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Looking back at Jane Jacobs’ prophetic chronicle of geo-urbanism, Dark Age Ahead

More than five decades ago, author Jane Jacobs produced what was to become a foundational...

Austin may condemn its sordid history — it should condemn its troubled present

Like so many authors and observers, Andrew M. Busch details Austin’s much-discussed and most obvious...

Austin’s challenge: a common language of environmental sustainability

“Shadows in a Sunbelt City” is a book of many unique insights and analogies. Most are sure to be controversial. In just one of them, author Elliot M. Tretter offers up the very different understandings in Austin of the meaning of “environment.”

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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...

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...

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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...