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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Commercial Urban Revitalization in Austin, Texas: The Policy and Politics of Place

This report analyzes the processes of inner-city revitalization and assesses the policy and politics of place in Austin, Texas. The report first provides an overview of the theories and practices of public sector participation in commercial urban revitalization, then presents the evolution of urban development policy in the United States since the Great Depression. Next, the report extracts two samples of commercial urban revitalization activity in Austin in order to more closely examine the policy instruments and political forces which combine to influence the (re)making of place in the city. Lastly, the report identifies key determinants of the inner-city revitalization process in Austin and suggests likely impacts on the future of commercial urban revitalization in the city.

-- Author's foreword.