A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans / Edition 1

A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans / Edition 1

by Ari Kelman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520234332

ISBN-13: 9780520234338

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

This engaging environmental history explores the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of the nation's most important urban public landscapes, and more significantly, the role public spaces play in shaping people's relationships with the natural world. Ari Kelman focuses on the battles fought over New Orleans's waterfront, examining the link between a river and its city

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This engaging environmental history explores the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of the nation's most important urban public landscapes, and more significantly, the role public spaces play in shaping people's relationships with the natural world. Ari Kelman focuses on the battles fought over New Orleans's waterfront, examining the link between a river and its city and tracking the conflict between public and private control of the river. He describes the impact of floods, disease, and changing technologies on New Orleans's interactions with the Mississippi. Considering how the city grew distant—culturally and spatially—from the river, this book argues that urban areas provide a rich source for understanding people's connections with nature, and in turn, nature's impact on human history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520234338
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
First Edition, With a New Preface
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
1,031,145
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Nature’s Highway to Market

1. A Batture Laid Out for the Particular Use of the Public
2. Human Genius, Organed with Machinery
3. The Necropolis of the South
4. Triumphs in the Cause of Advancement and Progress
5. An Act of God

Epilogue: The Simple Needs of Automobiles
Notes
Works Cited

Index

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