Texas CityLab was excited to partner with Pflugerville, Texas, in the 2016-2017 academic year. Located just outside of Austin, Pflugerville is uniquely positioned to partner with CityLab due to its proximity to student, faculty, and staff resources on campus.
Fifteen classes from across various disciplines focused on projects identified by Pflugerville as critical to their sustained growth and quality of life. Pflugerville, a city of just over 50,000, typifies many of the opportunities and challenges that Central Texas cities face as they experience rapid population growth. Pflugerville’s diversity and close proximity to the Austin metropolitan made this growing city an ideal place for UT Austin students to learn about the future of Texas cities while contributing tangible benefits. City staff and leaders identified a variety of projects, including housing surveys, historic assessments, parking and transportation studies, urban agriculture opportunities, streetscape plans that incorporate art and native plants, and building-scale water capture and reuse.