- Editorial Notes
Welcome to volume seventy-three of the Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Besides a full slate of articles and reviews, the Yearbook is, of course, the publication of record for all things related to our annual meetings. This issue of the Yearbook contains all of the material related to the Seventy-Third Annual Meeting held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, last September: the Presidential Address, the Meeting Report, the Student Paper Award winners, the Resolutions, the Abstracts, and our Distinguished Service Award recipient. By all accounts the meeting was a tremendous success, marked by great field trips, a sunset cruise around the lake, and special Native American entertainment. The Association extends its thanks to Gundars Rudzitis, Harley Johansen, and all of the University of Idaho faculty and students for their time and effort.
This year's volume of the Yearbook offers up a very wide and eclectic selection of articles. To celebrate our own regional geography, the Yearbook publishes Jeff Jenkins' piece on the Klamath River Basin and the ongoing competition for water resources, and how that competition affects water allocation for crops, electricity, and salmon. Crystal English, runner-up in the GIS Specialty Group paper competition at this year's AAG meeting, uses GIS to explore the environmental factors associated with the increase in property crimes in two different areas of Atlanta, Georgia. Elena Givental analyzes the contemporary cultural landscapes of Krakow, Poland, and Lviv, Ukraine, through the lens of Jewish minority identity, and discusses how those cultural landscapes diverged in the postwar period. Ron Davidson explores the use of Sun-Tzu's classic The Art of War as a strategic resource for the building of malls and their reinvention as a place of "civic functioning." Ron, however, turns the tables on mall proponents, and uses The Art of War to form an oppositional strategy that promotes civic life instead of enclosing it in a shopping center. Gary Peters' opinion piece discusses world population growth over the past forty years and, agree or disagree with his conclusions, the continuing increase in the number of people on the surface of the earth is eventually going to exceed the carrying capacity of the planet's resources. How we address that issue now is at the center of Gary's argument. And as always, we include this year's Presidential Address, by Dolly Freidel, who discusses her ongoing research on the ancient Mayans of Guatemala's [End Page 9] Antigua Valley. Congratulations are also in order for Roger Pearson's selection as the recipient of the APCG's Distinguished Service Award.
Ron Davidson, also one of our regular book reviewers, this year contributes his review of Ann Sloan Devlin's What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives. As Ron points out, Devlin moves beyond a strict reading of urban geography into a psychological exploration of the built environment, including some fascinating insights into the office cubicle as a workspace and the most innovative designs in medical facilities. Ed Jackiewicz reviews Paul Snelgrove's new book on the recently completed Census of Marine Life and comments directly on the contributions made by GIS technologies to this massive undertaking. At this year's AAG meeting in Seattle, I had the opportunity to be a part an "author-meets-the-critics" panel, this one for Denis Wood and his book Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas, and John Krygier's Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS, 2nd edition, coauthored with Denis. I have great admiration for both these geographers and the work they have done in advancing cartographic design—I regularly use their work in my own map design seminars. The morning of the panel, I found myself sitting next to my fellow panelist, Vinnie Del Casino, who informed me he had written a poem in honor of the two books and their authors. I was very intrigued and was in turn later delighted at the reception Vinnie received when he read the poem to the audience and the authors. I thought it would serve as a "different" sort of book review, but one very much in keeping with the spirit of...