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Old 10-24-2012, 04:09 PM
 
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When did the current trends, vibe and appearance of your city set into place? Like if you had to narrow it down to a certain decade, for example. New York City seems to have become the place it is now in the mid nineties, so for about the past 15-20 years. Somewhere like Cleveland or Buffalo probably has changed little in the past 40 though I could be wrong and somewhere like Charlotte or Atlanta was probably a different place even in the early 2000s.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:48 PM
 
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Interesting question. I'd say the template for San Francisco was largely set in the latter 1970's and things have just evolved from there. I think of a large gay population, of gentrification becoming a greater concern than urban decline, arguments over smart growth (different terms then, same idea) vs. neighborhood and historic preservation, of strongly contested politics over district by district elections for County Supervisor, a burgeoning food culture. a city of many single people.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Your title is blowing my mind.

Is this a trick question?
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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Interesting question. I'd say the template for San Francisco was largely set in the latter 1970's and things have just evolved from there. I think of a large gay population, of gentrification becoming a greater concern than urban decline, arguments over smart growth (different terms then, same idea) vs. neighborhood and historic preservation, of strongly contested politics over district by district elections for County Supervisor, a burgeoning food culture. a city of many single people.
Maybe the shooting of Harvey Milk was the beginning of modern day San Francisco?
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:41 PM
 
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I wouldn't want to pin it down to one event, because a lot happened right around then (like the Jonestown mass suicide, led by a San Francisco minister). But the Milk/Moscone killings were certainly part of the era where the modern pattern formed. There are many interpretations of those shootings--one is that the shooter, former County Supervisor Dan White, represented an older, more Catholic "White ethnic" San Francisco that was being supplanted by a city of gays, liberals, leftists etc. After Millk was killed there has always been at least one gay member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The title of this thread isn't so strange. I've got a book called "How Newark Became Newark."

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Old 10-24-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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When did the current trends, vibe and appearance of your city set into place? Like if you had to narrow it down to a certain decade, for example. New York City seems to have become the place it is now in the mid nineties, so for about the past 15-20 years. Somewhere like Cleveland or Buffalo probably has changed little in the past 40 though I could be wrong and somewhere like Charlotte or Atlanta was probably a different place even in the early 2000s.
When did my city become the city it is today?

Today.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:24 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Raleigh became the city it is today.....unless you ask me a week from now and then I'll tell you that it was 7 days from now.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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For Baltimore, it was the mid 80's im guessing.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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This question is too good to let it go quite so fast. As a former New Yorker, I'd say that New York's current pattern was set in the 1980's. The city government came out of its fiscal crisis, with much reduced public services. Mayor Ed Koch was initially elected as a liberal, but pivoted to become a champion of gentrification. Wall Street, with the early phases of deregulation, started its rise to become the single dominant industry, which it hadn't been before. I believe it was in the 80's that there was a multi-billion rehabilitation project for the subways, though I'd have to check that one.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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This morning.
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