Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture

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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, ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872863354
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 355
  • Sales rank: 1,142,774
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Urban historian, founder of the magazine Processsed World, and creator of the acclaimed CD-ROM Shaping San Francisco. He was a contributing editor of Bad Attitude: Processed World Anthology (Verso), Reclaiming San Francisco (City Lights Books), and Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration(AK Press).
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Table of Contents

Preface
An Appetite for the City 1
Going Public: The San Francisco Civic Center 21
Weeds: A Talk at the Library 35
About that Blood in the Scuppers 51
The Progress Club: 1934 and Class Memory 67
The Silver Legacy: San Francisco and the Comstock Lode 89
Pecuniary Emulation: The Role of Tycoons in Imperial City-Building 101
Suicide in the City 115
Remarks on the Poetic Transformation of San Francisco 123
You are Here (You Think): A San Francisco Bus Tour 137
Location: San Francisco 151
Another View of Chinatown: Yun Gee and the Chinese Revolutionary Artists' Club 163
Black Consciousness in the Art of Sargent Johnson 183
The Beat Generation and San Francisco's Culture of Dissent 199
Riffs on Mission District Raza Writers 217
Street Subversion: The Political Geography of Murals and Graffiti 231
The Miracle Mile: South of Market and Gay Male Leather 1962-1997 247
From Manila Bay to Daly City: Filipinos in San Francisco 273
Tenant Power in San Francisco 287
The Tenderloin: What Makes a Neighborhood 301
Call Any Vegetable: The Politics of Food in San Francisco 317
Seeing the Trees through the Forest: Oaks and History in the Presidio 333
About the Contributors 353
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