Publications

Earlier this year, DC began compiling research on a paper about pipelines—how they get built, what laws support their creation, and (perhaps most importantly) why all the high level environmental review processes we learned about in planning school are not effective at halting what is an obvious environmental problem and water security threat. Download the paper here.
In October of 2018, we finalized Not in the Plan: Silencing Communities of Color in Austin’s Planning History. This text discusses the ways in which local activist voices have been written out of Austin’s political and planning processes. This text compares a timeline of the city’s major planning milestones with local activist milestones, in an attempt to show that people of color were regular participators in city democracy–even when their voices were not heard. Download the pdf  here . 
In May 2018, Decipher City produced a report on Parks and Access in the City of Austin for review by the Parks and Recreation Department. Like all departments in the City of Austin, PARD is currently working with the Equity Office to assess its projects and programs and determine where there might be gaps in both equitable outcomes and processes. The report was meant to help with that diagnosis. We found equity issues fell into three main categories: budgets/spending, outreach/representation, and access. Download the pdf here
In March 2018,  Decipher City wrote and  published our first paper on urban displacement in Austin. This report focuses specifically on the urban renewal policies that facilitated neighborhood change in East Austin, and their linkages with area crime statistics. Download the pdf  here
 

 

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