An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature / Edition 1

An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature / Edition 1

by Craig E. Colten
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807132004

ISBN-13: 9780807132005

Pub. Date: 09/01/2006

Publisher: LSU Press

Strategically situated at the gateway to the Mississippi River yet standing atop a former swamp, New Orleans was from the first what geographer Peirce Lewis called an "impossible but inevitable city." How New Orleans came to be, taking shape between the mutual and often contradictory forces of nature and urban development, is the subject of An Unnatural Metropolis.

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Strategically situated at the gateway to the Mississippi River yet standing atop a former swamp, New Orleans was from the first what geographer Peirce Lewis called an "impossible but inevitable city." How New Orleans came to be, taking shape between the mutual and often contradictory forces of nature and urban development, is the subject of An Unnatural Metropolis. Craig E. Colten traces engineered modifications to New Orleans's natural environment from 1800 to 2000 and demonstrates that, though all cities must contend with their physical settings, New Orleans may be the city most dependent on human-induced transformations of its precarious site. In a new preface, Colten shows how Hurricane Katrina exemplifies the inability of human artifice to exclude nature from cities and he urges city planners to keep the environment in mind as they contemplate New Orleans's future. 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 amply 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807132005
Publisher:
LSU Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
933,959
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the city and the environment1
1Water hazards16
2Remaking the environment47
3Inequity and the environment77
4Environment comes to the fore108
5Combating new flood hazards140
6Reintroducing wetland environments162

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