By Chester Hartman;
San Francisco is likely to be the main exhilarating of all American cities--its attractiveness, cultural and political avant-gardism, and background are mythical, whereas its idiosyncrasies make front-page information. during this revised variation of his very popular research of San Francisco's monetary and political improvement because the mid-1950s, Chester Hartman provides an in depth account of the way town has been remodeled via the expansion--outward and upward--of its downtown. His tale is fueled through quite a lot of avid gamers and an astounding array of occasions, from police storming the foreign inn to voters forcing the midair termination of a highway. all through, Hartman increases a troubling query: can San Francisco's special traits live on the adjustments that experience altered the city's skyline, neighborhoods, and economic system? Hartman was once at once eager about some of the occasions he chronicles and hence had entry to resources that will in a different way were unavailable. A former activist with the nationwide Housing legislations venture, San Franciscans for cheap Housing, and different local enterprises, he explains how company San Francisco acquired the required cooperation of urban and federal governments in venture mammoth redevelopment. He illustrates the explanation that produced BART, a subway procedure that serves upper-income suburbs yet few of the city's terrible neighborhoods, and cites the environmental results of unrestrained highrise improvement, similar to strong wind tunnels and shortage of light. In describing the fight to maintain housing cheap in San Francisco and the doubtless intractable challenge of homelessness, Hartman finds the human face of the city's financial transformation.