Lombard Street the crookedest street in the world | San Francisco, California | Not Quite, but yes the most famous. It is renown for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight sharp turns, a one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. Lombard Street starts again at Winthrop Street and finally terminates at The Embarcadero as a collector road.
The switchback’s design, first suggested by property owner Carl Henry and instituted in 1922. Was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill’s natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles to climb. Lombard Street begins at Presidio Boulevard inside The Presidio and runs east through the Cow Hollow neighborhood.
In his film Vertigo (1958), Alfred Hitchcock chose to make 900 Lombard Street the home of John “Scottie” Ferguson. This are one of the attractions close to Lombard Street. Same as Fisherman’s Wharf and the the Cable Cars station. The main attraction of Lombard Street is watching people drive down the crooked, one-block section, or driving down it yourself. On a busy day, a seemingly-endless stream of automobiles and scooters buzz down, their passengers squealing in mock fear at every turn. If you’re on foot, you can walk down (or up) the sidewalks and watch the show.
The best place to photograph Lombard Street is from the bottom, looking up. Also if you look at the crossing streets you will get great panoramic views of Alcatraz Island and Embarcadero. CM