For fourteen million tourists each year, San Diego is the fun place in the sun that never breaks your heart. But America's eighth-largest city has a dark side. Behind Sea World, the zoo, the Gaslamp District, and the beaches of La Jolla hides a militarized metropolis, boasting the West Coast's most stratified economy and a tumultuous history of municipal corruption, virulent antiunionism, political repression, and racial injustice. Though its boosters tirelessly propagate an image of a carefree beach town, the real San Diego shares dreams and nightmares with its violent twin, Tijuana.
This alternative civic history deconstructs the mythology of America's finest city. Acclaimed urban theorist Mike Davis documents the secret history of the domineering elites who have turned a weak city government into a powerful machine for private wealth. Jim Miller tells the story from the other side: chronicling the history of protest in San Diego from the Wobblies to today's globalphobics. Kelly Mayhew, meanwhile, presents the voice of paradise's forgotten working people and new immigrants. The texts are vividly enhanced by Fred Lonidier's photographs.
- ISBN-13: 9781565849808
- ISBN-10: 1565849809
- Publisher: New Press
- Publish Date: May 2005
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.24 x 1.23 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.52 pounds
- Page Count: 418