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One of the many, many things I love about San Francisco is how it’s proud of its more .. colorful .. elements. Most other cities prefer to hide their strip clubs and adult stores and the like, relegating them to dark, sketchy, seedy neighborhoods.

But not San Francisco. You can find strip clubs and adult bookstores within meters of respectable establishments. The shops in this picture, for example, are right on the corner of Broadway and Columbus — one of the most popular weekend destinations. Within a two-block radius of these strip clubs, you’ll find fine dining, beatnik bookstores, popular discos, the works.

Other cities hide their burlesque elements. San Francisco wears them like a badge of honor.

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