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Emerald City An Environmental History of Seattle

ISBN-10: 0300143192
ISBN-13: 9780300143195
Edition: 2009
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Description: At the foot of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains on the forested shores of Puget Sound, Seattle is set in a location of spectacular natural beauty. Boosters of the city have long capitalized on this splendor, recently likening it to the fairytale  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 1/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

At the foot of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains on the forested shores of Puget Sound, Seattle is set in a location of spectacular natural beauty. Boosters of the city have long capitalized on this splendor, recently likening it to the fairytale capital of L. Frank Baum7;sThe Wizard of Oz, the Emerald City. But just as Dorothy, Toto, and their traveling companions discover a darker reality upon entering the green gates of the imaginary Emerald City, those who look more closely at Seattle7;s landscape will find that it reveals a history marked by environmental degradation and urban inequality. This book explores the role of nature in the development of the city of Seattle from the earliest days of its settlement to the present. Combining environmental history, urban history, and human geography, Matthew Klingle shows how attempts to reshape nature in and around Seattle have often ended not only in ecological disaster but also social inequality. The price of Seattle7;s centuries of growth and progress has been paid by its wildlife, including the famous Pacific salmon, and its poorest residents. Klingle proposes a bold new way of understanding the interdependence between nature and culture, and he argues for what he calls an 0;ethic of place.1; Using Seattle as a compelling case study, he offers important insights for every city seeking to live in harmony with its natural landscape.

Preface
List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Fish that Might Save Seattle
All the Forces of Nature Are on Their Side: The Unraveling of the Mixed World
The Work Which Nature Had Left Undone: Making Private Property on the Waterfront Commons
The Imagination and Creative Energy of the Engineer: Harnessing Nature's Forces to Urban Progress
Out of Harmony with the Wild Beauty of the Natural Woods: Artistry Versus Utility in Seattle's Olmsted Parks
Above the Weary Cares of Life: The Benefits and High Social Price of Outdoor Leisure
Junk-Yard for Human Junk: The Unnatural Ecology of Urban Poverty
Death for a Tired Old River: Ecological Restoration and Environmental Inequity in Postwar Seattle
Masses of Self-Centered People: Salmon and the Limits of Ecotopia in Emerald City
Epilogue: The Geography of Hope: Toward an Ethic of Place and a City of Justice
Notes
Index

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