Rubin, Jon: Issues between San Francisco's communities


Jon Rubin


Jon Rubin: When I got into the Moscone campaign the issues that were at hand were all about the tension between what was called downtown east of Twin Peaks – corporate downtown, hotels, etc., Chamber of Commerce – and the developing new communities – whether it was the Black community, Gay community, Hispanic community, Chinese community – all of which found that they were getting squeezed and there were a lot of people coming in as a result of the Haight, people coming back from Vietnam, and everything else that San Francisco was becoming a place that was growing and changing. There was no longer a space for dialogue. And the tension that the young people coming in and the people who were thinking about things like rent-control, affordable housing, neighborhood representation, the need to reassert minority participation, English as a second language, all of those things that were not reflected in the economic development driven political philosophy of the Alioto people and the people who had come before.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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