Describing Diversity of New Urban Developments in Austin, Texas




Couch, Amanda

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This applied research project describes the diversity of new urban developments in Austin, Texas. The project begins with an overview of the history, causes and negative effects of suburban sprawl. The idea of new urbanism is then presented as the antithesis of suburban sprawl. Additionally, the literature surrounding issues in diversity relating to new urbanism is explored. Diversity literature is categorized by built diversity, demographic diversity, and economic diversity. These are the descriptive categories used to describe the diversity of new urban developments. The methodology used is a combination of field analysis and document analysis. Field analysis was primarily used in collecting data for the built environment while document analysis was primarily used for collecting data regarding demographics and economy of the new urban developments. The developments selected were the Mueller development, The Domain and The Triangle; all of which are self- proclaimed new urban developments. Finally, findings reveal a description of the diversity of each development. The three developments vary in diversity across the three descriptive categories. Overall, the Mueller development proved most successful in achieving diversity.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Fall 2011.


diversity, new urbanism, transportation, zoning, mixed-use, demographic, Public Administration


Couch, A. (2011). Describing diversity of new urban developments in Austin, Texas. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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