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Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle

by: Matthew Klingle

Publisher: Yale (2007)


This book RAWKS! Klingle provides a thorough and very readable account of the physical/geographic/environmental history of Seattle, both before and after white settlers. Topics include the regrades, waterfront infill, the replumbing of the local river systems, the canals and the locks, the establishment of the city parks - all this is wrapped up and contextualized by the social and political history of the city. If you have any trust in Seattle history, READ THIS!