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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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The Playground of the Southwest

The Playground of the Southwest

Water, Consumption, and Natural Abundance in Postwar Austin

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City in a Garden

Andrew M. Busch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores how abundant water because central to Austin’s identity, social life, and economy after World War Two. The dam system impounding the Colorado River allowed for business people and politicians to remake the region. New suburban areas were developed along the watershed. Tourism increased markedly and a robust economy emerged focusing on water-based recreation. By the 1960s the region began to promote its water via Aquafest, an annual celebration of the area’s water resources and local cultural attributes.

Keywords:   Suburban Development, Austin Aquafest, Highland Lakes of Texas, Tourism, Guidebooks

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