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Designing San Francisco: Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay

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Princeton Univ Pr, 08/29/2017

A major new urban history of the design and development of postwar San Francisco, revealing the postwar decades when cities took their modern shape amid clashing visions of the future. This richly illustrated book shifts the focus from architects and city planners—those most often hailed in histories of urban development and design—to the unsung artists, activists, and others who played pivotal roles in rebuilding San Francisco between the 1940s and the 1970s. When large-scale redevelopment came to low-rise San Francisco in the 1950s, the resulting rivalries and conflicts sparked the proliferation of alliances among new professionals, including model makers, publicists, photographers, property managers, public-interest lawyers, alternative press writers, and preservationists. Portrays a colorful, pioneering, and contentious San Francisco, where unexpectedly fierce battles were waged over iconic private and public projects like Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gateway, Transamerica Pyramid, setting a new tone compared to previous accounts of midcentury urban renewal.   ...
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