City Has Made Bad Zoning Choices

RECEIVED Mon., March 8, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Re: “Latinos Pushed Out” [“Postmarks,” March 5]: More than 100 years ago, my German/Swedish ancestors set sail from Europe with hopes to find new land and religious freedoms in Texas. Rumors were rampant that upon arrival in Galveston each family would receive a horse and wagon to help them resettle. Those with meager resources ended up walking through half of Texas with what they could carry. We have lived in Austin for many generations and 55 years ago moved from Central Austin to Northeast Austin. Unscrupulous builders sold us a substandard home with galvanized water lines, substandard foundations, and little if any insulation.
    In the last 30 years, the city has allowed zoning that has caused crime encroachment and saturated the area with cheap multifamily housing. The end result was the degentrification of this middle-class neighborhood.
    We, children of the middle-class Anglos, deserve more consideration and respect than those mobile food-stand owners and newcomers who are taking advantage of us and our charity.
    As a child, I rode my bike to Capital Plaza all the time. Now when I venture out on my bicycle, I usually see vagrants by the score and illegal aliens by the hundreds. Throw in a few prostitutes, and you have the complete tour of Delwood, a victim of neglect and disrespect for its rightful heirs.
Dennis Atwood
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