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How the Summer of Love came to San Francisco 50 years ago

How the Summer of Love came to San Francisco 50 years ago

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During the summer of 1967, thousands of flower children streamed across America towards California searching for love, freedom, drugs and music. Their dream? A life free from conventions.

Haight-Ashbury in 2017: The San Francisco neighborhood almost looks as if the clock stopped 50 years ago. Psychedelic-looking house facades and graffiti proclaiming love and peace for all can be seen everywhere. There are flower power bars and second-hand shops selling hippie accessories such as Buddha figures, water pipes, and beaded jewelry. A burger joint even splashed the words "Summer of Love" onto its colorful exterior.

The house prices in this former hippie hangout haven't remained the same since 1967, however. Real estate values have boomed over the decades. Property here is expensive. Whoever lives here has made it - and now must share their streets with the tourist buses that drive through Haight-Ashbury every few minutes.

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