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Cities of Knowledge by Margaret Pugh O'Mara

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From the Farm to the Valley: Stanford University and the San Francisco Peninsula

THE growth of the Cold War science complex, the emergence of the “multiversity,” and the new public programs using scientific research activity as an economic development tool all had a dramatic effect on the social organization and physical landscapes of the communities surrounding major U.S research universities. Universities themselves functioned as important political actors in the creation of the Cold War research complex and in its use as a force for local economic development. Public policy responded to the examples set by universities and their local allies in government and industry. Federal policy choices profoundly affected the size, shape, and composition ...

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