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‘Caste,’ an election and the resonance of racism below the surface of liberal, progressive America

Review: Caste– The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson, 2020, 475 pp., Random House As the...

The urgency of police reform made clearer still by new revelations in the case of Breonna Taylor killing

The new release of taped grand jury deliberations in the still-murky case of Breonna...

Imagine NBA players playing for themselves – on Team Lebron, Team Durant or even Team Breonna Taylor

On Aug. 26, 2020, the NBA players made a clear statement. They were in...

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Tisquanto, Mrs. Shay, Sara Mardini, and the ‘original virtue’ of Thanksgiving

It’s a good question to ponder at this time of year: What would Tisquanto think of our ritual called Thanksgiving? Or “Squanto” as Mrs....

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...

To protect democracy, let us elect our leaders and make city hall accountable

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...

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...

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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...