A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans by Ari Kelman

By Ari Kelman

This enticing environmental background explores the increase, fall, and rebirth of 1 of the nation's most vital city public landscapes, and extra considerably, the position public areas play in shaping people's relationships with the flora and fauna. Ari Kelman specializes in the battles fought over New Orleans's waterfront, studying the hyperlink among a river and its urban and monitoring the clash among private and non-private keep watch over of the river. He describes the influence of floods, ailment, and altering applied sciences on New Orleans's interactions with the Mississippi. contemplating how town grew distant—culturally and spatially—from the river, this booklet argues that city parts offer a wealthy resource for knowing people's connections with nature, and in flip, nature's influence on human history.

Show description

Read or Download A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans PDF

Best urban books

Constructing Risk and Safety in Technological Practice (Routledge Advances in Sociology, 4)

Glossy technological structures entail dangers and uncertainties of hitherto unknown dimensions. This e-book discusses the development of possibility and security inside of numerous empirical contexts the place applied sciences and their chance are debated and dealt with by way of contributors, teams or enterprises. With contributions from top students from Europe and the us, it offers unique theoretical discussions, associated with targeted empirical case experiences.

Hazardous metropolis: flooding and urban ecology in Los Angeles

Even if greater recognized for its sunny skies, la suffers devastating flooding. This publication explores a desirable and little-known bankruptcy within the city's history--the staggering mess ups to regulate floods that happened during the 20th century. regardless of the city's 114 particles dams, five flood keep watch over basins, and approximately 500 miles of paved river channels, Southern Californians have came across that technologically engineered ideas to flooding are only as disaster-prone as typical waterways.

Multilingual Identities in a Global City: London Stories

Commencing with a dialogue of the main problems with globalization, migration, multiculturalism, multilingualism and worldwide towns, David Block then turns to 4 certain case experiences: East Asian scholars dwelling and dealing in London; international language lecturers from France; London's starting to be Latino group; and moment new release South Asian collage scholars.

The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies

This edited quantity discuses city delivery concerns, rules, and projects in twelve of the world’s significant rising economies – Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam - international locations with huge populations that experience lately skilled huge adjustments in city constitution, motorization and the entire linked social, financial, and environmental affects in confident and detrimental senses.

Additional resources for A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans

Sample text

If so, they underestimated people’s investment in the dispute, largely because they misunderstood the significance of the Mississippi and its waterfront for New Orleanians. Rather than settling the issue, by ruling for Gravier the court inflamed an array of interests resolved to 19 20 Chapter 1 fight for the batture. The concerned parties included New Orleanians who valued the batture as a public space; riparian proprietors who feared for their land values; New Orleans’s Conseil de ville (city council), which hoped to consolidate its control over the riverfront; and President Thomas Jefferson, who believed that the batture was a key part of his plans for what was then known as the West.

He did not know that the batture controversy was only beginning. Within days of his victory, Livingston sank an additional investment of seventy-seven thousand dollars into the batture and began contemplating improvements on his property. He hoped to turn his piece of the waterfront into a private port, likely to accommodate the steamboats his brother Robert was building back east with an eye toward navigating the Mississippi system. Livingston planned first to erect a new artificial reclamation levee to keep the batture dry year-round.

Lore abounded in the city, recounting floods as recent as those in 1785, 1791, and 1799, when water had stood in the French Quarter. Locals also were wary of the river’s geomorphology. They knew that even though the Mississippi might deposit yards of batture accretions in one spot, it could also erode land elsewhere, seemingly on a whim. Finally, New Orleanians, sub- A Batture Laid Out 39 scribing to the era’s medical misconceptions, believed that digging in the city gave rise to murderous epidemics by releasing foul, pestilential vapors into the air.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.42 of 5 – based on 11 votes