Colonias and Public Policy in Texas and Mexico: Urbanization by StealthDe (autor) Peter M. Ward
en Limba Engleză Paperback – March 1999
Today 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.
An adviser on housing policy to the Mexican government and international development institutions, Peter M. Ward is the author of over a dozen books on urbanization and housing. He is a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the Sociology De
AbbreviationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction. Perspectives on Texas Colonias and the Project MethodologyChapter 1. Introduction to the Border Region and to the Case Study CitiesChapter 2. Land and Housing Production in the Colonias of Texas and MexicoChapter 3. Servicing No Man's Land: Ambivalence versus Commitment in the Texas-Mexico ColoniasChapter 4. Settlements or Communities? Social Organization and Participation in the Colonias Chapter 5. Social Services to Colonias: Shifting the Focus toward Means Rather than EndsChapter 6. Conclusion: Texas Colonias and the Next Policy WaveNotesReferencesIndex