Institute of Urban Policy

Read our new Historical Policy Brief on Austin policy in 1865-1928

Tue, August 27, 2019
Read our new Historical Policy Brief on Austin policy in 1865-1928
"A City Plan for Austin, Texas," image courtesy of City of Austin.

How has Austin policy-making historically impacted local Black communities? This new series of briefs looks to the past to understand how policy has shaped outcomes and realities for Black people in Austin today. In Part I of this series, IUPRA Faculty Fellow Kevin Foster, PhD explains interest convergence theory and how Austin decision-making bodies have repeatedly and predictably harmed Black people and communities; not as a prime policy goal, but as a byproduct of efforts to ensure quality of life for the White population. It is important to understand this reality in order to make policy decisions today that serve all Austinites well.

Read or download the brief here!

If you are interested in this series, Dr. Foster will be writing new installments in the future in order to continue exploring the impact Austin policy has on Black communities. To be the first to hear when Part II is available, make sure you're signed up for our e-newsletter. Subscribe here!

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