Jack Kerouac Alley, San Francisco

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Jack Kerouac Alley, formerly Adler Alley or Adler Place, is a one-way alleyway in Chinatown, San Francisco, California, that connects Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue. The alley is named after Jack Kerouac, a Beat Generation writer who used to frequent the pub and bookstore adjacent to the alley.
The alley had commonly been used for garbage dumping and a shortcut for trucks before poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is the co-founder of City Lights Bookstore, presented his idea in 1988 to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to transform the alleyway. The project involved repaving the alley, making it a pedestrian walkway, and installing new street lights. The new look alley was reopened to the public in March 2007 and a ceremony was held in April 2007 to celebrate the reopening. The alley is now known for its engraved Western and Chinese writing, including by such writers as John Steinbeck, Maya Angelou, Ferlinghetti, and Kerouac himself.
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  • Finally I can review this small but important street in San Francisco dedication on January 25, 1988 near the historical bookstore City Lights Books founded by the now incredible Centennial Lawrence Ferlinghetti born in March of 1919 and meeting place for them and many other poets and writers of the Beat Generation. An era that marked the history of literature.... For open mind connoisseurs. Great!
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  • One of the many nice alleys in SF with interesting art murals. This one has historical significance as well. It was named after Jack Kerouac, a Beat Generation writer who used to frequent the pub and ...  more »
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