With the number of streets around the world, it is not surprising that the most winding of all is capable of capturing our attention. You have probably already seen it in more than one photograph, since it is in a city as tourist as San Francisco, where by the way are the steepest streets on the planet.
A crazy idea that will soon be 100 years old
Lombard Street it is unique and incomparable. It starts in El Presidio and ends in the Embarcadero neighborhood, although the most popular area is the one that goes from Russian Hill to Hyde Street.
Carl Henry, disgusted by the 27º slope it presented, he got down to work and ordered its creation in 1922, making it possible for pedestrians and cars to pass, the latter being the most dizzy after completing the tour.
The 400 meters difference between the highest and lowest points make climbing on foot a challenge. And don't think that traveling by car is easy either, which is why in 1999 they created a commission that prohibited permanently cutting off traffic to the steepest part. Summer parking was also banned and fines began to rise.
The eight curves that Lombard Street draws are surrounded by bushes and flowers, so we can not say that it is a lifeless street. In addition, it has become one of the main tourist attractions of the city, a place that has given rise to the recording of the odd scene in Hollywood, such as the case of the film "Vertigo" by Alfred Hitchcock. In it, the protagonist had his house at number 900.
Not suitable for Fittipaldis
In case you plan to rent a car and move around Lombard Street, tell yourself that you can not go to more than 10 km / h. It is a logical measure considering that you cannot go much further, especially if you have a long vehicle with which it is difficult to maneuver.
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