Inventing the Charles River

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Overview

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 four 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A remarkable and beautiful book outlining the origins of the famed and admiredCharles River." Dennis Lythgoe Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah

"a superb book" The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine

"...[a] fascinating fact-packed and photo-filled book." Boston Metro

"Haglund has fascinating stories to tell... serious students of urban development will be engrossed." H. Nolan ASLA

"Inventing the Charles River is a fascinating account of how a great urban area acquired its current shape." Philip Langdon New Urban News

"Inventing the Charles River makes it hard to think about the Charles in the same way again." Max Page Architecture Boston

"...lavishly illustrated with maps, etchings, lithographs, drawings, paintings, and photographs..." APA

"...[Tells] a sweeping, detailed story of the directed evolution that produced theCharles that Bostonians and tourists cherish today." Civil Engineering

"The book swells with Haglund's excellent research and hundreds of illuminating maps,photographs, and plans." Michael B. Shavelson Bostonia

"Throughly fascinating..." Michael Kenney Boston Globe

"The wonderful Charles River is taken as a given, but, as this elegant, illuminating book shows, the Charles is also a gift. Karl Haglund honors its inventors, our benefactors, by showing as well that their work remains unfinished. Haglund has written an important, beautiful book."—James Carroll, Boston Globe columnist, and author of Constantine's Sword: The Church and theJews

"In an era when human incursion into the landscape invites trepidation, KarlHaglund's thorough and intriguing *Inventing the Charles River* arrives to remind us that heroic construction can, in fact, ameliorate it. Haglund's timely and engaging tale of the transformation of a river replete with 'squalid hovels' and 'inky black' sewage deposits shows how the past can be the portent of a better future."—Jane Holtz Kay, architecture and planning critic, and author of*Lost Boston* and *Asphalt Nation*

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262083072
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 515
  • Sales rank: 545,919
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Earth Work 1
2 The Science of City Building 28
3 A Water Park 60
4 The Emerald Metropolis 116
5 Damming the Basin 154
6 The Colleges and the Esplanades 186
7 Highways and Park Ways 232
8 The Lost Half Mile 280
9 The Big Dig 308
10 Crossing the Charles 322
11 Urban Visions and the Future of the River 362
12 Views from the River 374
About the Charles River Conservancy 426
Notes 429
Glossary and Gazetteer 451
A Chronology of the Charles River Basin 457
Illustration Credits 465
Index 481
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