Direct Democracy

Organizing history by tags.

Why leadership absent in state and national capitals is abundant in our cities

Cities are having their moment. Well beyond the urban studies departments of old, universities from the London School of Economic to MIT have launched new and...

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 text for urban sociology. Her classic Death and Life of...

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...

Will Austin Join Cities Leading Efforts To Improve Democracy?

Much has changed in Texas's Implementation of democracy since September 5, 1836 when Sam Houston trounced rival Stephen F. Austin and Henry Smith to...

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...