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City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco

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San Francisco is perhaps the most exhilarating of all American cities--its beauty, cultural and political avant-gardism, and history are legendary, while its idiosyncrasies make front-page news. In this revised edition of his highly regarded study of San Francisco's economic and political development since the mid-1950s, Chester Hartman gives a detailed account of how the city has been transformed by the expansion--outward and upward--of its downtown. His story is fueled by a wide range of players and an astonishing array of events, from police storming the International Hotel to citizens forcing the midair termination of a freeway. Throughout, Hartman raises a troubling question: can San Francisco's unique qualities survive the changes that have altered the city's skyline, neighborhoods, and economy?

Hartman was directly involved in many of the events he chronicles and thus had access to sources that might otherwise have been unavailable. A former activist with the National Housing Law Project, San Franciscans for Affordable Housing, and other neighborhood organizations, he explains how corporate San Francisco obtained the necessary cooperation of city and federal governments in undertaking massive redevelopment. He illustrates the rationale that produced BART, a subway system that serves upper-income suburbs but few of the city's poor neighborhoods, and cites the environmental effects of unrestrained highrise development, such as powerful wind tunnels and lack of sunshine. In describing the struggle to keep housing affordable in San Francisco and the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness, Hartman reveals the human face of the city's economic transformation.

Synopsis:

A revised and updated edition of this classic chronicle of urban development in San Francisco's downtown. City for Sale tells a tale of power, greed, and poor planning in this detailed account of how the city has been transformed by the expansion, outward and upward, of its downtown to the detriment of the elderly and working people of the city.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Larger Forces

2. Superagency and the Redevelopment Booster Club

3. The Assault on South of Market

4. The Neighborhood Fights Back

5. Into the Courts

6. The Redevelopment Agency Flounders

7. Resolving the Convention Center Deadlock

8. South of Market Conquered

9. Moscone Center Doings

10. Yerba Buena Gardens, TODCO's Housing, and the South of Market Neighborhood

11. City Hall

12. High-Rises and the Anti-High-Rise Movement

13. The Housing Crisis and the Housing Movement

14. The Lessons of San Francisco

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520914902
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology - Urban
Edited by:
Chester W. Hartman
Author:
Sarah Carnochan
Author:
Hartman, Chester
Author:
Carnochan, Sarah
Author:
Chester W. Hartman
Author:
Hartman, Chester W.
Subject:
Urban renewal
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
City planning -- California -- San Francisco.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies City Specific
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
History : United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Political Science : General
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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"Synopsis" by , A revised and updated edition of this classic chronicle of urban development in San Francisco's downtown. City for Sale tells a tale of power, greed, and poor planning in this detailed account of how the city has been transformed by the expansion, outward and upward, of its downtown to the detriment of the elderly and working people of the city.
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