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Haight Ashbury 5 Years After Hippie Heaven (1972 TV Documentary)

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An old TV news crew interview with San Francisco Assemblyman Willie Brown driving in his Porsche as well as store keepers, cops, stake holders, activists, street denizens and more about the state of the hood some 5 years after the hippie heyday in the Haight Ashbury. Produced by Chronicle Broadcasting and aired on KRON San Francisco Bay Area channel 4 back in 1972. The program includes interviews with longtime local activist Calvin Welch, who suggests the "unresponsive" UCSF Parnassus campus has Manhattanized the neighborhood. There is discussion of the "down zoning" of the neighborhood led by architect Ronald Jonash (who has since returned to Boston), that was intended to dramatically reduce population density and real estate speculation. Archival footage is included of the expansion of UCSF Parnassus campus and shots of other hospitals, as well as scenes inside the collective living space at Good Earth Commune, clips shot at local merchants, and the Haight Ashbury Recycling Center and Free Store. David Johnson, Chairman of the Mayor's Committee to Restore the Haight appears and they film a meeting of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council. Other perspectives are heard from Joan and Rena McAuley, Steve Keever and Ron Landberg of the Good Earth Commune and some black & white film shots of angry longhairs protesting Mayor Alioto at a public meeting on October 21st 1970. Narration is by Art Brown, with original music by Jon Fromer. This film was written, produced and directed by Ira Eisenberg and edited by Bob Shafer. Film transfer made by Alex Cherian of the SF State Bay Area TV Archives project https://diva.sfsu.edu/ .