The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on September 8, 1965 · 11
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 11

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Wednesday, September 8, 1965
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HAIGIIT STREET HIPPIES Are 'Beats' Good Business? By MICHAEL FALLON "You put them all together, and I bet they don't put $50 into the neighborhood." This Is how John Lee, a clothing store owner, assesses the economic contribution of the hippies aimless youths on the rim of Bohemia's spinning disc to the Haight-Ashbury District. But Lee, one of four Negro proprietors in the neighborhood that has become The City's new refuge for Bohemians, is willing to tolerate the long - haired drifters. "Don't worry," he said. "They're going to come and go." SAME TOLERANCE The same tolerance was shown by Joseph A. Garcia, who has operated a Haight Street cafe since 1935. "When the beatniks have the money they spend it," Garcia said. "When they don't, they don't come in to bother me." Socrates Cassimus, owner of the Golden Cane bar, has noticed an influx of hippies during the last few months, but "they don't come here. They have their own places to patronize." Kenneth Rexroth, poet, critic and Examiner columnist and a Haight-Ashbury resident for 10 years felt it worth noting that "many of those in blue jeans and sandals and beards are studying to be architects or industrial designers. In five years, they'll be earning pots of money." It was Rexroth's opinion that middle - class Negro neighborhoods throughout America are becoming the new Latin Quarters of the Nation. NOT ALL-WHITE Geoffrey Link, 22, a S a n Francisco State journalism student and a two - year tenant of the integrated Haight-Ashbury District, returned from Summer work in the civil rights campaign in Mississippi with this conviction- "I would never live in an all-white neighborhood. We don't live in an all-white society." But another admirer of integration, a young father who considers Haight - Ashbury "the most cosmopolitan neighborhood I know," admitted he withdrew his son from Dudley Stone School because, he said, the youngster was one of only three Caucasians enrolled in the first grade. Despite the retreat of Caucasian parents of school-age children a problem recognized by the Arthur D. Little planning reports as common in San Francisco and the advance of Bohemians, Haight-Ashbury businessmen and merchants are optimistic about the future of the neighborhood. "I don't find anything on the downtrend nothing at all," said Herman Otero, a Haight St. real estate broker. "We've been experiencing nothing but an increase in prices for the past 10 years." Armando Polanos, another realtor, said that "rents are going up, but not so much as in The City. Dwellings sell, but not so fast. You wouldn't get the same price you'd get elsewhere." the past 23 years and an energetic neighborhood leader also moved her shop to larger quarters recently. "This is a very colorful neighborhood," Mrs. Johnston said. "People from all races, creeds and environments seem to find happy accommodations. They like our old Victorian homes. "This is a more down-to-earth Pacific Heights." (Last of four articles) Lights Help Deaf to Talk TOKYO (AP) A device using colored lights and an artificial mouth to show positions of the tongue is helping deaf children learn to speak in Japan. The device was shown at a world congress of phoneticians here. w,d.,s.p., 1965 5C2H .3F.i:xamhtrr Page 11 $50 Million Split in Road Taxes SACRAMENTO (AP) Approximately $50,948,615 in highway taxes was divided among the State, counties and cities in August, State Controller Alan Cranston's office reported yesterday. It was apportioned as follows: Some $9.3 million to coun ties; $4.1 million to the State highway fund for cities; $5.9 million to the State highway fund for counties and cities; $25.1 million to the State highway fund for expenditure on highways; and $6.3 million for storm and flood damages. The money distributed came from the following sources: Some $45.9 million from the gasoline tax; $3.6 million from the diesel fuel tax; $930,241 by transfer from the motor vehicle transportation tax fund, and the balance from miscellaneous sources. WANT TO READ FASTER? See Ad on Page 9 HI c iATrf' "V W.'V . I . 1 U-L . ...m... ... , i-,- i nn . f i i.iiilimiih.liiii mm iij ii urn ii. , n ii ? I f X----- - - -- ' ..-Ml I U.J. -Ml I1LI1.H..-1 -j, M ;:i 1 i . JOHN AGER tt " - V r ' $p '. " WwiSw A Victorian home A ' 1". IW-1? r- kj After the movie, :,s: p- , ' 1 " :-:!f;;s:':ffi Vmmtsmmmmmmmmtttmmmi, w . . nw mm j u pm i.inin iji ji.imniniu ii wwpwwwi u..uinum,. wi in i mmmmmmmmmmimmmmmmmmmmmmimmmmimmm piww ' " .i.'"11 tmmmmf iiiiiipijni.ij LJi Ur ! "ii; I 11 X ; JOHN LEE 1 w ' I i ' ' I i 1 T - "Don't wo," !' XC: .. S-V. ri -'""A juSBC' ,'. J I i U I" J ..... - J !! mini tini ii i 1 .vtf : : a. f n n mlwilii iiinfij BwWitlnWWaTiaia ana till mill i II m mil uMiml n Htdriamt, .... Doris Day entertains, Richard Burton acts, Dave Brubeck plays, history is recreated, - As - . m devil; iv.t. ;- -v Real estate broker John Agar, expressing the more prevalent feeling, said he was holding on to his own Haight-Ashbury property and thought it possible that Haight St. "will become something like Union St." LIKE UNION ST. Ager, an Englishman who live3 with his wifeandtwo children in a remodeled Victorian home, acknowledged that much credit for refur bishing these homes belonged to recently arrived homosexuals in the neighborhood. "The artistic gentlemen take tremendous pride in their property," he said. "The improve it and hold on to it." But for Ager, "the pulse of Haight - Ashbury" is the Haight Street shopkeepers, many of whom ar eenlarging their establishments and keeping show - window lights on at night. Albert F. Smith, in business on Haight Street for more than 30 years, felt the district "took a beating" about two years ago, "but it's coming along big now. I think Haight Street is on the move." Smith put his cash where his confidence is last May and moved his hardware store to larger new quarters on the street. RETURN FROM SUBURBS Smith's son, Robert, brought up in Haight -Ashbury, said that m a n y families who had moved to the suburbs recently returned to the district because they missed its neighborhood quality. "Basically, I think this is a real good neighborhood," he said. "I think it's bound to come up." (Yet the younger Smith, 38, now resides with his own family west of Twin Peaks.) Mrs. Margaret Johnston, owner of Park Electric for Announcement Learn the Travel Agency Business REGISTRATIONS HOW BEING ACCEPTED September 22nd Session INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TRAVEL 355 STOCKTON STREET SAN FRANCISCO Ttl. EX 2-1 536 Eugene Ormandy conducts, Victor Borge clowns, children are amused, Barbra Streisand sings. That's what TWA does for an encore arStream Theater Coast on your jettotheEas PLEASE SEND FREE INFORMATION IROCHURE: Name , Add'tn City EX 1 I -Phone. Select your favorite artist, or try them all. 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