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Can Sustain No More

RECEIVED Fri., Sept. 23, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I would much like to attend the Texas Tribune Festival, especially the program on Campus Carry "Local Highlights at Trib Fest," News, Sept. 23], but must decline the privilege to enter the UT campus since Aug. 1, Armament Day. Seeing Julian Bond at the LBJ Library a few months ago was my last hurrah on the Forty Acres.
    Ray LaMontagne may not make the splash of a Bruce Springsteen refusal to perform, but I'm now a fan. And, that event venues are off-limits under concealed carry does not forgive the conflicted atmosphere of an exchange of gunfire and the exchange of ideas. After being a KUT dollar a day "sustainer" for over five years, even having never been to the station, seeing "UT Austin" on my monthly bank statement proved too much to take.
    Tonight I'll eat a picnic ham from a feral hog I shot on my property. Maybe a campus carry advocate could take my place as a contributor to KUT.
Ben Eastburn

No Friend of the Grove

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 22, 2016

Dear Editor,
    The debate over the development of the Grove can’t be easily caricatured as NIMBYs vs. urbanists [“Grove at Shoal Creek Inches Forward,” News, Sept. 23]. I live close to the proposed development. I support urbanist policies, but I am against the Grove as currently proposed.
    As an urbanist, I want connectivity, yet the Grove has no plans for bike lanes at 45th and Bull Creek. The neighborhoods surrounding the Grove do not have sidewalks. Crestview, the closest light rail station, is 3.5 miles away. It is unclear if city buses will service the Grove. Who would want to walk or bike along congested streets that are expected to have 19,000 or more cars per day?!
    Because the Grove is so close to MoPac and lacks connectivity, it is a vehicle-centric development, not a transit-oriented development.
    In addition, the Grove does not support the policies of the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan. While the Grove is compact, it is not connectied and does not promote a walkable, bikeable, transit-based urban lifestyle.
    The city should begin a dialogue with the developer using the Bull Creek Road Coalition (BCRC) proposed amendments as a starting point for sustainable growth.
Gigi Taylor
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