The Machine Threatens the Garden
This chapter looks at Austin’s economic and demographic growth from the 1970s to the 1990s. The University of Texas, and especially Dean of the Graduate School of Business George Kozmetsky, were central to this growth. The city, state, and university worked together entrepreneurially to generate growth in the high tech industry. The most important event was the decision of federally-sponsored research consortium Microelectronics and Computer Corporation to locate in Austin in 1983. Many other tech companies came to Austin as well, leading to dramatic growth. This growth, however, reshaped the city physically and became the impetus for a more robust and widespread environmental movement in the city.
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