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Colonias and Public Policy in Texas and Mexico Urbanization by Stealth cover
  • ISBN: 9780292791251
  • ISBN10: 0292791259

Colonias and Public Policy in Texas and Mexico Urbanization by Stealth

by Peter M. Ward

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/1999
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''This will be a much debated book among local, state, and national politicians and government officials. It makes a significant contribution in the fields of urban development, environmental planning, comparative urbanization, and U.S.-Mexico border studies. The scholarship is impressive.''--Lawrence A. Herzog, Professor of City Planning, San Diego State UniversityToday in Texas, over 1500 colonias in the counties along the Mexican border are home to some 400,000 people. Often lacking basic services, such as electricity, water and sewerage, fire protection, policing, schools, and health care, these "irregular" subdivisions offer the only low-cost housing available to the mostly Hispanic working poor. This book presents the results of a major study of colonias in three transborder metropolitan areas and uncovers the reasons why colonias are spreading so rapidly. Peter Ward compares Texas colonias with their Mexican counterparts, many of which have developed into fully integrated working-class urban communities. He describes how Mexican governments have worked with colonia residents to make physical improvements and upgrade services--a model that Texas policymakers can learn from, Ward asserts. Finally, he concludes with a hard-hitting checklist of public policy initiatives that need to be considered as colonia housing policy enters its second decade in Texas.
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