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Shadows of a Sunbelt City

The Environment, Racism, and the Knowledge Economy in Austin

Eliot M. Tretter (author) Deborah Cowen (Series edited by)
Nik Heynen (Series edited by)
Melissa W. Wright (Series edited by)

ISBN: 9780820344881

Publication Date: Dec 2015

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Austin, Texas, is often depicted as one of the past half century's great urban success stories - a place that has grown enormously through "creative class" strategies emphasizing tolerance and environmental consciousness. Eliot Tretter reinterprets this familiar story by exploring the racial and environmental underpinnings of the postindustrial knowledge economy.
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Austin, Texas, is often depicted as one of the past half century's great urban success stories–a place that has grown enormously through "creative class" strategies emphasizing tolerance and environmental consciousness. In Shadows of a Sunbelt City, Eliot Tretter reinterprets this familiar story by exploring the racial and environmental underpinnings of the postindustrial knowledge economy. He is particularly attentive to how the University of Texas–working with federal, municipal, and private-sector partners and acquiring the power of eminent domain–expanded its power and physical footprint. He draws attention to how the university's real estate endeavours shaped the local economy and how the expansion and upgrading of the main campus occurred almost entirely at the expense of the more modestly resourced communities of color that lived in its path.

This book challenges Austin's reputation as a bastion of progressive and liberal values, notably with respect to its approach to new urbanism and issues of ecological sustainability. Tretter's insistence on documenting and interrogating the "shadows" of this important city should provoke fresh conversations about how urban policy has contributed to Austin's economy, the way it has developed and changed over time, and for whom it works and why. Joining a growing critical literature about universities' effect on urban environments, this book will be of interest to students at all levels in urban history, political science, economic and political geography, public administration, urban and regional planning, and critical legal studies.
Pages 192
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2015
Publisher University of Georgia Press
Series Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation
Subject/s Population & demography   Urban & municipal planning   Social discrimination   Urban economics  
Eliot M. Tretter is assistant professor of geography, University of Calgary, Canada.

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