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July 2016
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A Negotiated Landscape
The Transformation of San Francisco’s Waterfront since 1950, Second Edition
Rubin, Jasper
A Negotiated Landscape examines the transformation of San Francisco’s iconic waterfront from the eve of its decline in 1950 to the turn of the millennium.

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Jasper Rubin is associate professor of urban studies and planning at San Francisco State University.
“Jasper Rubin provides a detailed, well-researched, and engaging narrative and an important explanation for the transformation of a key American waterfront. For those interested in the historical evolution of urban planning vis-à-vis port cities, Rubin has done much to illuminate the many people and processes that shaped San Francisco’s waterfront landscape.” —Planning Perspectives

“Jasper Rubin not only provides the details of the many visions for the waterfront and the disagreements that led to San Francisco’s current planning process, but he also points to trends in planning that have been influential in many other cities.” —Social and Cultural Geography

“A fine addition to scholarship on the political economy of urban land use and development.”—Urban Geography

"Informative both in the details of local plans and processes, and in providing the big picture of the development of a city that is considered to be one of the most attractive across the globe. This trajectory tends to expose a high risk to the natural environment and to the social coherence of the city, thus creating a tension that makes the book an informative read. Rubin's excellent work is cautious in its judgments and does not overlook the signs of hope evolving from current planning processes."—Local Environment

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A Negotiated Landscape examines the transformation of San Francisco’s iconic waterfront from the eve of its decline in 1950 to the turn of the millennium. What was once a major shipping port is now best known for leisure and entertainment.

To understand this landscape Jasper Rubin not only explores the built environment but also the major forces that have been at work in its redevelopment. While factors such as new transportation technology and economic restructuring have been essential to the process and character of the waterfront’s transformation, the impact of local, grassroots efforts by planners, activists, and boosters have been equally critical.

The first edition of A Negotiated Landscape won the 2012 prize for best book in planning history from the International Planning History Society. Much has changed in the five years since that edition was published. For this second edition Rubin provides a new concluding chapter that updates the progress of planning on San Francisco’s waterfront and examines debates over the newest visions for its development.

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