Fighting Sprawl and City Hall
Resistance to Urban Growth in the Southwest
Fighting Sprawl and City Hall now sets the record straight, tracing the roots of antigrowth activism in two southwestern cities, Tucson and Albuquerque, where urbanization proceeded in the face of constant protest. Logan tells how each of these cities witnessed multifaceted opposition to post-war urbanization and a rise in political activism during the 1950s. For each city, he describes the efforts by civic boosters and local government to promote development, showing how these booster-government alliances differed in effectiveness; tells how middle-class Anglos first voiced opposition to annexations and zoning reforms through standard forms of political protest such as referendums and petitions; then documents the shift to ethnic resistance as Hispanics opposed urban renewal plans that targeted barrios. Environmentalism, he reveals, was a relative latecomer to the political arena and became a focal point for otherwise disparate forms of resistance.
Logan's study enables readers to understand not only these similarities in urban activism but also important differences; for example, Tucson provides the stronger example of resistance based on valuation of the physical environment, while Albuquerque better demonstrates anti-annexation politics. For each locale, it offers a testament to grass-roots activism that will be of interest to historians as well as to citizens of its subject cities.
"A timely corrective to the story of southwestern urbanization following World War II. . . . As [Logan] notes, all of this resistance to growth in the urban Southwest continues today. Opposition became more visible in the 1970s and 1980s, but 'rarely with a recognition of the deep roots of the controversy.' In this excellent book, Logan sets the record straight by tracing those roots."—American Historical Review
"Logan should be congratulated for providing a beacon amid the endless array of stick-and-stucco subdivisions pressing ever outward. It takes courage to take on the development community; they have far more resources and mouthpieces to promote their side of the story."—Journal of Arizona History
"A most welcome addition to recent studies about emerging metropolitan regions . . . Beyond these case studies, Logan's larger concern is the causes and nature of local insurgency against seemingly incessant urban growth, a topic heretofore understudied."—Journal of American History