Fillmore District

5:01pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Birth of the Cool: San Francisco's New Fillmore District

A mural paying homage back to when the Fillmore was known as "The Harlem of the West."
Julie Blaumstein

As the city of San Francisco experiences new waves of growth and expansion, we travel back to another time before redevelopment reshaped the Fillmore District. 

In the 40’s and 50’s the Fillmore was a vibrant mix of cultures, and a national hotspot for jazz musicians. On any given night you could hear the voice of Billie Holiday, or the playing of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Dizzy Gillespie. The lively and diverse neighborhood quickly earned a nickname: The Harlem of the West.   

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