ISBN-10:
0262083078
ISBN-13:
9780262083072
Pub. Date:
11/22/2002
Publisher:
MIT Press
Inventing the Charles River

Inventing the Charles River

by Karl Haglund

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262083072
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/22/2002
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 515
Sales rank: 428,338
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Forewordviii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiv
1Earth Work1
2The Science of City Building28
3A Water Park60
4The Emerald Metropolis116
5Damming the Basin154
6The Colleges and the Esplanades186
7Highways and Park Ways232
8The Lost Half Mile280
9The Big Dig308
10Crossing the Charles322
11Urban Visions and the Future of the River362
12Views from the River374
About the Charles River Conservancy426
Notes429
Glossary and Gazetteer451
A Chronology of the Charles River Basin457
Illustration Credits465
Index481

What People are Saying About This

Charles M. Vest

The Charles River truly was inventing. Befitting its Boston setting, and the great universities that line its banks, it is a confluence of nature, ideas, design, and engineering—not to mention ideals, politics, vision, and intrigue. Karl Haglund, through words and images, lovingly and intelligently tells the story of the ever-evolving, and ever-inspiring Charles.

Jane Holtz Kay

In an era when human incursion into the landscape invites trepidation, Karl Haglund'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.

Endorsement

The Charles River truly was inventing. Befitting its Boston setting, and the great universities that line its banks, it is a confluence of nature, ideas, design, and engineering—not to mention ideals, politics, vision, and intrigue. Karl Haglund, through words and images, lovingly and intelligently tells the story of the ever-evolving, and ever-inspiring Charles.

Charles M. Vest, President, MIT

From the Publisher

The wonderful Charles River is taken as a given, but, as this elegant, illuminating book shows, the Charles is a gift. Karl Haglund honors its 'inventors', our benefactors, by showing, also, 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 the Jews

The Charles River truly was inventing. Befitting its Boston setting, and the great universities that line its banks, it is a confluence of nature, ideas, design, and engineering—not to mention ideals, politics, vision, and intrigue. Karl Haglund, through words and images, lovingly and intelligently tells the story of the ever-evolving, and ever-inspiring Charles.

Charles M. Vest, President, MIT

James Carroll

The wonderful Charles River is taken as a given, but, as this elegant, illuminating book shows, the Charles is a gift. Karl Haglund honors its 'inventors', our benefactors, by showing, also, that their work remains unfinished. Haglund has written an important, beautiful book.

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