Category: Colonias

Reverse colonization: Part 4, we build to rise

25 August, 2011 (09:34) | Cities, Colonias, Homeownership, Housing, Immigration, Mobile homes, Slums, Texas, Theory, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 2 and Part 1.]   As we saw in previous parts of this post, spontaneous communities like the south Texas colonias (one of which was recently profiled by CNN) become bit by bit more and more like ‘normal’ American towns.   A residential […]

Reverse colonization: Part 3, we work to build

24 August, 2011 (09:47) | Cities, Colonias, Homeownership, Housing, Immigration, Mobile homes, Slums, Texas, Theory, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, colonias (like the recent CNN profile of Las Lomas, Texas) not only form spontaneously as offshoots of formal cities nearby, they also tend to replicate across whole areas, such as south Texas just north of the Rio […]

Reverse colonization: Part 2, we stay to work

23 August, 2011 (09:57) | Cities, Colonias, Homeownership, Housing, Immigration, Mobile homes, Slums, Texas, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s journey to a typical Texan colonia, Las Lomas just outside Rio Grande City, profiled in a recent CNN story, revealed that America has its informal settlements too, and that these gradually formalize, bit by bit, through thousands of individual decisions of investment:   […]

Reverse colonization: Part 1, we came to stay

22 August, 2011 (11:03) | Cities, Colonias, Homeownership, Immigration, Mobile homes, Slums, Texas, Theory, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Bit by bit, slums improve.  Bit by bit, the informal and invisible become the formal and visible.   Colonia home, Corpus Christi, south Texas   Once upon a time, the world’s rich countries colonized the poor ones.  In the twenty-first century, the flow is reversed: people from poor countries are colonizing […]