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Back to school: An education system riven by failure, inequity and injustice revealed by COVID-19

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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...

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...

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...

Back to school: An education system riven by failure, inequity and injustice revealed by COVID-19

What follows below, synthesized and condensed, are brief, one-minute clips of the arguments made by a broad spectrum of panelists from an...

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...

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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...