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By Chester Hartman;

San Francisco could 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 version of his very popular examine of San Francisco's monetary and political improvement because the mid-1950s, Chester Hartman provides an in depth account of ways town has been reworked via the expansion--outward and upward--of its downtown. His tale is fueled via a variety of gamers and an incredible array of occasions, from police storming the overseas inn to electorate forcing the midair termination of a highway. all through, Hartman increases a troubling query: can San Francisco's specified characteristics continue to exist the adjustments that experience altered the city's skyline, neighborhoods, and economic system? Hartman was once at once thinking about some of the occasions he chronicles and therefore had entry to resources that would in a different way were unavailable. A former activist with the nationwide Housing legislations venture, San Franciscans for reasonable Housing, and different local organisations, he explains how company San Francisco bought the required cooperation of urban and federal governments in project tremendous redevelopment. He illustrates the explanation that produced BART, a subway procedure that serves upper-income suburbs yet few of the city's bad neighborhoods, and cites the environmental results of unrestrained highrise improvement, similar to robust wind tunnels and shortage of light. In describing the fight to maintain housing cheap in San Francisco and the possible intractable challenge of homelessness, Hartman finds the human face of the city's financial transformation.

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And he had no trouble picking up McAteer’s organization and financial support. Alioto had two major problems to overcome in the two months between his announcement and election day: first, as the Examiner put it, “to the man on the street he is probably largely unknown”;27 second, as the candidate of the downtown establishment he needed working-class appeal in a town where labor was extremely powerful and in an election where Jack Morrison, a man who had received labor’s endorsement in his three previous supervisorial races, was running against him.

And he had no trouble picking up McAteer’s organization and financial support. Alioto had two major problems to overcome in the two months between his announcement and election day: first, as the Examiner put it, “to the man on the street he is probably largely unknown”;27 second, as the candidate of the downtown establishment he needed working-class appeal in a town where labor was extremely powerful and in an election where Jack Morrison, a man who had received labor’s endorsement in his three previous supervisorial races, was running against him.

First, since San Francisco inherently is probably the most attractive and popular city in the United States, conventioneers would exert enormous pressure on their organizations to include it in their regular rotation, independent of how modern and centrally located the city’s convention facilities are. Second, statistics and trends on the number of conventions and convention attendees going to the city have in the past fluctuated independently of this variable. And, third, the issue is one on which conclusive, objective evaluation is inherently difficult, as the relevant data were and are controlled by advocates of a new publicly funded convention center: The CVB and its member businesses are the source of virtually all information on convention planning and impacts, and they guard and manipulate this information in their own self-interest.

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