In less than a century, the American West has transformed from a predominantly rural region to one where most people live in metropolitan centers. Cities and Nature in the American West offers provocative analyses of this transformation. Each essay explores the intersection of environmental, urban, and western history, providing a deeper understanding of the com- plex processes by which the urban West has shaped and been shaped by its sustaining environment. The book also considers how the West’s urban development has altered the human experience and perception of nature, from the administration and marketing of national parks to the consumer roots of popular environ- mentalism; the politics of land and water use; and the challenges of environmental inequities. A number of essays address the cultural role of wilderness, nature, and such activities as camping. Others examine the increasingly per- vasive power of the West’s urban areas and urbanites to redefine the very foundations and future of the American West.
About the Author
Char Miller is W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College.
Table of ContentsFront Cover Title Page Contents Preface Into the West LAND Sweetening the Urban Marketplace Crabgrass or Grapes Natives' Return WATER Fishy Thinking One City, Two Rivers Private Water CAMPGROUND Performing Bears and Packaged Wilderness The Devil in the Cathedral Sleeping Outside CITY Boundary Issues The Nature and Business of War Stand by Your Brand The Whole Earth Catalog, New Games, and Urban Environmentalism Escape to the West/Return to the East Contributors Index