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City in a GardenEnvironmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas$
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Andrew M. Busch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632643

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632643.001.0001

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Of Toxic Tours and What Makes Austin, Austin

Of Toxic Tours and What Makes Austin, Austin

Battles for the Garden, Battles for the City

(p.206) 9 Of Toxic Tours and What Makes Austin, Austin
City in a Garden

Andrew M. Busch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter compares the mainstream (mostly white) environmental movement and the subaltern (mostly minority) environmental movement in Austin in the 1980s and 199s. It argues that, while each group responded to similar issues like sense of place, health, community cohesion, and development, disparate histories led to very different conceptions of what constituted the environment for different the different groups. While whites tended to imagine the environment as something outside human society that humans sometimes used, minorities tended to imagine the environment as something that humans were squarely inside of and often as something that was a factor in discrimination. While both movements were largely successful in their own rights, they rarely found common ground.

Keywords:   People in Defense of Earth and Her Resources (PODER), Save Our Springs (SOS), Barton Springs, Overdevelopment, Holly Street Power Plant, Gas Tank Farms, Epilogue, From Garden to City on a Hill

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