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Inventing the Charles River

ISBN-10: 0262083078

ISBN-13: 9780262083072

Edition: 2002

Authors: Karl Haglund, Renata Von Tscharner

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The Charles River Basin, extending nine miles upstream from the harbor, has been called Boston's "Central Park." Yet few realize that this apparently natural landscape is a totally fabricated public space. Two hundred years ago the Charles was a tidal river, edged by hundreds of acres of salt marshes and mudflats. Inventing the Charles River describes how, before the creation of the basin could begin, the river first had to be imagined as a single public space. The new esplanades along the river changed the way Bostonians perceived their city; and the basin, with its expansive views of Boston and Cambridge, became an iconic image of the metropolis. The book focuses on the precarious balance between transportation planning and stewardship of the public realm. Long before the esplanades were realized, great swaths of the river were given over to industrial enterprises and transportation -- millponds, bridges, landfills, and a complex network of road and railway bridges. In 1929, Boston's first major highway controversy erupted when a four-lane road was proposed as part of a new esplanade. At twenty-year intervals, three riverfront road disputes followed, successively more complex and disputatious, culminating in the lawsuits over "Scheme Z," the Big Dig's plan for eighteen lanes of highway ramps and bridges over the river. More than three hundred photographs, maps, and drawings illustrate past and future visions for the Charles and document the river's place in Boston's history.
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Book details

List price: $63.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/22/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 10.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 4.796
Language: English

Karl Haglund is project manager for the New Charles River Basin at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Earth Work
The Science of City Building
A Water Park
The Emerald Metropolis
Damming the Basin
The Colleges and the Esplanades
Highways and Park Ways
The Lost Half Mile
The Big Dig
Crossing the Charles
Urban Visions and the Future of the River
Views from the River
About the Charles River Conservancy
Notes
Glossary and Gazetteer
A Chronology of the Charles River Basin
Illustration Credits
Index