South Congress Landlords Hurting Austin

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 12, 2004

Dear Editor,
   So, the landlords are kicking out shops on South Congress so that they can charge more to people opening "eclectic, hip shops." Is it all about money to the landlords? If so, you can charge a lot more in Santa Fe than you can here in Austin, or in L.A. How about you move there and open "eclectic, hip shops" for yuppies? Anyone can charge absolutely as much as they can get for their property, if money is what defines their lives. Decent people make a decent income and are happy with it without charging longtime renters more than they can afford to pay. So, go ahead landlords, close down the people who supported you when SoCo was trashed, put them out of business, let them worry about paying their mortgages, you can get lots more money than they'll pay you. Sleep well knowing you helped put a knife through the heart of what was once a very special place in Austin.
Carl T. Swanson
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