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Seismic City

An Environmental History of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake

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Seismic City by Joanna L Dyl
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On April 18, 1906, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the San Francisco region, igniting fires that burned half the city. The disaster in all its elements - earthquake, fires, and recovery - profoundly disrupted the urban order and challenged San Francisco's perceived permanence. The crisis temporarily broke down spatial divisions of class and race and highlighted the contested terrain of urban nature in an era of widespread class conflict, simmering ethnic tensions, and controversial reform efforts. From a proposal to expel Chinatown from the city center to a vision of San Francisco paved with concrete in the name of sanitation, the process of reconstruction involved reenvisioning the places of both people and nature. In their zeal to restore their city, San Franciscans downplayed the role of the earthquake and persisted in choosing patterns of development that exacerbated risk. In this close study of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Joanna L. Dyl examines the decades leading up to the catastrophic event and the city's recovery from it. Combining urban environmental history and disaster studies, Seismic City demonstrates how the crisis and subsequent rebuilding reflect the dynamic interplay of natural and human influences that have shaped San Francisco.

Author Biography

Joanna L. Dyl is visiting assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Redlands.
Release date NZ
October 4th, 2017
Author
Contributors
Foreword by Paul S. Sutter Series edited by Paul S. Sutter
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
1 map, 41 b&w illus.
Imprint
University of Washington Press
Pages
376
ISBN-13
9780295742465
Product ID
26796824

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