Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle

Emerald City An Environmental History of Seattle 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 sp

  • Title: Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle
  • Author: Matthew Klingle
  • ISBN: 9780300143195
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Baum s The Wizard of Oz, the Emerald City But just as Dorothy, Toto, and their traveling companions discoveAt 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 Baum s The 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 closely at Seattle 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 Seattle 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 ethic of place Using Seattle as a compelling case study, he offers important insights for every city seeking to live in harmony with its natural landscape.

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    1. I approached Emerald City as a sort of Northwest version of William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis. I suppose he’s good, then, at crafting an environmental history of the region, tracing the ways in which the city achieved the shape and environment it possesses today.On the other hand, he seems to ignore the relationship between the city itself and its hinterlands, the relationship between vested business interests, and the effects of Seattle’s environmental situation on ordinary people (o [...]

    2. Matthew Klingle in his book Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle presents the history of Seattle through both the development of the land and the effects of the development on the people and environment. The book presents interesting insight of how changes effect different segments of the population. The early founders of Seattle determined that the development and expansion of the waterfront was the priority with land reclaimed from the ocean along with building on the coast and in [...]

    3. While this book promises to do a lot in the beginning, it is in many ways unable to deliver everything. I guess I should have trusted the subtitle more than the opening line (thought the final sentence remains true for me): “This is a book about a particular place, but it is also about ideas that make and sustain all places. It is also a history with its own history. The ending did not turn out as I expected” (xi).Having just visited Seattle for the first time last month, I was pretty excite [...]

    4. Unfortunately, like a lot of contemporary history books, this one has no organizing principle to tie the whole together, and the multiple stories told are convoluted in their own right.The author seems to want to argue that the environmental sins of the city fathers are wreaking havoc with the modern city, but even in this book one gets the clear impression that things are improving for Seattle overall. For one, Klingle documents the success of the "Metro" sewer system (approved by voters in 195 [...]

    5. If you love Seattle, or just live there, or just imagine it as that faraway place where the mountains are close, and the parks are green, and somehow you can drive a Subaru carefree from office to trailhead, this book will help you see how problematic that vision of the city is. I lived in Seattle for 5 years, always thinking it was some special providence, or enlightened planning that had made a city where (no joke) my neighbours could hem and haw about whether to go downtown for DayGlo revival [...]

    6. I came into this book expecting a lurid tale of how the man utterly destroyed the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Klingle’s actual narrative is much more complex, as issues often tend to be when deeply analyzed. He attempts to tell the history of Seattleites’ changing relationship with nature: as something to be dominated by explorers, improved upon in the progressive era, and finally idealized and worshiped in the last half of the 20th century. The tone is very scholarly and my att [...]

    7. I heard the author interviewed on KUOW this morning. Klingle notes the complexities in environmental policy, and raises some difficult questions.Are salmon raised in captivity wild? Can a wild salmon live in a man-made river? Are modern environmentalists elitists? Is it ethical to create a protected national park by ejecting the people who previously lived there? How about cleaning up pollutants from the creek in an upscale urban neighborhood, and then moving the toxins to a poor, rural area?On [...]

    8. I don't usually give up on books, but I really thought I was going to be into this and it just didn't happen. Maybe I should revisit it another time. Chapter two was just this endless parade of fights over where to put canals and railways in the late 19th century. I think my main problem though, was that Klingle starts the book by calling for a "new ethic of place" and then he spends the whole conclusion also writing about this "new ethic of place" and I have no idea what he is talking about. Wh [...]

    9. The author covers Seattle's environmental history as it relates to social, economic, and racial issues in the City. The writing is engaging and tells the history of Seattle in a fresh way. It shows how seemingly technical or practical decisions are loaded with meaning and influenced by greed and prejudice. He proposes a different approach to environmentalism, to accept that humans have irreversibly modified the land, and recommends that we seek to remedy environmental inequity--not just create i [...]

    10. Emerald City does for Seattle a little of whatNature's Metropolis does for Chicago, highlighting the history of a city with an understanding of its environment. But where Nature's Metropolis focuses its environmental eye on Chicago's rural trading partners, Emerald City focuses instead on the Seattle's less privileged and the hurt they have received as a result of environmental decisions.Klingle's prose is clear, his details interesting and illustrative and his style focused -- this is history, [...]

    11. My son introduced me to this book written from a University of Washington history dissertation but for more of a general audience. I especially liked the chapter Junk-Yard for Human Junk: The Unnatural Ecology of Urban Poverty. After decades of being steeped in the heavy history of the American South of my roots, it is a refreshing change to read some of the history of my adopted city.

    12. The stories of how Seattle was developed and how they trashed the place are really interesting. I didn't always have the patience for his sociological ideas but they don't get in the way of the stories and by the end I found it all pretty interesting.

    13. For the book club. Integrates social and environmental changes and shows the inevitability of unintended consequences. In addition Kemper Freeman's fortune is based on exploitation of Japanese Americans when they were interned.

    14. One of the best geographical biographies of place I've ever read. Reads almost as a textbook, but has a narrative quality that's captivating.

    15. great 150 year history of seattle involving the land ethic and how this city came to be this way. everyone in cascadia should read this.

    16. I'm really looking forward to reading this. Matt is a beautiful writer and a good friend who dates back to junior high days.

    17. Everyone interested in environmental issues should read this book. What is an ethic of place? Why does history matter?

    18. A fascinating look at Seattle's history from a man vs nature perspective. The Seattle we know today is hardly the Seattle that existed 150 years ago.

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