Politifact Texas’ Truth-O-Meter says: ”Austin is the largest city in the U.S. or Texas with no geographic representation” on its city council.”
According to Gardner Selby of Politifact Texas and The Austin American Statesman:
“The larger-than-Austin U.S. cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Jacksonville and Indianapolis all elect all or some council members from districts. (In Texas, too, Fort Worth and El Paso elect council members from single-member districts.)
“Eight of the other cities elect council members solely from districts, while the other cities — Houston, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Indianapolis — elect most members from districts, choosing a few at large. Our detailed counts are posted here.
“Our ruling - Each of the dozen U.S. cities bigger than Austin has a city council with members elected from geographic districts — and eight solely elect members from districts. This claim rates True.
Read Selby’s analysis and conclusions here and his commentary about our work to support his analysis here.
Read KUT’s reporting here and be sure to listen to Nathan Bernier’s interview with Selby.