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

Andrew M. Busch


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 labor force, the demand to preserve its natural spaces was used to justify economic and racial segregation. This effort to create and maintain a “city in a garden” perpetuated uneven social and economic power relationships throu ... More

Keywords: Austin, Texas, environmental planning, urban planning, racial discrimination, sustainability, technology economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632643
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew M. Busch, author
University of Texas, Dalla