Exploring Factors that Account for African-American Place Attachment in Austin, Texas




Okoro, Ginger M.

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This Applied Research Project (ARP) explores factors that account for African American place attachment in Austin, Texas. This project directs attention to the importance of community cohesion, by focusing on the needs of social, leisure, and employment opportunities for African Americans living in Austin. The percentage of African Americans in Austin is shrinking compared to any other minority group, with a population projected of less than 5 percent within the next decade. A culturally diverse and vibrant community is essential for sustained economic growth and local governments have a stake in maintaining this diversity. To explore the role of place attachment on cultural diversity in Austin, this ARP finds that increasing place attachment is a viable approach.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2014.


African American, place attachment, Austin, Texas, population decline, community, relocation, affective bond, diversity, Public Administration


Okoro, G. M. (2014). Exploring factors that account for African-American place attachment in Austin, Texas. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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