San Francisco

The Persistence of the Past

12:30 p.m. | Thursday, August 24, 2017

Photo courtesy flickr user David Pirmann

The San Francisco we know today is shaped by the decisions of the past and, to a surprising extent, today’s San Francisco land use battles are echoes of those fought in the 1970s and 1980s. An understanding of this background is essential for making sense of the challenges of development in today’s highly charged political environment.  What were the real arguments behind Proposition M, the anti-highrise proposition?  What did “Manhattanization” represent?  What legislation did Richmond Specials, the City of Paris, Fontana Towers and the International Hotel eviction trigger? Why are high-rises no longer an issue? How did ballot box planning become so popular? Come learn about how San Francisco’s past continues to affect its future from someone who was on the front line of many of these important decisions.

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SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
Phone: 415.781.8726


free for SPUR members
$10 for non-members

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