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Even though the displaced Cactus Rose residents may receive some relocation assistance, the point is that yet another working-class Latino community is being uprooted so a luxury apartment can be built for newcomers [“After Numerous Delays, Cactus Rose Heads to Council
,” News, Sept. 23]. Because of past discrimination practices and current socio-economic conditions, gentrification is a race issue. Back in the 1920s the city started pushing Black and Mexican people from their West Austin neighborhoods to the Eastside. And years later, because these people were red lined and turned down for bank loans, they could not fix up their houses or start a business. In the meantime investors started buying up property all over East Austin. City officials have a long history of catering to the wealthy and to businesses and developers. Now they are allowing encroachment on the southeast area which will push Latinos even further out!
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.
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.