The price of wider gaps and weaker links


As Central Texas’ economy booms, its racial divides have only become more acute and costly

As Austin grows, the African-American share of the city’s population is declining, and minorities face poverty and isolation more than their white counterparts. Unchecked, it could cost billions to the area’s economy and allow poverty to continue its generational spread.

Natalie Madeira Cofield spent 12 years working in Los Angeles, New York and Washington. She knows what it’s like to live in a city with a large and vibrant African-American community.When Cofield moved to Austin in August 2011 — just 29 years old at the […]