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An opportunity in a new era of urban governance defined by global consciousness and deeper democracy

2020 may well prove the year when the Austin Paradox became paramount. Dually sparked by the economic ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and the concurrent...

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 efforts to...

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 rulings demanding...

This national moment of grief and mourning can become a marker of public shame or a symbol of American renewal

American cities are in upheaval, awakened by the duel pandemics of COVID-19 and white supremacy, which has resulted in 40 million people out of work and the spectacle of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police.