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San Francisco: A Natural History (Images of America) Paperback – May 30, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738529877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738529875
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collected by San Francisco historians Greg Gaar and Ryder W. Miller, these vintage photographs show a San Francisco that no longer exists. But in addition to an untouched natural landscape, readers will also see how nature adapted over time to coexist with a crowded modern city. It is a poignant and engrossing story that holds more relevance than ever as cities around the world attempt to reconcile their place in the natural order.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Smith on May 23, 2008
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Reading this book was like pulling a well-loved but worn teddy out of the chest. I recalled hiking the city's hills, creeks and dunes in the fifties, flying kites up on Bernal Heights and sliding down Twin Peaks on cardboard. ...and thought about what's been lost. If that was the sum, it would be an interesting read.

Gaar and Miller took it beyond a catalog of losses to present successes and achievable steps for preservation and restoration. The city has taken a beating, being filled, leveled, dredged, paved and infested with non-native species--thanks to our own manifest destiny. San Francisco: A Natural History makes a strong case for embracing what was ours while sharing our city's natural landscape, past and present, in word and image.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Sherrer on October 19, 2013
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Seriously, this girdler, killer and torturer of our SF trees is being sharing his philosphy??

Some one go back and look at what he and his cohorts have done to Tank Hill - it's a bare knob, the beauty has been improved right out of it - no more sweet trees. No place for birds or bugs. Or people. Or plants.

The eugenics program promoted by the nazis lives - and is being promoted by SFR+P, and sadly, by teachers who have been trained at SFSU and CCSF. And by Greg Gaar.
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