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Left Coast City

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When Art Agnos campaigned for mayor of San Francisco in 1987, he articulated and defended the "left" isms--liberalism, environmentalism, and populism. He won.

Seeing Agnos as a defender of slowgrowth vs. progrowth, the city's progressives had high hopes. But to their disappointment, in the wake of the passage of Proposition M--the most restrictive growth control legislation
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 23rd 1992 by University Press of Kansas (first published January 1st 1992)
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Tara
A perfect example of how small urban politics can be as a field of scholarship.

It's too slim of a book to of much consequence, and what it chooses to study don't add up to much more than a string of limited statistical exercises and case studies.

The first major problem with the book is that it assumes you agree with its underlying premise that pro-growth policy is bad, and slow-growth is good. Yet it spends barely any time giving the reader a reason to agree. It makes a few hand waves towards
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Bree
Oct 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Awesome history of SF local politics, particularly the "war" between the progressives and liberals. Gave me a lot to think about in terms of how city policy is and should be made.
monica
Sep 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
this book is probably only interesting for people that like politics and/or live in san francisco..i thoroughly enjoyed reading this in college
Jason Oringer
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great history of the lefts in San Francisco. Only wish there was a similarly good book for the last 20 years!
Jack
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
A nice overview of San Francisco politics in the 1980s. A bit dated to be sure. But interesting.
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