Howard Street in 1937, when Howard was known as "Skid Row," the district of the unemployed. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

Howard Street is a street in SOMA.  Known for having the Moscone Center North and Yerba Buena Gardens.

In the late 30s, Howard Street had a reputation for being the "district of the unemployed," a sort of "Skid Row."  The southern end of Howard Street was renamed South Van Ness Avenue in 1932, probably to avoid the bad reputation that Howard Street had at the time.

The street is named after William Davis Merry Howard, a salior and member of SF's first city council.

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