The present-day identity of San Antonio, Texas, is closely linked to its Hispanic heritage. This identity is not solely a result of the dominant ethnic Mexican population but in large measure is a constructed identity conceived, assembled, and promoted by non-Hispanic patrons of the community. This identity, though rooted in the city's Hispanic past, is manifested in two romanticized Spanish landscapes, the Pase del Río and La Villita. This essay examines the character of the ideal landscape-making process in this Texas Mexican city.
Key words: Hispanic, landscape, San Antonio, urban identity.
DR. ARREOLA is Professor of Geography at Arizona State University.
Mail: Prof. Daniel D. Arreola
Department of Geography and Research Associate, Hispanic Research Center, COB 338
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