Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

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Columbus Avenue is a street that runs diagonally through the North Beach and Chinatown areas of San Francisco, California, from Washington and Montgomery Streets by the Transamerica Pyramid to Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf. This street is home to several notable venues, such as Jack Kerouac Alley, named for poet Jack Kerouac, City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio Cafe, and Bimbo's 365 Club.The street's original name was Montgomery Avenue, and was built in the 1870s. It was renamed Columbus Avenue in 1909.
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  • June 21, 2017
    This used to be the Italian centerpiece of SF, but now it is becoming a wing of Chinatown for better or worse.  more »
  • April 22, 2017
    Lots of traffic on this through street make this not such a pleasant walk nor a good place to sit outside at a cafe. A bunch of old fashioned Italian restaurants and some clubs. Chinatown is spilling ...  more »
  • March 23, 2017
    One of the Central avenues of the city of San Francisco. The most important thing is a narrow building that is owned by the Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.
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