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South Street’s aging hippies and punks celebrate a half-century on their iconic street | Mike Newall

October 5, 2018

By Staff

The memories come in fragments. What else would you expect from the last bohemians of South Street?

The $25-a-month rents. ($96 for a three-story building.) The Thanksgiving potlucks that lasted three days, where every other person came through the door with a turkey. The parades where handmade signs encouraged neighbors to “bestoon, bedeck and bedraggle” themselves through South Street’s “alleyways, byways and thighways.”

A flyer for the 1972 “Ides of October” South Street Feste, on display in an exhibit of the South Street Renaissance, upstairs in the Eye’s Gallery in the 400 block of South Street. The bohemians and hippies of the South Street Renaissance will soon be celebrating a 50 year reunion.

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