City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco

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University of California Press, Oct 1, 2002 - History - 501 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

1 THE LARGER FORCES
1
2 SUPERAGENCY AND THE REDEVELOPMENT BOOSTER CLUB
15
3 THE ASSAULT ON SOUTH OF MARKET
44
4 THE NEIGHBORHOOD FIGHTS BACK
56
5 INTO THE COURTS
76
6 THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY FLOUNDERS
103
7 RESOLVING THE CONVENTION CENTER DEADLOCK
134
8 SOUTH OF MARKET CONQUERED
155
Illustrations
212
10 YERBA BUENA GARDENS TODCOS HOUSING AND THE SOUTH OF MARKET NEIGHBORHOOD
213
11 CITY HALL
227
12 HIGHRISES AND THE ANTIHIGHRISE MOVEMENT
289
13 THE HOUSING CRISIS AND THE HOUSING MOVEMENT
325
14 THE LESSONS OF SAN FRANCISCO
392
Notes
403
Index
465

9 MOSCONE CENTER DOINGS
191

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Chester Hartman is President and Executive Director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C. He is author of Between Eminence and Notoriety: Four Decades of Radical Urban Planning (2001), and editor of Challenges to Equality: Poverty and Race in America (2001) and Housing Issues of the 1990s (1989).

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