Mapping Boston

ISBN-10: 0262611732

ISBN-13: 9780262611732

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Description: To the attentive user even the simplest map can reveal not only where things are but how people perceive and imagine the spaces they occupy. Mapping Bostonis an exemplar of such creative attentiveness--bringing the history of one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities alive through the maps that have depicted it over the centuries. The book includes both historical maps of the city and maps showing the gradual emergence of the New England region from the imaginations of explorers to a form that we would recognize today. Each map is accompanied by a full description and by a short essay offering an insight into its context. The topics of these essays by Anne Mackin include people both familiar and unknown, landmarks, and events that were significant in shaping the landscape or life of the city. A highlight of the book is a series of new maps detailing Boston's growth. The book also contains seven essays that explore the intertwining of maps and history. Urban historian Sam Bass Warner, Jr., starts with a capsule history of Boston. Barbara McCorkle, David Bosse, and David Cobb discuss the making and trading of maps from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Historian Nancy S. Seasholes reviews the city's remarkable topographic history as reflected in maps, and planner Alex Krieger explores the relation between maps and the physical reality of the city as experienced by residents and visitors. In an epilogue, novelist James Carroll ponders the place of Boston in contemporary culture and the interior maps we carry of a city.

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List price: $43.95
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 11.75" wide x 12.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 3.960
Language: English

Alex Krieger is Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a principal of Chan Krieger & Associates.

Amy Turner is a Boston-based architect.

Foreword
Introduction: Revealing a City/Exploring Its Maps
Shaping Boston
A Brief History of Boston
Diagramming the Growth of Boston
Mapping New England: A Region and City Come into Focus
The Mapping of New England before 1800
The Boston Map Trade of the Eighteenth Century
Windows to Our Past: Mapping in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond
The New England Plates
The City of Boston Takes Form and Transforms
Gaining Ground: Boston's Topographical Development in Maps
Experiencing Boston: Encounters with the Places on the Maps
The Boston Plates
Epilogue
Map of Good Hope: Boston in the American Imagination
Appendix
Timeline of Boston's Land Making
A Boston Chronology
A Glossary of Map Terms
For Further Reading
An Index of the Maps Illustrated
About the Contributing Authors
Illustration Credits
Index
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