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Sweet SpotsIn-Between Spaces in New Orleans$
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Teresa A. Toulouse and Barbara C. Ewell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817020

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817020.001.0001

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The Broken Plantation and the Sweet Space of Gardens

The Broken Plantation and the Sweet Space of Gardens

(p.25) Chapter Two The Broken Plantation and the Sweet Space of Gardens
Sweet Spots

Ruth Salvaggio

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter documents how gardens have historically taken their interstitial shapes in the breakdown of the plantation system. Emerging on the site of former plantations and within the tightly wedged architecture of the developing city, diverse gardens have offered fertile aesthetic and functional grounds for sustaining this fragile city as well as possible patterns of urban sustainability. The chapter opens with a reading of Tennessee Williams’ iconic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, and ends by reimagining the city as a water lily, adapting itself to its fluid environment.

Keywords:   Gardens, Plantations, Sustainability, A Streetcar Named Desire, Interstitial

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