian homes have been refurbished J in wi Bttmsi IK: WHERE THE ACTION IS A sort of "West Beach" VISIT TlFFANY&CO. SAN FKAWCtSCO and acquired fresh paint. New businesses are moving in to cater to the new bo-hemians. Older shops are enlarging. Yet there are troubles. The threat of urban renewal proj ects in adjoining districts, or in Haight-Ashbury itself, raises slum fears. "Planning" is not a kindly-received word, by and large, among the 30,000 people who live east of Stanyan Street, south of Fulton, west of Divisadero and north of 17th Street, Upper Terrace and Buena Vista Park. The neighborhood's problems had little importance in the flat at 1446 Waller St., where a visitor was cautioned by a 4 year old Negro girl playing on the front steps: "Don't go in there. That's the wrong door. That's the beatnik door." In the previous week's marijuana raid, police had jailed eight tenants and rounded up 14 suburban juveniles, nearly all neat and well-behaved. POT SALES The five survivors in t h e third - floor flat said the gathering had been a "rentj party," advertised in the hip world to raise as effortless ly as possible $125 for another month's rent. Like many hippies, they de fended marijuana. "It's not habit forming, you know," they said. "To equate it with smack (heroin) is wrong." Marijuana sells for about $1 stick (cigaret) or $15 an say it is easily obtained and far healthier than a few shots of whisky. Would the five consider taking jobs to raise bail for comrades unfairly incarcer ated? "It would be a lot of work." "They wouldn't expect it of us. If they weren't worried about their friends, or their next pad, or anything else, then how about dinner? Where was that next meal coming from? "A lot of us have 'straight' friends. They bring us food." Without lifting a finger, hip pies share, too, in this age of affluence. On the menu that evening was lasagna. (Tomorrow: Coffee-housing in the HA) SAN FRANCISCO'S HOUSE Of WURUTZER DISTRIBUTORS OF ILEAKANIC WURUTZER PIANOS, ORGANS - & ELECTRONIC PIANOS Jst a few pianos left from our y uri.E- an m A-YEAR Factory Authorized NEW' WURUTZER SPINET 95 tenth tit re Ebony 1 Mahogany (Walnut ihaMly diqhsr Free delivery up to 300 miles en most tales Phone 861 2932 A Cmpany. corner m & mission st. s.f. Stores in Son Freomco & Oakland Oakland Address 2124 Broadwtry 451-976$..-, r i YTTYfl A WW V V o AS 0 a Day VALUES! SALES' SAYINGS! COME EARLY, SHOP LATE Be at Macy's Tuesday to shop the big savings ! Be here for a big boost to your budget save on children's needs, your needs, homewares, menswear! Be here when Macy's White Flower executives come to the selling floors to lend their assistance. It's the day all 9 Macy's stores blossom out with price reductions, special purchase sales, temporary markdowns! It's big, MARKDOWNS! BIG, BIG BUYS! TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 ONLY it's the one you wait for, with savings in every nook and cranny on every single floor. Be here early, for many items are in limited quantity and are just too good to last. Shop Tuesday evening, too, all Macy's stores stay open late. (To see what's waiting, read Macy's special section in this paper). (all Macy's stores will be closed Monday, Labor Day)

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