- Jack Kerouac Alley
Jack Kerouac Alley (formerly Adler Alley or Adler PlaceNolte, Carl. (March 30, 2007). [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/30/BAG4NOUONC1.DTL&feed=rss.bayarea "Kerouac Alley has face-lift"] , "
San Francisco Chronicle". Retrieved on November 18, 2007.] ) is a one-way alleyway in Chinatown, San Francisco, California, that connects Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue. [ [http://maps.google.com/maps?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=Jack+Kerouac+Alley,+san+francisco,+california&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl The location of Jack Kerouac Alley in San Francisco] , Google Maps.] [ [http://www.gosleepgo.com/guide/us/ca/san-francisco/jack-kerouac-alley Jack Kerouac Alley] , GoSleepGo.com] The alley is named after Jack Kerouac, a Beat Generationwriter who used to hang around the alley.
The alley was a commonplace for garbage dumping and a shortcut for trucks. In 1988, poet
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is the co-founder of City Lights Bookstore, presented his idea to the San Francisco Board of Supervisorsto transform the alleyway. The project involves repaving the alley, banning motor vehicles from entering, and installing new street lights. The new look alley was reopened to the public in March 2007. The alley is now known for its engraved Western and Chinese poems, including poets such as John Steinbeck, Maya Angelou, and Kerouac himself. A ceremony was held in April 2007 to celebrate the reopening of the alley.(April 1, 2007). [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/04/01/BAGQAOVMGV1.DTL&hw=Jack+Kerouac+Alley&sn=002&sc=915 "Kerouac Alley is restored with cheer"] , " San Francisco Chronicle". Retrieved on November 18, 2007.]
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