The radical remaking of Austin’s future relationship with water

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...

Owning the American Dream, ending the trap of rent servitude

Homeownership is generally considered a staple of the American dream, symbolizing individual freedom, financial security, political representation, and access to community. Strongly rooted in...

The future will not look like the past of Austin’s ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’

If the westernmost Colorado River draining seven states is sometimes called “America’s Nile,” its smaller namesake river draining Central West Texas through Austin might be dubbed...

A hydrological Mount Rushmore

Akin to a hydrological Mount Rushmore, the pantheon of Highland Lakes heroes is inscribed on the dams or attached to the reservoirs themselves. Sometimes...

Owning the American Dream, ending the trap of rent servitude

Homeownership is generally considered a staple of the American dream, symbolizing individual...

The future will not look like the past of Austin’s ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’

If the westernmost Colorado River draining seven states is sometimes called “America’s Nile,”...

A hydrological Mount Rushmore

Akin to a hydrological Mount Rushmore, the pantheon of Highland Lakes heroes...

Contributor Columns

Can cities protect our local elections from foreign interference?

A decade after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United substantially altered...

Why can’t we price for externalities?

Last November, Austin lost Freddie’s Place, a funky bar, barbecue joint, outdoor music...

Flow: Incan and Urban Interpretations

Magenta cantuta and bright red bromeliads tumbled over ancient rock. Clear spring...

Cities lead as streams, wetlands and water protections are gutted

The essence of geo-urbanism is that national governments solve problems. Or try to....

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...

Runes & Rymes

Book Reviews

A hopeful scenario for the future of water – and everything else

Realistic Hope – Facing Global Challenges Edited by Angela Wilkinson and Betty Sue Flowers Amsterdam...

A tale of all cities written in the history of America’s rivers and water

Review: The Source – How Rivers Made America and America Remade its...