The 1970s San Francisco was hippies, adventure, flamboyant, and aliveness. It was a decade full of social changes and cultural shifts as you can see in these flamboyant photos. The city was heavily affected by drugs, prostitution, radicals, and crime. Many skyscrapers and famous landmarks were built in the city during this period. The city is also associated with West Coast jazz and was one of the major centers of jazz fusion which took off in the 1970s.
Here below is a collection of fascinating vintage photos that offer a glimpse into the street life of San Francisco. Photographer Nick DeWolf captured these photos in August of 1971.