Research & Analysis

Liveable City regularly produces research papers, conducts surveys and provides policy analysis on issues important to Austin. Research areas include economy, education, government, health, families and children, and quality of life. 

Affordability Report

Reclaiming Affordability in Today's Austin

Reclaiming Affordability in Today's Austin--Executive Summary

Big Box

Big Box Retailers Dont Pay Their Way, Study Says

Big Box Retail and Austin: An Independent Review Dr. Michael Oden, Dr. Bill Spelman, and Dan Houston (2004)

Big Box Council Presentation

Ballot Studies

Clean Water Proposition 2 Ballot Study

Liveable City Ballot Propositions Positions

Liveable City Stop Domain Subsidies Ballot Study

Open Government Online Charter Amendment Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3

Childcare

Preserving Central City Childcare: A Key to Austin’s Downtown Development

Economy

6th and Lamar: No City Incentives for National Chains to compete with Local Businesses

Economic Impact Analysis: Local Merchants vs. Chain Retailers: Executive Summary (2002)

Economic Impact Analysis: Local Merchants vs. Chain Retailers: Complete Report (2002)

Economic Impact Analysis: Local Merchants vs. Chain Retailers (2002)

Austin Economic Survey (June 2003)

Community Priorities for a Healthy Economy: Overview (2003)

Community Priorities for a Healthy Economy: Powerpoint (2003)

Community Priorities for a Healthy Economy (2003)

“Big Box Retail and Austin: An Independent Review” Dr. Michael Oden, Dr. Bill Spelman, and Dan Houston (2004)

“Stop Domain Subsidies” Charter Amendment Review and Analysis (2008)

Building a More Sustainable Economy Economic Development Strategy and Public Incentives in Austin by Dr Michael Oden (2008)

Education

Liveable City Education Principles (2009)

Liveable City Memorandum on AISD Efficiency Study (2009)

“Facing the Future: Key Recommendations for Rebuilding Trust in AISD," Liveable City Education Committee (2008)

AISD Middle Level Education Plan Initiative (2008)

Environment

Clean Water Ballot Study (2006)

Government

Ballot Study: Open Government Charter Amendment (2006)

Health

“Brackenridge Emergency Room Usage” (2004)

Housing

Accessory Dwelling Units (2015) 

Quality of Life

Quality of Life Survey Results (2002)

Quality of Life Survey Results (2003)

Transportation

Liveable City Principles for Evaluating Transportation Decisions