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City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco, Revised by Chester Hartman;

By Chester Hartman;

San Francisco might be the main exhilarating of all American cities--its attractiveness, cultural and political avant-gardism, and heritage are mythical, whereas its idiosyncrasies make front-page information. during this revised variation of his extremely popular examine of San Francisco's financial and political improvement because the mid-1950s, Chester Hartman supplies a close account of ways the town has been reworked by way of the expansion--outward and upward--of its downtown. His tale is fueled via a variety of avid gamers and an fabulous array of occasions, from police storming the foreign lodge to electorate forcing the midair termination of a highway. all through, Hartman increases a troubling query: can San Francisco's specific features continue to exist the adjustments that experience altered the city's skyline, neighborhoods, and economic climate? Hartman was once at once considering a few of the occasions he chronicles and hence had entry to resources that may differently were unavailable. A former activist with the nationwide Housing legislations venture, San Franciscans for cheap Housing, and different local businesses, he explains how company San Francisco acquired the mandatory cooperation of urban and federal governments in venture substantial redevelopment. He illustrates the explanation that produced BART, a subway approach that serves upper-income suburbs yet few of the city's terrible neighborhoods, and cites the environmental results of unrestrained highrise improvement, akin to strong wind tunnels and shortage of light. In describing the fight to maintain housing cheap in San Francisco and the probably intractable challenge of homelessness, Hartman unearths the human face of the city's monetary transformation.

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It involved widening Geary Boulevard—the main thoroughfare connecting central San Francisco with the northwestern part of the city, the Richmond District—into an eight-lane highway and surrounding it with new construction. 17 The area now consists of high-rise apartments and condominiums, new office buildings and churches, a Japanese Cultural and Trade Center, and some middle-income housing—all where low-income black and Japanese families once made their homes. Symbolically, the agency’s new fortress-like headquarters building was built on a site adjacent to the new Geary Expressway.

To encourage the City to designate his six blocks eligible for renewal, he even made one of his many charitable donations, this one to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to finance preliminary planning studies. The agency accepted but later returned the donation. According to the agency’s new board chairman, a young, dynamic downtown lawyer named Joseph Alioto, the study’s purpose was “to find the most expeditious way of declaring the area of Mr. ”41 Swig’s claims about the public benefits of his “San Francisco Prosperity Plan” and the justification for using government aids were somewhat weakened by his statement that “This is a straight business proposition.

However . . a rehabilitation and conservation program makes far better sense than the program of massive clearance. . Certain politically important persons consider the clearance program in Yerba Buena as the beginning of the redevelopment of 1100 industrially zoned acres South of Market. With the support and blessings of the [Redevelopment] agency, they are ready to kick industry out of San Francisco. . In addition to the many workers who will lose their jobs, we wonder if the policy makers of this City have thought of the social and economic effect on over 3,000 single persons, a third of them aged, who will be The Redevelopment Booster Club / 33 displaced in the area without realistic provision for relocation.

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