The Haight-Ashbury 30 Years Ago:

A Timeline 

The data for this timeline comes from the book The Haight-Ashbury: A history by Charles Perry. I started it so people could look up what was going on in the Haight-Ashbury 30 years ago. Well, the 30th anniversary has come and gone, but the timeline is still useful when you need to find out what happened when, and it contains many dates not included on the Judeth Goldsmith timeline, which is the other major timeline about the counterculture.





The Turning Point

Note: I haven't been able to confirm this, but the idea for the Summer of Love seemed to have happened sometime in April. I have been told that Allen Cohen held a press conference to promote it on April 5 (see below).

The debate was between the Diggers, who wanted to keep the neighborhood out of the limelight, and the shop owners, who wanted to turn on the world. Well, they may have turned on the world, but doing so also finished off the Haight-Ashbury. I can't help to think of how things would have been different had there had been no Summer of Love. It was around Easter when the crowds started showing up in the Haight-Ashbury. Two of the Digger papers that mention this are Uncle Tim'$ Children and street news. I'm not sure why, but Allen Cohen doesn't mention this dispute on his CD-ROM.

Time magazine Hippie issue cover


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