Home to a diverse crowd of young artists and post-grad vagabonds who spend altogether too much time waiting for tables or downing pints at Mad Dog, Lower Haight has hosted an off-center night life for years. Although infamous housing projects like the "Pink Palace" are now dismantled, the neighborhood still has a mixed reputation.
The small stretch along Haight Street is bounded by Webster and Divisadero, but residents don't seem need much more than the small strip of shops, restaurants and bars, conveniently wedged between Octavia and Alamo Square. There's a distinct neighborhood feel here as people gather around impromptu tag sales or pack it in for a night at Nickie's.
Artwork by Niana Liu
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