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(Left) Lower Pacific Heights / Fillmore Street between Pine & California in 1911.
(Above) The same intersection in 2012.

In 1912, The Fillmore was a controversial place, with a local bar serving alcohol and playing host to musicians until 6 in the morning. Drunken men and women would be seen coming out of “Auditorium,” offending neighborhood residents. The bar depended upon all-night dances with young women as bait to keep its business alive. The people in the district protested the renewal of their liquor license, as this was deemed unacceptable, even at the time.


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