Mr. Tate’s Hometown Universalization of Incorporation in Texas Towns  Presented by Jillian Buttecali, Honors/BIC Junior, U...
About the Paper <ul><li>Project began  as an Honors contract but quickly developed into an URSA grant application </li></u...
 
 
Every hallway looks the same... Had many self-led tours.
Methods of Research <ul><li>Scholarly interviews with Houston community leaders Roger Galatas, Joel Deretchin, and Nelda L...
Paper Outcomes “  This p roject seeks universal structures and qualifications for incorporated and unincorporated municipa...
TX Cities: A Historical Evolution <ul><li>1835-1945: No significant laws on municipal structure/city governance in Texas (...
Common Problems, Universal Solutions <ul><li>One: Annexation and the Control of Suburban Sprawl </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ETJ ...
Why This Topic Matters  <ul><li>We are all identify with a hometown that we love  </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the bene...
Contact Me! Jillian Buttecali, j [email_address] WWW.BETTERHOMETOWN.WORDPRESS.COM
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“ This project seeks universal structures and qualifications for incorporated and unincorporated municipal districts in Texas with the goal of organized incorporation. A ‘universal structure’ must be based on current Texas municipal law and standards, but this paper will stress areas of incorporation that are historically problematic. A historical analysis will precede a detailed account of universal transitional problems encountered with incorporation, followed by a case-study of the north Houston suburb of The Woodlands.”

This paper was funded from March 2010-March 2011 by the URSA grant at Baylor University. It was presented at the annual SSSA conference in Las Vegas, NV.

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Mr. Tate's Hometown: Incorporation in Texas Towns

  1. 1. Mr. Tate’s Hometown Universalization of Incorporation in Texas Towns Presented by Jillian Buttecali, Honors/BIC Junior, URSA Recipient Presented at: 2011 Annual SSSA Conference on March 17 th , Las Vegas, NV 2011 Scholar’s Week on April 4 th , Baylor University
  2. 2. About the Paper <ul><li>Project began as an Honors contract but quickly developed into an URSA grant application </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by Baylor March 2010-March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Proposes thesis that incorporation is in the best interest of a community looking for stability and independence </li></ul><ul><li>Used funding to purchase research materials, research in the Library of Congress and national Law Library, present at Southwestern Social Sciences Assn. conference in Las Vegas, NV </li></ul>
  3. 5. Every hallway looks the same... Had many self-led tours.
  4. 6. Methods of Research <ul><li>Scholarly interviews with Houston community leaders Roger Galatas, Joel Deretchin, and Nelda Luce Blair </li></ul><ul><li>Research in the University's libraries, Library of Congress, Law Library, Online resources </li></ul><ul><li>Case-study of The Woodlands, Texas </li></ul>
  5. 7. Paper Outcomes “ This p roject seeks universal structures and qualifications for incorporated and unincorporated municipal districts in Texas with the goal of organized incorporation. A ‘universal structure’ must be based on current Texas municipal law and standards, but this paper will stress areas of incorporation that are historically problematic. A historical analysis will precede a detailed account of universal transitional problems encountered with incorporation, followed by a case-study of the north Houston suburb of The Woodlands.”
  6. 8. TX Cities: A Historical Evolution <ul><li>1835-1945: No significant laws on municipal structure/city governance in Texas (wild, wild west…); legislature wrote charters for incorporation </li></ul><ul><li>1880s: Annexation allows competing cities (Chicago/NY) to increase municipal revenue and aids rural residents. Chicago once doubled its population. </li></ul><ul><li>1913: “Home Rule Amendment” allows localities to write own charters so long as abided federal/state law </li></ul><ul><li>1913-1930s: (Informal) Public Administration Movement; municipal “clubs” from era still survive </li></ul><ul><li>1954: Building a Better Hometown is written and published in Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>1960s: Environmental movement manifests formally </li></ul>
  7. 9. Common Problems, Universal Solutions <ul><li>One: Annexation and the Control of Suburban Sprawl </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ETJ and historical complications of sprawl </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two: Insufficient Tax Base </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses leaving, no commercial/MUD revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three: Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roads are a KEY factor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Four: Urban Crime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suburban areas have benefit of time to educate and prevent crime (especially in youths) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community centers?? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Why This Topic Matters <ul><li>We are all identify with a hometown that we love </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the benefits of incorporation and structured development help provide independence and dissuade historical urban problems </li></ul><ul><li>My way of giving back to my hometown through information and research on their upcoming 2014 vote on incorporation </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen knowledge creates POWER to make one’s community better </li></ul>
  9. 11. Contact Me! Jillian Buttecali, j [email_address] WWW.BETTERHOMETOWN.WORDPRESS.COM
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