San Francisco has arisen as an "instant city" not once but three times: after the California Gold Rush (18491875), following the 1906 earthquake and fire (19061930), and with the modern high-rise city (19601985). These pivotal periods of intense city building, each about twenty-five years in duration, have been separated by a generation of relative stability. Current redevelopment activity raises an intriguing historical-geographical question: Is a fourth instant city in the making?
Keywords: planning, restructuring, San Francisco, SoMa (South of Market), world city.
Dr. GODFREY is a professor of geography at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0482.
To contact the author: Professor Brian J. Godfrey
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