ISSUE 2 / SPRING 2005
Issue 2
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Broken Pretty Things
by Grant Faulkner

Valncia Gardens
by Tom Erikson

Trampling Free Speech
by Nigel French

Valencia Gardens
by Tom Erikson


Almost twenty years ago, young and at a loose end, I took a job conducting market research interviews for the San Francisco Examiner. I got paid for each survey I conducted, and each participant received ten dollars cash. One day on my interview rounds I visited the Valencia Gardens Projects. I’d lived for the past year in the Mission District, three blocks up Valencia Street, but had never crossed the threshold of the low income housing blocks that made up 246 of my neighbor’s homes. I was somewhat uncomfortable, but I had a lurking fascination with the strange prison-like structures that had housed some of the poorest of our city since the spring of 1943, when The Gardens first opened their doors.

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