Nature's Entrepot: Philadelphia's Urban Sphere and Its Environmental Thresholds

Nature's Entrepot: Philadelphia's Urban Sphere and Its Environmental Thresholds


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822944171
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brian C. Black is professor of history and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona. He is the author of several previous books, including Petrolia: The Landscape of America’s First Oil Boom and Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History.
Michael J. Chiarappa is associate professor of history at Quinnipiac University. He is coauthor of Fish for All: An Oral History of Multiple Claims of Divided Sentiment on Lake Michigan.

Table of Contents

Introduction Brian C. Black 1

Part I Ideal and Reality in the Early City

1 William Penn's Philadelphia: The Land and the Plan Craig Zabel 17

2 "Pro Bono Publico": Ecology, History, and the Creation of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park System Elizabeth Milroy 35

3 The Rise and Fall of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793-1805 Thomas Apel 55

Part II Locating Patterns of Industry and Commerce in the Expanding City

4 Bone Boilers: Nineteenth-Century Green Businessmen? Donna J. Rilling 75

5 "Publick Service" versus "Mans Properties": Dock Creek and the Origin of Urban Technology in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia Michal McMahon 91

6 Industrial Suburbs: Environmental Liabilities or Assets? Carolyn T. Adams 117

Part III Landscape Transformation in the Growing City

7 The Grid versus Nature: The History and Legacy of Topographical Change in Philadelphia Adam Levine 139

8 Fed by the Adjoining Waters: The Delaware Estuary's Marine Resources and the Shaping of Philadelphia's Metropolitan Orbit Michael J. Chiarappa 160

9 Metropolitan Philadelphia: Sprawl, Shrinkage, and Sustainability Robert J. Mason 187

Part IV Confronting the Ecologies of the Modern City

10 Restoring Mill Creek: Landscape, Literacy, Environmental History, and City Planning and Design Anne Whiston Spirn 207

11 Saving Ourselves by Acting Locally: The Historical Progression of Grassroots Environmental Justice Activism in the Philadelphia Area, 1981-2001 Diane Sicotte 231

12 Planning the Food-Secure City: Philadelphia's Agriculture, Retrospect and Prospect Domenic Vitiello 250

13 Wolves in the Wissahickon: Deer, Humans, and the Problem of Ecology in an Urban Park Ann Norton Greene 267

Notes 293

Contributors 355

Index 359

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