The Production of Urban Space in the ¡®Free Enterprise City¡¯, Houston, Texas
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.
Volume (Year): 2 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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