Adrian X. Esparza

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Colonias in Arizona and New Mexico

The University of Arizona Press

There are approximately half a million people living in 227 officially designated colonias in southern Arizona and New Mexico. These border communities are characterized by poor-quality housing, a lack of infrastructure (paved roads, water and sewer systems, and electricity), high levels of poverty and unemployment, and a disproportionate ...

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The Colonias Reader

The University of Arizona Press

Brings together scholars and professionals from a wide range of disciplines to examine the pressing issues of economic development, housing and community development, and public and environmental health in the colonias of the U.S.-Mexico border, providing conceptual frameworks that tie poverty to institutional and class-based conflicts.

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