Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781935195283 Published August 2011

A Negotiated Landscape

The Transformation of San Francisco’s Waterfront since 1950

Jasper Rubin

Jasper Rubin

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

304 pages | 69 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781935195283 Published August 2011

A Negotiated Landscape examines the transformation of San Francisco’s iconic waterfront from the eve of its decline in 1950 to the turn of the millennium. What was once a major shipping port is now best known for leisure and entertainment.

To understand this landscape Jasper Rubin not only explores the built environment but also the major forces that have been at work in its redevelopment. While factors such as new transportation technology and economic restructuring have been essential to the process and character of the waterfront’s transformation, the impact of local, grassroots efforts by planners, activists, and boosters have been equally critical.
While centered on San Francisco, A Negotiated Landscape illuminates the processes by which many American cities have negotiated the demands of public and private interests.
San Francisco Chronicle

“The best thing about Jasper Rubin's new book on San Francisco's waterfront is that it opens a window onto landscapes that do not exist. . . . The fascination lies in the details that Rubin lays out with readable precision. Scheme after scheme was unfurled. Plan after plan was conceived. Yet the arc from busy port to scenic promenade was shaped by happenstance as much as anything else.”—San Francisco Chronicle

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