As the population of Greater Austin nears 2 million, the surrounding Central Texas communities are continuing to face the mounting challenges of rapid urbanization and sprawling development.
Like other cities in the region, Georgetown is attempting to preserve its historical charm while also meeting new infrastructure demands. Membership in the Lone Star Rail District, a regional commuter rail service that will link up cities along the Interstate 35 corridor, will be an important step toward preparing Georgetown for the forecasted doubling of Williamson County’s population by 2035.
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Long is an assistant professor of environmental studies at Southwestern Univeristy in Georgetownjlong@southwestern.edu.