On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio

On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio

by Char Miller
     
 

Over the past 300 years, settlement patterns, geography, and climate have greatly affected the ecology of the south Texas landscape. Drawing on a variety of interests and perspectives, the contributors to On the Border probe these evolving relationships in and around San Antonio, the country’s ninth-largest city.

Spanish, Mexican, and American

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Overview

Over the past 300 years, settlement patterns, geography, and climate have greatly affected the ecology of the south Texas landscape. Drawing on a variety of interests and perspectives, the contributors to On the Border probe these evolving relationships in and around San Antonio, the country’s ninth-largest city.

Spanish, Mexican, and American settlers required open expanses of land for agriculture and ranching, displacing indigenous inhabitants. The high poverty traditionally felt by many residents, combined with San Antonio’s environment, has contributed to the development of the city’s unusually complex public health dilemmas. The national drive to preserve historic landmarks and landscapes has been complicated by the blight of homogenous urban sprawl. But no issue has been more contentious than that of water, particularly in a city entirely dependent on a single aquifer in a region of little rain. Managing these environmental concerns is the chief problem facing the city in the new century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822941637
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Urban nature : an introduction1
1San Antonio : an environmental crossroads on the Texas Spring Line17
2"A fine country with broad plains - the most beautiful in New Spain" : colonial views of land and nature41
3Where the buffalo roamed : ranching, agriculture, and the urban marketplace56
4Parks, politics, and patronage83
5The landscape of death : homicide as a health problem99
6Battlefields : the military and the environment121
7Empty taps, missing pipes : water policy and politics141
8Establishing "sole source" protection : the Edwards Aquifer and the Safe Drinking Water Act169
9Sitting down at the table : mediation and resolution of water conflicts182
10The preservation of San Antonio's built environment199
11Elusive balance : landscape, architecture, and the social matrix222
City limits : an afterword239

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