Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Sociological Association, March 17–20, 1982, San Antonio, Texas.
Solid Waste Sites and the Black Houston Community*
Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2007
Volume 53, Issue 2-3, pages 273–288, April 1983
How to Cite
Bullard, R. D. (1983), Solid Waste Sites and the Black Houston Community. Sociological Inquiry, 53: 273–288. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.1983.tb00037.x
- Issue online: 9 JAN 2007
- Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2007
This paper presents data on the siting of solid waste facilities in one of the nation's fastest growing cities, Houston, Texas. The findings reveal that solid waste sites were not randomly scattered over the Houston landscape but were likely to be found in predominantly black neighborhoods and near black schools. Institutionalized discrimination in the housing market, lack of zoning, and decisions by public officials over the past fifty years are major factors that have contributed to Houston's black neighborhoods becoming the “dumping ground” for the area's solid waste.