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.Put Maiden Lane into our San Francisco route maker website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Prior 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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Maiden Lane Reviews
Avevamo letto di questa zona in cui si trova una delle strade più antiche di San Francisco, caratteristica soprattutto per locali e negozi. Un passaggio Ok e tutto sommato è piacevole fare un gior… ma... more »We had read about this area where one of the oldest streets in San Francisco, especially characteristic for bars and shops. A ride Ok and all in all is pleasant to have a day ... but we weren't impressed. best other points and zones.
This is a classic section of town, and you must go there at least once. I always find the strolling through the area to be most fun, and the stores are The Best! more »
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