Author Event: Upper Left Cities by David Banis and Hunter Shobe

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Upper Left Cities: A Cultural Atlas of San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle redefines modern cartography by going into uncharted territory to create a narrative about three great cities through informative and detailed infographic maps.

Explore and compare San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle through:
   • wildlife and city trails
   • voting records
   • commutes
   • marathon routes
   • food and drink patterns


From the team that brought you Portlandness, this cultural atlas includes more than 150 maps, each using data around a given topic and then translating that to a creative and often unexpected visual format. The result is a perfect blend of form and function, each map is meticulously and ingeniously designed.

The collection of maps cover:
   • history
   • geography
   • social and economic issues
   • pop culture

“The graphics are the key to the book: creative, eye-catching, and sometimes weird (at least one is stitched in needlepoint). But the overall effect is a kind of visual almanac that presents information you can take, interpret, or commit to memory as you wish. This is a digestible way to consume numbers and data points; there is an art to it. The data might not change your view of any of the three cities, but bits will stick to your mental socks like burrs. If you want urban detail and comparisons with ’sister’ cities — especially in ways you never knew you wanted — this is a book for you.”

“The story of Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, told through gorgeously illustrated maps.”
—Portland Monthly

Hunter Shobe is a cultural geographer and assistant professor at Portland State University. He holds a PhD in geography from the University of Oregon and has more than twenty years of experience researching the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of how people connect to places and environements. Past studies focused on divere topics, including the role of Football Club Barcelona in constructing urban identity in Barcelona, and national identity in Catalonia.

David Banis has managed the Center for Spatial Analysis and Research in the Geograhy Department at Portland State University since 2006, working with a wide variety of partners at the federal, state, and local levels. His work explores the diverse ways that cartographers can tell stories with maps, focusing on the mapping of nontraditional subjects.

Both work at PSU and reside in Portland.

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
900 Mt. Washington Drive #110
Bend, OR 97703
Upper Left Cities: A Cultural Atlas of San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle Cover Image
By Hunter Shobe, David Banis, Zuriel van Belle (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781632171825
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sasquatch Books - September 21st, 2021