In the late 1960s, the world saw San Francisco through the eyes of the media. And the media was focused on the demonstrations and large gatherings and scenes from The Haight.
This is good overview, created with a collage of images, of what the world was being presented about San Francisco then:
Drugs are associated with the 1960s. San Franciscans were worried that the character of our City was changing. In 1965, here is a drug that eased people’s pain:
Before the hippies and demonstrations, San Francisco was a place where gentlemen and ladies wore hats in downtown, and you could find parking place on the street. Here is San Francisco in 1960, before we became a media sensation: