As many as 100,000 young people from around the world flocked to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the summer of 1967, including nearby Berkeley and other neighboring San Francisco Bay Area cities, to join in the ultimate hippie experience. In Golden Gate Park one could obtain free food, drugs and love. A free medical clinic was established and a free store gave away basic necessities to anyone who needed them.
The allure of joining a cultural utopia during the Summer of Love attracted a wide range of people of various ages including teenagers and college students, middle-class vacationers and even the
free-spirited military personnel from nearby military bases.
The Haight-Ashbury district, however, could not accommodate this rapid influx of people, and the neighborhood scene quickly deteriorated. Overcrowding, homelessness, hunger, drug problems, and crime afflicted the neighborhood. Many people simply left in the fall to resume their studies and previous life styles.
Along with the music and artists of the Monterey Pop Festival the songs from groups like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, The Mamas and the Papas, The Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Grateful Dead have become synonymous of the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco and the summer of love, 1967.