An alleyway linking San Francisco's Chinatown and North Beach was once part of the Beat Generation neighborhood which gained prominence in the 1950's. Writers and poets such as Lawrence Ferlingetti, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, ...etc. gathered here to write and socialize. Mr. Ferlingetti owned the famous City Lights Bookstore right next to the alley and he proposed to the city in 1988 to remodel this once dingy pathway. It was renamed to Kerouac Alley after the writer with tiled wordings on the street and colorful murals on the walls.
Without doubt the most interesting alley I've seen!
They did a great job, it's the opposite of dingy now! Very nice passageway and nicely captured. I imagine those words would be inspiring to walk past.
What a historic walkway, with all the poets gathering there to socialize. I love the tiled writings. Great post.
That is interesting!
What a great tribute.
Great! I have bookmarked this for a future visit.
I love walking around the alleyways of Chinatown and North Beach.
What a great place. I love the coloured walls and the quotes on the walkway. Lovely!
What fab quotes ! Must visit this on my next trip to the USHappy WW ! Don't forget to share your linky on my blog :)
Inspiration to live by :) Happy WW
thanks for this tour, love the last thought! happy rest of the week:-)
it would probably take me a very long time to walk on this alley, very interesting
Guess where I am headed as soon as possible. Didn't know about this one, thank you for turning me onto it!
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