Wendy Crittenden, lusty lady, 2008.

The Fight for San Francisco

As San Francisco is transformed once again by a tech boom, two photographers focus on forgotten landmarks in the city’s labor history. The ghosts of the past are everywhere. Overhead streetcar wires remind one artist of the bullets that killed striking workers, and the quiet eucalyptus trees of Glen Canyon belie the industrial accidents that occurred there.

Two photographers focus on labor landmarks that are forgotten in a city where workers’ histories are constantly overwritten.




  • Despina Stratigakos
  • Keith Eggener
  • Sandy Isenstadt
  • Aaron Rothman

Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos is a columnist for Places. She is an internationally recognized historian and professor in the architecture department at the University at Buffalo.

Recent Articles

Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

Recent Articles

Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

Recent Articles

Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is the photo editor of Places, and an artist and writer whose work explores contemporary issues in landscape.

Recent Articles