Austin

Organizing history by tags.

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...

As the pandemic becomes more dire, a fog of sorrow coils around life amid COVID-19

If the fear phase of my pandemic journey fused suddenly, and if the state of euphoria came as the crest of a wave, the...

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 Texas as the “century plant” for the decades between each...

Austin moves toward a new and modern style of progressivism, but not without civic aches and pains

If the slow death of the term liberal, the “L word,” and it’s replacement by the more broad-shouldered “P word” of progressive, has a...