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Maiden Lane, San Francisco

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Maiden Lane is a pedestrian mall located in San Francisco, California, United States. A former section of the city's red light district, Maiden Lane is now home to high-end boutiques and art galleries. The street also serves as the location of San Francisco's only Frank Lloyd Wright designed building.HistoryPrior to the 1906 earthquake, the street was called Morton Street and was the center of San Francisco's red-light district. Historically, the street reported one murder a week. The earthquake, which leveled much of the city, rendered this two-block stretch rubble, and the brothels were destroyed. It was renamed Maiden Lane by an enterprising jeweler who wanted to conjure the Maiden Lanes of London and New York. In 1955, on the initiative of local merchants, cars were prohibited from the lane during certain times of day, an unusual measure at the time.In 1958, Jane Jacobs described the street, in an essay that was later characterized as a "spirited rebuttal to the antiseptic urban renewal that was gospel at the time": In 1961, the San Francisco Chronicle's columnist Herb Caen praised Maiden Lane as "a busy little block of intriguing shops."
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  • A pedestrian street just off Union Square with some shopping, food and drinks. Being away from traffic is a pleasure.  more »
  • High end labels that are really made in the Orient. Conspicuous consumption at its worst and so not Frisco  more »
  • However, included in the Barbary Trail as part of the route, as evidenced by the sign at the sidewalk. Also prisutstoval in the initial scene of the movie Hitchcock's "the birds". The heroine turns from Union Square on Maiden Lane in the store with the animals.
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