The New York neighborhood that powers America's capitalist engine is also one of the city's oldest, a place where you can discover many layers of urban history, if you know where to look. In this excerpt from his new book Magnetic City, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Justin Davidson leads a walking tour through the storied enclave.
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The Unlikely Renaissance of San Francisco's Hayes Valley
The neighborhood near City Hall was blighted for years, thanks to an ill-considered double-decker freeway. When the overpass came down, the area sprang to life. But given San Franciso's runaway development, can it stay as nice as it is right now?