A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (Google eBook)
This engaging environmental history explores the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of the nation's most important urban public landscapes, and more significantly, the role public spaces play in shaping people's relationships with the natural world. Ari Kelman focuses on the battles fought over New Orleans's waterfront, examining the link between a river and its city and tracking the conflict between public and private control of the river. He describes the impact of floods, disease, and changing technologies on New Orleans's interactions with the Mississippi. Considering how the city grew distant culturally and spatially from the river, this book argues that urban areas provide a rich source for understanding people's connections with nature, and in turn, nature's impact on human history.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Fjumonvi - LibraryThing
The following review originally appeared in The Southeastern Librarian, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Spring 2004), p. 45. This is the story of a relationship. Like many relationships, it is complex, multi-faceted ... Read full review
Review: A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New OrleansUser Review - Tom - Goodreads
Excellent academic account of how New Orleans was shaped by its geographic site on the Mississippi River - politically, environmentally, and literally. Plenty of well-told stories likely to amaze local history fans. Read full review