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Let’s renew the American Dream with the Austin Ethos

It’s time for a New American Dream. In its place, I propose Austin’s ethos. Needless to say, it’s long...

Why plans by Austin and other cities to reimagine public safety don’t literally intend to ‘Defund the Police’

The Austin City Council’s recent decision to reduce the police department’s budget by about 5 percent represents an opening salvo in national...

Texas Gov. Abbott’s “Back the Blue” pledge to seize Austin’s police department is a return to Jim Crow

In March 1956 the elected leaders of the Southern states pledged to defend school segregation, despite civil rights pressures and Supreme Court...

Cybertrucks on the Colorado – how Tesla’s Gigafactory can save Austin’s urban river

In the middle of this summer’s second wave COVID-19 outbreak, the Chamber of Commerce boosters of Austin, Travis County and Del Valle...

The Renewal Series - Coping with COVID-19

Tales of the Global City

Beyond the pandemic, look for Austin’s creative energy to rival the ‘Roaring Twenties’ of a century ago

Not so fast, argues the head of iconic Austin City Limits to those who fear the pandemic will sweep away both the...

Cybertrucks on the Colorado – how Tesla’s Gigafactory can save Austin’s urban river

In the middle of this summer’s second wave COVID-19 outbreak, the Chamber of Commerce boosters of Austin, Travis County and Del Valle...

A conversation with urban designer Ken Greenberg on ways COVID-19 is forcing us to reimagine cities and community

The challenges to cities posed by the COVID-19 epidemic are enormous, argues Canadian urban designer Ken Greenberg in this interview conducted for...

Austin and the future of water

For a glimpse of the future of water in fast-growing Austin and Central Texas, don’t look to the past of reengineered rivers,...

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How to make America radical again (and how to remember that in fact it always has been)

In this wide-ranging conversation, Urbānitūs Associate Editor Robert Brehm and Professor Harvey J. Kaye thumb through the pages of Take Hold of...

America’s zero-sum, tooth-and-nail political battlescape in the microcosm of Wisconsin

Review: The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, by Katherine J. Cramer, 2016, 281 pp.,...

Owning the American Dream, ending the trap of rent servitude

Homeownership is generally considered a staple of the American dream, symbolizing individual freedom, financial security, political representation, and access to community. Strongly...

Misremembering Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X – how America rewrote a legacy

Review: The Sword and the Shield – The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., by Peniel E. Joseph, 2020, 373...

Life at the end of the ‘Age of Miracles’ — a look at why progress itself makes plagues and...

Review: Plagues and the Paradox of Progress – Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways, by Thomas J. Bollyky, 2018,...

There is a reason cities are outpacing national governments in the face of COVID-19

Review: The Nation City – Why Mayors Are Now Running the World, by Rahm Emanuel, 2020, 235 pp., Alfred A. Knoph

Why can’t we price for externalities?

Last November, Austin lost Freddie’s Place, a funky bar, barbecue joint, outdoor music pavilion and children’s playground all rolled into one. The restaurant had...

A tale of all cities written in the history of America’s rivers and water

Review: The Source – How Rivers Made America and America Remade its Rivers, by Martin Doyle, 2018, 349 pp., W.W. Norton &...

1,006/133

The border of Mexico is exactly 1,006 miles away from the hospital where I was born. Which means that had I been born, say, 1,007 miles to the south my destiny would be aligned under very different stars.

For John Lewis 1940-2020

O holy martyr when you crossed the river to be beaten by the state troopers of the Promised Land O redeemer of Dixieland when you felt the clubs touch skin and blood and blood touch dirt

Today the pedestals are empty

Today the statues float in rivers and finally the citadels of false reverence are beginning to fall What does it say about us that we are obsessed with protecting the statues of the long-dead

Actualizing Emerald City

Cities, I wonder what you must have looked like to my grandparents and my great greats when they steamed into Detroit from Hungary or New York Harbor from Russia and India