Tales of the Global City

On the origins and future of urbanity in our moment of populist and nationalist resurgence

I have spent most of my life as a diplomat, working for my native...

And in conclusion, here’s how we might seal Austin’s progressivism with a ‘city parliament’

Austin’s progressivism might be compared to the agave americana, better known in its native...

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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...

Texas Iced: The culprit of Texas’ power misery is energy price policy — not wind, not gas, not nuclear power

When all is said and done, the one big takeaway from Texas’ week of freezing agony amid a power blackout is that recovery will...

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 ‘Clean Slate’ law to make Texas’ justice system fairer would also reduce odds of future crime

Reentry. It sounds simple enough. Once someone is released from prison, they need to reenter society. Popular culture often discusses this psychological and social...

A small piece of a big law, the ransacking of the Capitol, and the uncertain future of Big Tech

Talk about timing. On Jan. 7, 2021, less than 24 hours following the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Los Angeles Times published a defense...

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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...