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Reclaiming San Francisco : History, Politics, Culture - James Brook

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, 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.

An Appetite for the Cityp. 1
Going Public: The San Francisco Civic Centerp. 21
Weeds: A Talk at the Libraryp. 35
About that Blood in the Scuppersp. 51
The Progress Club: 1934 and Class Memoryp. 67
The Silver Legacy: San Francisco and the Comstock Lodep. 89
Pecuniary Emulation: The Role of Tycoons in Imperial City-Buildingp. 101
Suicide in the Cityp. 115
Remarks on the Poetic Transformation of San Franciscop. 123
You are Here (You Think): A San Francisco Bus Tourp. 137
Location: San Franciscop. 151
Another View of Chinatown: Yun Gee and the Chinese Revolutionary Artists' Clubp. 163
Black Consciousness in the Art of Sargent Johnsonp. 183
The Beat Generation and San Francisco's Culture of Dissentp. 199
Riffs on Mission District Raza Writersp. 217
Street Subversion: The Political Geography of Murals and Graffitip. 231
The Miracle Mile: South of Market and Gay Male Leather 1962-1997p. 247
From Manila Bay to Daly City: Filipinos in San Franciscop. 273
Tenant Power in San Franciscop. 287
The Tenderloin: What Makes a Neighborhoodp. 301
Call Any Vegetable: The Politics of Food in San Franciscop. 317
Seeing the Trees through the Forest: Oaks and History in the Presidiop. 333
About the Contributorsp. 353
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ISBN: 9780872863354
ISBN-10: 0872863352
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 355
Published: 1st January 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.46