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City in a Garden: Environmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas

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The natural beauty of Austin, Texas, has always been central to the city's identity. From the beginning, city leaders, residents, planners, and employers consistently imagined Austin as a natural place, highlighting the region's environmental attributes as they marketed the city and planned for its growth. Yet, as Austin modernized and attracted an educated and skilled lab ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 17th 2017 by University of North Carolina Press
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Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tired: "You should have been in Austin 10 (or 20, or 30) years ago, man, it was so much cooler then."

Wired: "Are you aware of the impact of damming the highland lakes starting in the early 1900s, funding from the defense industry, pro-growth/anti-industrial city councils, overt and institutionalized racist policies, and an 'all in' push toward new urbanism with little real concern about gentrification on shaping the changes Austin has gone through over the past 130 years?"

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Molly S.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have lived in Austin for a decade and wanted to understand the history behind this city’s unique economic development. Austinites like to promote a very white-washed version of the city’s growth and economic engine. I learned a lot about how early city planners implemented segregation and made deliberate choices to curtail industries that employ low-skilled workers. While the content of the book is great, I felt like the chapters repeated content a lot and it rambled on in some sections. Maybe ...more
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