More City than Water offers a look at Houstonians’ experiences with flooding

More City than Water: A Houston Flood Atlas | Edited by Lacy M. Johnson and Cheryl Beckett | University of Texas Press | $39.95

The water is rising along America’s coasts. Places like New Orleans, Naples, Siesta Key, and Captiva Island (where Robert Rauschenberg worked) all have flood stories to tell. How long will it take before all littoral cities will forge atlases of inundations?

For Houston, a city separated from the coast and not properly “coastal,” the topics of concern in the national conversation are either “energy markets” or “no zoning.” Ocean rise does not come to mind—Houston is 50 feet above it

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