Foran, John: Fair Housing law in the early 60's
Foran: One of the biggest issues of the time was the Fair Housing law. And, of course, we had marches. I participated in the marches, as did most of the other elected officials. Of course, that was a change from what the more conservative part of the city was like. Even the Irish were very conservative in those days, particularly building and construction trade. But actually, that, I think, was the biggest change in San Francisco, its attitude in politics. Literally, there were marches down Market Street that I participated in, others participated in, and I believe George Moscone, Leo McCarthy, all of them. And it was, of course, highly controversial because the more conservative part of the city did not want to have open housing. I thought their hot property values would decline. It was very, very bitter and so it was the taking the position in favor of fair housing was a very controversial position to take and a very risky position to take.
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