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The Production of Urban Space in the ¡®Free Enterprise City¡¯, Houston, Texas


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  • Jose L. Beraud Lozano
  • Barry A. Espinosa-Oropeza
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    The history of Texas and Houston is directly related to the rise of modern capitalism. Through a historiographic observation, in this paper we examine the emergence and consolidation of the city of Houston and how it has captured the intervention of private capital in a voracious land appropriation scheme and speculative real estate industry. This development is founded over a deep-rooted ideology that permeates Houston and Texas, considering land as a commodity and a culture of privatism. We review the rationale and protagonists of the relevant historic phases of urban development that have fed the cultural symbolic dimension of the ¡°free enterprise city¡± and ¡°city of the future.¡± And, demonstrate the fallacy of the laissez-faire ideology predicated by the business elite while lobbying for government funds to extend Houston¡¯s urban territory, build infrastructure, and invest in expensive industrial facilities which mainly benefit the elite.

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    Article provided by Redfame publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Science Studies.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 1-15

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    Handle: RePEc:rfa:journl:v:2:y:2014:i:1:p:1-15

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    Keywords: Houston; urban development; urban policy; ideology; privatism; laissez-faire; government intervention; land as commodity;

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