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March 7, 2011
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Seattle Geographies

Seattle is located on the northwest edge of the continental United States, flanked by two mountain ranges and set on the calm shores of Puget Sound. It is remote from the country's hub but a portal to Alaska and Asia. It is widely considered liberal and green, but such a characterization oversimplifies a city of many idiosyncrasies and contradictions.

Seattle Geographies explores the human geography of the city and region to examine why Seattle is Seattle. The contributors to this volume look into Seattle's social, economic, political, and cultural geographies across a range of scales from neighborhoods to the world. They tackle issues as diverse as economic restructuring, gay space, trade with China, skateboarding, and P-patches. They apply a geographic perspective to uniquely Seattle events and movements such as the WTO protests and grunge. They also look at homelessness, poverty, and segregation. Guided by a strong sense of accountability to place, these geographers offer a wide, multifaceted portrayal of the city and its region.

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About the Authors

Michael Brown is professor of geography at the University of Washington. Richard Morrill is professor emeritus of geography at the University of Washington.


"Seattle Geographies, the brainchild of University of Washington professors, aims to decode what makes Seattle seem so simple and transparent on the surface, but so complex and contradictory when viewed over time and across political and social divides."—Seattle Times

"A fascinating book, a sort of fact-based, Whitman-esque grab bag with some nice photographs of the city and maps of racial distribution, voting patterns, same-sex-couple densities, poverty pockets, income levels and, yes, even skate parks."—Capitol Hill Times


"Seattle Geographies provides an excellent study of the economic, social, and political forces that shape life in our city. It shows not only what Seattle has done well, but also what challenges remain for us to solve together as a community."—Mike McGinn, Mayor of Seattle

"A great contribution to understanding how Seattle has become the city we love."—Nick Licata, Seattle City Councilmember

"This wide-ranging book uses beautiful photography, revealing maps, and multi-disciplinary analyses to explore the relationships that make Seattle such a dynamic city, regional center, and global player. Readers will be left to ponder Seattle's future: a money-driven pursuit of privatization, growth, and world-class status, or a community-driven commitment to social justice and care for one another and the place we share?"—Jim Diers, author of Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way

University of Washington Press

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216 Pages
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