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The radical remaking of Austin’s ...

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

On cities, primary colors and the meaning of ‘geo-urbanism’

“Urbānitūs – the magazine of geo-urbanism” is frankly not a journal for the faint-hearted. At 6,000 words plus, our adjacent opening day monograph on the urban...

On cities’ ‘OK boomer’ face-off with state and national governments

Let’s call it the infantilization of cities. It’s more than a little ironic: as cities are handed ever more responsibility, and grow ever more assertive in...

Gentrification is not a byproduct of planned urban growth, it is the plan

Among those living in Austin since the turn of the century, one is constantly confronted by the bracing reality of gentrification. It is, so the consensus...

Dogs to roads to human rights — Austin’s direct democracy decades

In early November, Austin voters nixed a proposal to rethink the Austin Convention Center and skirmishes at the ballot box are surely brewing for...

The Renewal Series - Coping with COVID-19

Tales of the Global City

Austin’s ‘Strong Mayor’ proposal misses the fundamental issues in our country’s electoral process

Democracy, Winston Churchill once said, “is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.” Treatises have been...

‘Strong mayor’ proposition on May ballot would be an obstacle to social justice

Editor’s note: This is one in an ongoing series of essays and analyses Urbānitūs will publish reflecting the diversity of perspectives on the future of...

Texas should empower local innovation, not block it, argues a new ‘Metropolitan Blueprint’

If Texas is to continue its dramatic growth economically and demographically, slow-moving state lawmakers need to get out of the way of the fast-moving...

What electricity prices can (and cannot) do in the real world of energy markets

The “what” is pretty clear. The “why” will take a little longer. The “what,” of course is that last month Texas’ electric power grid failed...

An energy catastrophe forces the question – just how reliable a power system do Texans really want?

The sure-to-be-lengthy post-mortem of Texas’ February energy catastrophe needs to turn on deeper questions, all more fundamental than a mere ideology-framed debate on regulation...

Views & Reviews

A Texas city leader’s account of local realpolitik, political favor, and cynical manipulation

Review: Greedy Bastards – One City’s Texas-Size Struggle to Avoid a Financial Crisis, by Sheryl Sculley, 2020, 211 pp., Lioncrest Publications Joint editor’s note: Like...

State of the City – How Paris foreshadowed today’s urban politics of displacement and segregation

Review: Paris – Capital of Modernity, by David Harvey, 2006, 230 pp., Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group Joint editor’s note: Like so many cities, Austin...

A signpost called Trust at the crossroads of America’s diverging and evermore partisan pathways

Review: Trust – America’s Best Chance, by Pete Buttigieg, 2020, 215 pp., Liveright/Norton Endeavoring to read and produce a review of a book called Trust amid...

A Promised Land, a prologue of cautious counsel to a nation readying for change in the White House

Review: A Promised Land, by Barack Obama, 2020, 768 pp., Crown, an imprint of Random House Reading former President Barack Obama's sad and hopeful memoir, one...

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 Our History:...

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

Editor's note: In light of America's nail-biting election now down to the tedious count of ballots in the upper Midwest, we are republishing this...

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 rooted in...

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 pp., Basic...

Perhaps you will consider this a eulogy

I see myself in the television screen (where the man stands in a sweatshirt that says “6 million was not enough”) ...

The Year of Elisions

It is Decemberin the year of elisionsthe vowels of feelinghave been lost to fit the metric povertythe 300,000 lost in the leapsacross the lines...

When That Day Comes

We’re waiting for the day when we can say, it’s over, foreverWe’re tired of all the lies, and all the guys who’ve gone to...

By Allergy and Allegory

There is a ghostland somewhere near Of spirits of the Earth And aging oxygenated dirt And there is hope and there is hate But no one ever shows up late