Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca SolnitInfinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

byRebecca Solnit

Paperback | November 29, 2010

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What makes a place? Infinite City, Rebecca Solnit’s brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, searches out the answer by examining the many layers of meaning in one place, the San Francisco Bay Area. Aided by artists, writers, cartographers, and twenty-two gorgeous color maps, each of which illuminates the city and its surroundings as experienced by different inhabitants, Solnit takes us on a tour that will forever change the way we think about place. She explores the area thematically—connecting, for example, Eadweard Muybridge’s foundation of motion-picture technology with Alfred Hitchcock’s filming of Vertigo. Across an urban grid of just seven by seven miles, she finds seemingly unlimited landmarks and treasures—butterfly habitats, queer sites, murders, World War II shipyards, blues clubs, Zen Buddhist centers. She roams the political terrain, both progressive and conservative, and details the cultural geographies of the Mission District, the culture wars of the Fillmore, the South of Market world being devoured by redevelopment, and much, much more. Breathtakingly original, this atlas of the imagination invites us to search out the layers of San Francisco that carry meaning for us—or to discover our own infinite city, be it Cleveland, Toulouse, or Shanghai.

CONTRIBUTORS:

Cartographers: Ben Pease and Shizue Seigel

Designer: Lia Tjandra

Artists: Sandow Birk, Mona Caron, Jaime Cortez, Hugh D'Andrade, Robert Dawson, Paz de la Calzada, Jim Herrington, Ira Nowinski, Alison Pebworth, Michael Rauner, Gent Sturgeon, Sunaura Taylor

Writers and researchers: Summer Brenner, Adriana Camarena, Chris Carlsson, Lisa Conrad, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Paul La Farge, Genine Lentine, Stella Lochman, Aaron Shurin, Heather Smith, Richard Walker

Additional cartography: Darin Jensen; Robin Grossinger and Ruth Askevold, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Rebecca Solnit is the best-selling author of many books, including River of Shadows, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Paradise Built in Hell, Savage Dreams (UC Press), and Storming the Gates of Paradise (UC Press).
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Title:Infinite City: A San Francisco AtlasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 12 × 7 × 0.58 inPublished:November 29, 2010Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520262506

ISBN - 13:9780520262508

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Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Inexhaustibility of a City

Map 1. The Names before the Names: The Indigenous Bay Area, 1769
“A Map the Size of the Land,” by Lisa Conrad

Map 2. Green Women: The Open Spaces and Some Who Saved Them
“Great Women and Green Spaces,” by Richard Walker

Map 3. Cinema City: Muybridge Inventing Movies, Hitchcock Making Vertigo
“The Eyes of the Gods,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 4. Right Wing of the Dove: The Bay Area as Conservative/Military Brain Trust
“The Sinews of War Are Boundless Money,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 5. Monarchs and Queens: Butterfly Habitats and Queer Public Spaces
“Full Spectrum,” by Aaron Shurin

Map 6. Truth to Power: Race and Justice in the City’s Heart
“The City’s Tangled Heart,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 7. Poison/Palate: The Bay Area in Your Body
“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Gourmet,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 8. Shipyards and Sounds: The Black Bay Area since World War II
“High Tide, Low Ebb,” by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Map 9. Fillmore: Promenading the Boulevard of Gone
“Little Pieces of Many Wars,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 10. Third Street Phantom Coast: A Map by Alison Pebworth

Map 11. Graveyard Shift: The Lost Industrial City of 1960 and the Remnant 6 AM Bars
The Smell of Ten Thousand Gallons of Mayonnaise and a Hundred Tons of Coffee, by Chris Carlsson

Map 12. The Lost World: South of Market, 1960, before Redevelopment
Piled Up, Scraped Away,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 13. The Mission: North of Home, South of Safe
“The Geography of the Unseen,” by Adriana Camarena

Map 14. Tribes of San Francisco: Their Comings and Goings
“Who Washed Up on These Shores and Who the Tides Took Away,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 15. Who Am I Where? ¿Quién soy dónde?: A Map of Contingent Identities
“Who Am I Where? ¿Quién soy dónde?” by Rebecca Solnit and Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Map 16. Death and Beauty: A Year of Murders, a Noble Species of Tree
“Red Sinking, Green Soaring,” by Summer Brenner

Map 17. Four Hundred Years and Five Hundred Evictions in the City
“Dwellers and Drifters in the Shaky City,” by Heather Smith

Map 18. The World in a Cup: Coffee Economies and Ecologies
“How to Get to Ethiopia from Ocean Beach,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 19. Phrenological San Francisco
“City of Fourteen Bumps,” by Paul La Farge

Map 20. Dharma Wheels and Fish Ladders: Salmon Migrations, Soto Zen Arrivals
“A Way Home,” by Genine Lentine

Map 21. Treasure Map: The Forty-Nine Jewels of San Francisco
“From the Giant Camera Obscura to the Bayview Opera House,” by Rebecca Solnit

Map 22. Once and Future Waters:Nineteenth-Century Bodies of Water, Twenty-Second-Century Shorelines

Acknowledgments
Contributors

Editorial Reviews

“A treasure of intricate, intimate maps.”