Hollow City

Hollow City : The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism

By (author) Rebecca Solnit , Photographs by Susan Schwartzenberg

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Reporting from the frontlines of gentrification in San Francisco, Rebecca Solnit and Susan Schwartzenberg sound a warning bell to all urban residents: wealth is just as capable of ravaging cities as poverty.

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 412.78g
  • 28 Oct 2002
  • Verso Books
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1859843638
  • 9781859843635
  • 739,816

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Rebecca Solnit, a resident of San Francisco for twenty years, is a former art critic and and environmental activist and the author of several books, including A Book of Migrations, Savage Dreams and Wanderlust: A History of Walking. Urban archaeologist and artist Susan Schwartzenberg is the author of the critically acclaimed Market Street, a visual study of San Francisco's main artery, as well as photo-essays in several books, including Reclaiming San Francisco.

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"So many people who kept American cities alive and creative through dark decades, when capital abandoned the city, have become victims of capital's recent triumphant return to the city. This beautifully composed and crafted book tells their story. It is a compelling vision of our emerging global culture of displaced persons" - Marshall Berman ""Passionate, potent, and to the point, Solnit's polemic embodies American political and social writing at its best."" - Publishers Weekly "One day we all woke up and San Francisco had become a bohemian entertainment park without bohemians. Those were the golden days of virtual capitalism. Rebecca Solnit and Susan Schwartzenberg help us to understand why this happened. Their book is necessary to understanding our new place in a brand new scary world." - Guillermo Gomez-Pena "Schwartzenberg's images survey more than thirty years of upheaval in the name of 'urban renewal', and Sonit's text brings urgency to the question of whether a place in which h artists, activists, and members of diverse races and classes can no longer afford to live is fated to become a 'city of presentation without creation'" - New Yorker

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