By the 1920s, this Barbary Coast area had been cleaned up and an artists' community had blossomed beyond Montgomery Street. The Beat poet Kenneth Rexroth moved to the area in the late 1920s and he remembered it as “a tiny enclave in Italian North Beach in those days: a cooperative gallery that soon failed; a speak-easy;…a restaurant, the Casa Beguine; the Montgomery Block; a row of studios in the next block on Montgomery Street; and a few shacks scattered among the dirt roads and goats on Telegraph Hill.”
Frida liked this area with its seedy history, its artists' colony, and ethnic neighborhoods. Her favorite haunt was Chinatown.
© Celia S. Stahr 2014
 Herbert Asbury, The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1933), 101.
 Kenneth Rexroth, An Autobiographical Novel, (New York: Doubleday & Company, 1966), 365.