Originally, this part of Lombard street in the heart of San Francisco used to be a regular, straight street. It was covered with cobblestones. Unfortunately, it was too steep for the cars of the old days to climb, since it had a steepness of 27 degrees. To solve this dilemma, one of the residents of the hill suggested to turn the straight street into a one-way crooked street.
This way, the little street at the top of the Russian Hill of San Francisco turned slowly into a world-famous crooked street. Every day, you can see delighted and fascinated tourists going up and down the street all day since it was constructed in 1922.
Lombard Street being turned into a construction site in 1922
Being located between Hyde and Leavenworth streets, this street today also poses quite some discomfort for the local residents and authorities. Every day in the summer months, it is estimated that around 6,000 people would visit the street, since there is a beautiful view on the city from the winding curves of the street as it descends. Due to heavy traffic some wanted to require a reservation or permission to go down the winding street, some wanted to introduce a toll and some also wanted to add park-controlling officers that should ask visitors to rather take the cable car or go down the street by foot.