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The most photogenic crooked street in San Francisco, California, the Lombard Street is a long road found between Embarcadero and the Presidio Park. The twist and turns of the street begins from Presidio Boulevard inside The Presidio and goes east via the Cow Hollow neighborhood near the Russian Hill.

The hill where the street is situated was very steep and very dangerous for most vehicles that in 1922 and 1923, through the suggestion Carl Henry (one of the property owners in the hill), the Lombard Street was transformed into a switchback with eight sharp turns with a 21-degree angle making it known as the world?s crookedest (this has been contested though). Being kept for one-way traffic, cars can only drive downhill, towards east at Leavenworth Street. A speed limit of eight kilometers per hour (8 km/h) was imposed in the crooked section of the street causing heavy traffic jams. The bumper to bumper traffic situation here is a scenic subject for photo enthusiasts. This condition though led to the creation of Crooked Street Task Force to try to solve traffic problems in the neighborhoods.

Measuring at about 400 meters long, the curved section of the street has become a popular attraction. The sight of cars steering down the winding road has become a popular tourist attraction and experiencing the adventure of driving down the path is one of their reasons for visiting the place. Some of the sightseers though prefer leaving their cars at the parking area and take the Powel-Hyde cable car which stops at the top, providing for a splendid view down Lombard Street making the crooked street more picturesque; moreover, they can also see Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz. However, to get a better panorama of the Lombard Street, people can walk down the Leavenworth Street while looking up in the direction of all the cars slowly heading down the Lombard Street.

Because of the scenery, the Lombard Street has been featured in several media. In the movie ?Vertigo? (1958), John ?Scottie? Ferguson lives at 900 Lombard Street. In ?What?s Up Doc??, a comic car chase scene was shot here. Aside from films, the street has been featured in television shows such as the ?Monk?, in the episode "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike", in ?American Dad?, where Steve mentions Lombard Street and even shows a picture of it and in 2010, in an episode of the ?MythBusters?, the street was briefly highlighted. The Lombard Street can also be seen on video games like the ?Midtown Madness 2? (2000) and ?Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas? (2004).
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