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.
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The central objection to the Cow Palace was well expressed by a former Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) president, who stated, “The trouble with the Cow Palace is . . ”9 Forces were beginning to line up behind South of Market redevelopment, and the convention industry moved to ensure that the project would include a convention center with the large, modern exhibit space and ample meeting facilities that could increase the city’s convention business and situate it downtown. The Redevelopment Agency had in hand the project that was to break through the traditional development barrier and move the ﬁnancial district across Market Street.
It was a graphic demonstration that the men around the man who is San Francisco’s ﬁrst labor mayor in a half century . . ” The outcome of this joint downtown-labor push was a victory for Alioto, who received 106,000 votes to Dobbs’s 90,000 and Morrison’s 40,000. 31 An ILWU Local 10 ofﬁcial was appointed to Alioto’s cabinet. ILWU International president Harry Bridges was appointed to the San Francisco Port Commission. Hector Rueda of the Elevator Construction Workers Union was appointed to the Planning Commission.
Not only did it remove from the down- *The CVB, which now receives more than $7 million annually in City tax subsidies, places its calendar and the long-range edition of its annual schedule (listing dates of upcoming conventions for many years into the future) on ﬁle at the San Francisco Public Library, under the condition that it may be viewed only behind the reference desk and may not be copied. †A 1987 Examiner feature about then-Supervisor Doris Ward noted, “A few years ago, when she learned that the City’s Convention & Visitors Bureau had no minority members on its board, Ward walked into then–chief administrative ofﬁcer Roger Boas’s ofﬁce and said, ‘The Bureau gets millions from the City’s Hotel Tax Fund and there’s not one minority member on its board.
City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco, Revised and Updated Edition by Chester Hartman;