Char Miller

By Char Miller:


Urban Scrawl

by | Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 12:00 am CST

Texas Terroir

Pride of Place: A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing For Henry David Thoreau, it was the rare sighting of the flower of a white pine. As he wrote he “Walking” (1862), he shinnied up the tall tree and “discovered … Read More


A Brighter Shade of Green

Forcing the Spring: U S. 281, a central south-north artery in San Antonio, has always made good copy. When initial plans for its construction were released to the public in the mid-1950s, the San Antonio Conservation Society rose in opposition; … Read More


Sweet Scholarly Revenge

Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin Farrar, Straus and Giroux 401 pages, $25 The mid-1960s were tumultuous. The assassinations that silenced its galvanizing voices, the landmark legislation that increased civil-rights protections and established environmental regulation, and the … Read More


All We Had Was Nuisance Power

Saving the Big Thicket: From Exploration to Preservation, 1685-2003 By James J. Cozine, Jr.</p > How to put this politely: Pete Gunter, a key figure in the preservation of the Big Thicket Preserve and, during the most intense phase of … Read More


No Relief

No Relief BY CHAR MILLER He woke with a start. “I felt something cold, looked down and there I was with water in my lap,” reported a man who had drifted off as the storm raged. Now, what had been … Read More


Trauma Centers

Trauma Centers BY CHAR MILLER The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster Edited by Lawrence J. Vale and Thomas J. Campanella Oxford University Press 376 pages, $24.95 exas is a disaster waiting to happen. Come to think of … Read More


Paved Paradise

Sprawl makes me sick. You, too. That’s the conclusion of a spate of recent studies of American cities and citizens: The built landscape has had a deleterious impact on our health. In October, a study co-authored by scientists at the … Read More


Shout Out

Emma Lazarus, poet laureate of the steerage class, has top billing at the Statue of Liberty. Engraved on the base of the Mother of Exiles is her ode to those arriving in the New World, huddled below decks, sailing west … Read More


Livable City

The early-20th-century developers who platted Beacon Hill, a streetcar subdivision just north of downtown San Antonio, knew what they were doing. By its name, they signaled the site’s elevation above the city’s deadly flood plain, a topography of “fine soil, … Read More