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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 irony in his book, “City in a Garden.” This is, of...

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.”

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...

How the old ‘all politics is local’ became today’s ‘all local politics are global’

Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, a powerful speaker of the U.S. House of the Representatives four decades ago, frequently reminded his colleagues that “all politics is local.” He...

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...