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Upper Grant Avenue, San Francisco

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Grant Avenue in San Francisco, California is one of the oldest streets in the city's Chinatown district. It runs in a north-south direction starting at Market Street in the heart of downtown and dead-ending past Francisco Street in the North Beach district. It resumes at North Point Street and stretches one block to The Embarcadero and the foot of Pier 39.Grant Avenue is primarily a one-way street; automobile traffic can only travel northbound. In 2012, however, the two blocks of Grant Avenue between Sutter Street and Geary Boulevard were converted to two way traffic in order to ease southbound traffic congestion during the multi-year closure of Stockton Street, part of the construction plan for the Central Subway.HistoryWhen California came under the control of the United States following the Mexican-American War, the street now called Grant was named Dupont Street, in honor of a Naval admiral from the USS Portsmouth (Portsmouth Square, located one block east, was named after that ship). In the following years, Dupont Street became the location for various opium dens, brothels, and Tong wars.
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  • I like to explore the art galleries and shops iin the Upper Grant Avenue area of San Francisco. This is where Chinatown is. It is close to North Beach.  more »
  • Upper Grant Avenue has shops and places to have a bite to eat or coffee. It often seems like an extension of Chinatown, such is the fate of much of North Beach. Close your eyes and try to imagine...  more »

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