Rivers Lost, Rivers Regained: Rethinking City-River Relations

Rivers Lost, Rivers Regained: Rethinking City-River Relations


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Many cities across the globe are rediscovering their rivers. After decades or even centuries of environmental decline and cultural neglect, waterfronts have been vamped up and become focal points of urban life again; hidden and covered streams have been daylighted while restoration projects have returned urban rivers in many places to a supposedly more natural state. This volume traces the complex and winding history of how cities have appropriated, lost, and regained their rivers. But rather than telling a linear story of progress, the chapters of this book highlight the ambivalence of these developments.
            The four sections in Rivers Lost, Rivers Regained discuss how cities have gained control and exerted power over rivers and waterways far upstream and downstream; how rivers and floodplains in cityscapes have been transformed by urbanization and industrialization; how urban rivers have been represented in cultural manifestations, such as novels and songs; and how more recent strategies work to redefine and recreate the place of the river within the urban setting.
            At the nexus between environmental, urban, and water histories, Rivers Lost, Rivers Regained points out how the urban-river relationship can serve as a prime vantage point to analyze fundamental issues of modern environmental attitudes and practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822944591
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 04/26/2017
Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Martin Knoll is professor for the History of European Regions at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
Uwe Lübken is professor of American history at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.
Dieter Schott is professor for Modern History at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Martin Knoll Uwe Lübken Dieter Schott 3

Part I Rivers Controlled: Cities and Their Watersheds

Chapter 1 Rivers, Industrial Cities, and Hinterland Production in Quebec in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Stéphane Castonguay 25

Chapter 2 The Seine as a Parisian River: Its Imprint, Its Ascendancy, and Its Mutual Dependencies in the Eighteenth through the Twentieth Century Sabine Barles 46

Chapter 3 Watershed Democracy or Ecological Hinterland? London and the Thames River Basin, 1857-1989 Vanessa Taylor 63

Part II Urban Rivers Transformed and Lost

Chapter 4 The City Whose Rivers Disappeared: Nantes, 1850-1950 Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud 85

Chapter 5 The New Cuyahoga: Straightening Cleveland's Crooked River David Stradling 107

Chapter 6 A "Slum River": The Unequal Urbanization of Bogotá (Colombia) and the Transformation of the Tunjuelo River in the Twentieth Century Vladimir Sánchez-Calderón 123

Chapter 7 Urbanizing a River in a Bicultural Border Region: Strasbourg and the Upper Rhine on the Way to Water Modernity 1789-1925 Christoph Bernhardt 140

Chapter 8 Path Dependencies Managing the River Elbe and the Requirements of Hamburg's Open Tidal Seaport Dirk Schubert 156

Part III Cultural Dimensions of Urban Rivers

Chapter 9 Rivers as Prisms of Urban Imagining: Eastern Sichuan Work Songs Igor Iwo Chabrowski 177

Chapter 10 The Ganges as an Urban Sink: Urban Waste and River Flow in Colonial India in the Nineteenth Century Awadhendra Sharan 200

Chapter 11 Polluted Thames, Declining City: London as an Ecosystem in Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend Agnes Kneitz 216

Chapter 12 Living on the River over the Year: The Significance of the Neva to Imperial Saint Petersburg Alexei Kraikovski Julia Lajus 235

Part IV Rivers Regained

Chapter 13 "A Ridiculous Failure of Government": The Chicago River in the Age of Ecology Harold L. Platt 255

Chapter 14 Shared Waters, Shared Conceptions? Two Cities on the River Rhine on the Long and Winding Road to Urban Sustain ability Michael Toyka-Seid 273

Chapter 15 Revitaiization of a Tamed River: The Isar in Munich Nico Döring Georg Jochum 288

Chapter 16 Union Is a Raging River, or Remembering Fez as the River Remembers Shelley Hornstein 312

Notes 331

List of Contributors 403

Index 407

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