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Washington Square

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Updated 01/29/2015

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Once the daytime social heart of Little Italy, this grassy patch has changed character numerous times over the years. The Beats hung out here in the 1950s, hippies camped out in the 1960s and early '70s, and nowadays you're more likely to see kids of Southeast Asian descent tossing a Frisbee than Italian folks reminiscing about the old country. In the morning, elderly Asians perform the motions of tai chi. Then and later you might see homeless people hanging out on the benches, and by midday young locals sunbathing or running their dogs. Lillie Hitchcock Coit, in yet another show of affection for San Francisco's firefighters, donated the statue of two firemen with a child they rescued. The North Beach Festival, the city's oldest street fair, celebrates the area's Italian culture here each June.

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Bordered by Columbus Ave. and Stockton, Filbert, and Union Sts., San Francisco, California, 94133, United States

Updated 01/29/2015


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