Economic development and colonias in Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper concentrates on economic, institutional, financial and legal matters that have a direct impact on sustainable planning and development. It reflects the research that is being developed in colonias on the Texas side of the US - Mexico border region. Colonias in Texas are defined as areas with substandard housing, inadequate plumbing and sewage disposal systems, and low-income residents. Three case-studies are presented: the first refers to micro businesses and their potential to promote local economic development; the second is related to the "legalization" of "informal" developments; and the third refers to the sustainability of micro-credit for house improvement. Colonias, mainly isolated from urban areas, are starting to enjoy a relatively stable population, and regardless of the many difficulties they face, colonias are showing signs of being livable communities. This paper discusses these low-income communities from the point of view of promoting local economic and community sustainable development.

published proceedings

  • WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Vol 99

author list (cited authors)

  • Giusti, C.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Giusti, C

publication date

  • November 2006