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Richard E. DeLeon

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Chapter 13: San Francisco: Postmaterialist Populism in a Global City

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San Francisco: Postmaterialist Populism in a Global City
San Francisco: Postmaterialist populism in a global city
Richard E.DeLeon

SAN FRANCISCO's FORMAL governmental structures scarcely have changed over the last half century; over the last two decades, nearly everything else has been a blur of transformation. Global and national forces have altered radically the city's population and have restructured its economic base. Unrestricted highrise development has “Manhattanized” the city's skyline and has expanded its central business district both up and out. The rapid competitive growth of nearby cities has diminished San Francisco's stature and clout in the region's economy. The federal government has withdrawn its visible hand of support and its concern for urban problems, while at the same time “tax reform” through Proposition 13 has whittled away ...

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