Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture

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James Brook, Chris Carlsson, Nancy J. Peters
City Lights Books, Jan 1, 1998 - History - 355 pages
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Reclaiming San Francisco is an anthology of fresh appraisals of the contrarian spirit of the city-a spirit "resistant to authority or control." The official story of San Francisco is one of progress, development, and growth. But there are other, unofficial, San Francisco stories, often shrouded in myth and in danger of being forgotten, and they are told here: stories of immigrants and minorities, sailors and waterfront workers, and poets, artists, and neighborhood activists-along with the stories of speculators, land-grabbers, and the land itself that need to be told differently.

Contributors include historians, geographers, poets, novelists, artists, art historians, photographers, journalists, citizen activists, an architect, and an anthropologist. Passionate about the city, they want San Francisco to be more itself and less like the city of office towers, chain stores, theme parks, and privatized public services and property that appears to be its immediate fate.

San Francisco is not alone in being transformed according to the dictates of the global economy. But San Franciscans are unusual in their readiness to confront the corporate agenda for their city.

  

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User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

Fantastic 'real' stories of SF - Zinn style from City Lights press, from Gay leather bars, La Raza writers, Suicide in the City, Chinese Revolutionary artists to Oak trees and the history of the Presidio...super eclectic Read full review

Contents

AN APPETITE FOR THE CITY
1
THE SAN FRANCISCO CIVIC CENTER
21
A TALK AT THE LIBRARY
35
ABOUT THAT BLOOD IN THE SCUPPERS
51
1934 AND CLASS MEMORY
67
SAN FRANCISCO
89
THE ROLE OF TYCOONS
101
SUICIDE IN THE CITY
115
YUN GEE AND
163
BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE ART OF SARGENT JOHNSON
183
THE BEAT GENERATION AND SAN FRANCISCOS
199
RIFFS ON MISSION DISTRICT RAZA WRITERS
217
THE POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
231
SOUTH OF MARKET AND GAY MALE
247
TENANT POWER IN SAN FRANCISCO
287
WHAT MAKES A NEIGHBORHOOD
301

REMARKS ON THE POETIC TRANSFORMATION OF SAN FRANCISCO
123
A SAN FRANCISCO BUS TOUR
137
SAN FRANCISCO
153
THE POLITICS OF FOOD
317
About the Contributors
353
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About the author (1998)

Urban historian, founder of the magazine Processsed World, and creator of the acclaimed CD-ROM Shaping San Francisco. He was a contributing editor of Bad Attitude: Processed World Anthology (Verso), Reclaiming San Francisco (City Lights Books), and Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration(AK Press).

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