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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 1958, Jane Jacobs described the street:TodayToday, the street is a pedestrian mall lined with boutiques. The pedestrian mall stretches two blocks, between Kearny and Stockton Streets. The street is blocked from traffic from 11 am until 5 pm by wrought iron gates, reopening in the evening to traffic. The most notable building on the street is the V. C. Morris Gift Shop, which is a San Francisco Designated Landmark. The building is the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed space in the city.
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  • High end labels that are really made in the Orient. Conspicuous consumption at its worst and so not Frisco 
  • 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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  • We visited this spot as part of a Hitchcock tour (yes, this area was filmed in one of his movies. It was also known as the "red light district" many years ago with more than 1200 prostitutes walking t...  more »
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  • A nice little slice of streets in the center of San Francisco. Quasi European, it offers a good break from the hustle and bustle to sit around on the pedestrian only streets and take in the day.