TDH: 7/12/11

City soliciting people powered input

TDH: 7/12/11
Photo courtesy Flickr user trawin [CC]

We’ve mentioned the ongoing work at before, but the city’s community portal has recently hit a new landmark: garnering over 700 individual users registered on the site.

One topic that’s repeatedly emerged on the site is bicycling  – so much so that the city recently launched a page dedicated to the subject, providing an overview of the city’s bike connectivity and issues, and asking after what works and what doesn’t for cyclists. Conversely, another topic the COA’s focused on lately has been city cemeteries, offering a host of proposals that could potentially be incorporated in contracts for upkeep, yet they haven’t gained much traction so far, truth be told.

That said, the site is providing an innovative avenue for input, especially as budget season begins to wind down. Larry Schooler, the city’s community engagement consultant, writes the Hustle to say “We have a lot of commentary flowing here, and there's also a lot on the main page. We don't yet know where this will take us but we don't know of many (if any) other cities doing some quite like this.”

… In other outreach news, we see while we were away, City Manager Marc Ott got his blog on, welcoming Kathie Tovo to the council, thanking Randi Shade for her service, and touting a few community projects himself. First up is Code for America, which he bills as “a sort of AmeriCorps for techies – you give a year of paid service toward developing technology solutions for local government, and those innovations are in turn shared with governments around the country.” He also touts CityWorks Academy, the citywide, cross-department educational program, in its third year and currently accepting applications; and the ongoing Imagine Austin comprehensive plan, the draft version of which will be further revised in the late summer and early fall.

Anything else I missed?

HEY! Sign up for the Hustle's weekly e-mail newsletter, recapping news, politics and more every Friday. Don't worry, we'll never spam or sell your address. Visit here, enter your info, and click 'City Hall Hustle.'

Got something you wanna show the Hustle? Email it to wells [at], tweet it @CityHallHustle, drop by the Hustle's Facebook or Tumblr page, or leave a comment in the section below.

Got something to say? The Chronicle welcomes opinion pieces on any topic from the community. Submit yours now at

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More City Staff
The Daily Hustle: 3/28/11
The Daily Hustle: 3/28/11
Marc Ott acts on naming City Attorney: Karen Kennard

Wells Dunbar, March 28, 2011

The Daily Hustle: 2/22/11
The Daily Hustle: 2/22/11
Job changes afoot at city

Wells Dunbar, Feb. 22, 2011

More Comprehensive Plan
Parks Smoking Ban, More Up Thursday
Parks Smoking Ban, More Up Thursday
No ifs, ands, or (37,000) butts: One smokin' council agenda

Wells Dunbar, Dec. 5, 2011

The Daily Hustle: 3/11/11
The Daily Hustle: 3/11/11
What's next for the Comp Plan?

Wells Dunbar, March 11, 2011

More by Wells Dunbar
Top 10 City Council Stories
Top 10 City Council Stories
Dais and months

Jan. 6, 2012

City Hall Hustle: The Hustle Bids Farewell ...
City Hall Hustle: The Hustle Bids Farewell ...
To the beating hearts of a great city

Dec. 30, 2011


The Daily Hustle, City Staff, Comprehensive Plan, Marc Ott,, Larry Schooler, Code for America, CityWorks Academy

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle