An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature

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Urban geographers frequently have portrayed cities as the antithesis of nature, but in An Unnatural Metropolis Colten introduces a critical environmental perspective to the history of urban areas. His illustrated work offers an in-depth look at a city and society uniquely shaped by the natural forces it has sought to harness.
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Overview

Urban geographers frequently have portrayed cities as the antithesis of nature, but in An Unnatural Metropolis Colten introduces a critical environmental perspective to the history of urban areas. His illustrated work offers an in-depth look at a city and society uniquely shaped by the natural forces it has sought to harness.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807129777
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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Craig E. Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University. Before returning to academe in 1996, he worked with state government in Illinois and as a private consultant in Washington, D.C. His previous books include The American Environment, The Road to Love Canal, Transforming New Orleans and Its Environs, and Louisiana Geography.

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Craig E. Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University. Before returning to academe in 1996, he worked with state government in Illinois and as a private consultant in Washington, D.C. His previous books include The American Environment; The Road to Love Canal; Transforming New Orleans and Its Environs; and Louisiana Geography.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the city and the environment 1
1 Water hazards 16
2 Remaking the environment 47
3 Inequity and the environment 77
4 Environment comes to the fore 108
5 Combating new flood hazards 140
6 Reintroducing wetland environments 162
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