Governing a city of unicorns: technology capital and the urban politics of San Francisco

  title={Governing a city of unicorns: technology capital and the urban politics of San Francisco},
  author={Donald McNeill},
  journal={Urban Geography},
  pages={494 - 513}
  • D. McNeill
  • Published 17 February 2016
  • History, Economics
  • Urban Geography
San Francisco is now widely considered to be the most important city in the world for the location of new technology start-up firms, especially high valuation “unicorns,” and is increasingly seen as both a locational and metaphorical extension of Silicon Valley. In this paper, I trace some of the political strategies and tensions that have accompanied the city’s prominence in this area, and in particular the distinctive role of technology and venture capital in the political economy of urban… 
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