A west Texas developer, who over two decades has tried to build a major housing development around a creek in pristine hill country, takes a hard look at the American dream. more
In the 1980s, an ambitious real estate developer came to Austin, Texas with a dream--to transform miles of pristine wilderness into a sprawling self-sufficient city. When the development threatened a local treasure, a fragile limestone aquifer and a naturally spring-fed swimming hole, the community decided to fight back. The chronicle is a microcosm of what's happening in communities across the country today, as it considers the cost of the American dream.