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By Craig E. Colten

ISBN-10: 0807129771

ISBN-13: 9780807129777

ISBN-10: 0807132004

ISBN-13: 9780807132005

Strategically located on the gateway to the Mississippi River but status atop a former swamp, New Orleans was once from the 1st what geographer Peirce Lewis referred to as an "impossible yet inevitable city." How New Orleans got here to be, taking form among the mutual and infrequently contradictory forces of nature and concrete improvement, is the topic of An Unnatural city. Craig E. Colten strains engineered transformations to New Orleans's normal surroundings from 1800 to 2000 and demonstrates that, although all towns needs to deal with their actual settings, New Orleans could be the urban so much depending on human-induced changes of its precarious website. In a brand new preface, Colten exhibits how storm Katrina exemplifies the lack of human artifice to exclude nature from towns and he urges urban planners to maintain the surroundings in brain as they reflect on New Orleans's destiny. city geographers often have portrayed towns because the antithesis of nature, yet in An Unnatural city, Colten introduces a serious environmental viewpoint to the background of city parts. His amply illustrated paintings deals an in-depth examine a urban and society uniquely formed through the traditional forces it has sought to harness.

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