SPUR Forum: Unbuilt San Francisco: The View from Futures Past

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The 20th century saw a series of ambitious efforts to reimagine the city of San Francisco, alongside the explosive growth of the region. Unbuilt San Francisco: The View From Futures Past presents some of the most revealing episodes in these two streams of civic discourse through projects that were proposed but never realized. Join us for a celebratory reception as we open our latest exhibition.

Co-presented by the California Historical Society.

Learn more about the Unbuilt San Francisco exhibition >>

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