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This report presents the findings of a student and faculty research team that studied race and ethnic relations in Austin during the 1999-2000 academic year. The team surveyed a random sample of 631 Austin residents and conducted 60 interviews with community and education leaders in all ethnic communities. Those surveyed were asked to characterize the state of race relations in Austin, as well as to report on perceived tension between ethnic groups and instances of discrimination. Respondents were also asked to describe their level of satisfaction with city services such as parks, utilities, and the Austin Police Department. Complete tables of survey responses are included. The report also includes a brief history of race relations in Austin, concentrating on initial segregation patterns and later desegregation efforts, and describes current reconciliation efforts being undertaken by a variety of civic and community groups. The final chapter makes recommendations to the City of Austin for improving race relations.
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