Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture
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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AN APPETITE FOR THE CITY
THE SAN FRANCISCO CIVIC CENTER
A TALK AT THE LIBRARY
ABOUT THAT BLOOD IN THE SCUPPERS
1934 AND CLASS MEMORY
THE ROLE OF TYCOONS
SUICIDE IN THE CITY
YUN GEE AND
BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE ART OF SARGENT JOHNSON
THE BEAT GENERATION AND SAN FRANCISCOS
RIFFS ON MISSION DISTRICT RAZA WRITERS
THE POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
SOUTH OF MARKET AND GAY MALE
TENANT POWER IN SAN FRANCISCO
WHAT MAKES A NEIGHBORHOOD
REMARKS ON THE POETIC TRANSFORMATION OF SAN FRANCISCO
A SAN FRANCISCO BUS TOUR
THE POLITICS OF FOOD
About the Contributors