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Environmental Analysis (Pomona)

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Olmos Park, suburbs, Texas, San Antonio


An examination of this small Texas community will also cast light on the larger world of which it was a part. The development of Olmos Park, then, was inextricably bound up with and reflective of the political machinations and social problems that dominated San Antonio in the first decades of this century. As Mauerman understood, the suburb was a fragment of the urban whole, an observation that needs to be pushed one step farther. The forces that shaped Olmos Park and determined its relations with San Antonio were also part of a national pattern, of tensions generated by the explosive urban and suburban growth in early-twentieth-century America.


Posted with permission from Texas A&M University Press. Chapter from Urban Texas: Politics and Development, ed. Char Miller and Heywood T. Sanders. Book may be ordered at

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© 1991 Texas A&M University Press