People Are the Real Mueller Story

RECEIVED Sat., May 11, 2013

Dear Editor,
    Through various media, we are subjected to stories of Mueller: the construction project [“The Changing Face of Mueller,” News, May 10]. While that can be appreciated, Mueller's true story is not one of its buildings and infrastructure, but one of its people. As Austin's densest place developing within the fabric of other Northeast Austin neighborhoods, how have we honored our geography? How have we tried to nurture a sense of both regional and neighborhood community? Have we embraced Mueller's principles of sustainability and diversity? How has the neighborhood lured young families back into the city core with the promise of density? How will those young families reshape the educational landscape of Northeast Austin? The journalist that searches for those answers will tell the truer history of the place and its relevance to Austin's development for the next fifty years.
Dusty Harshman
   [Michael King responds: "The Changing Face of Mueller," as Dusty Harshman notes, is largely devoted to the current physical changes underway at Mueller. And he's correct on the broader subjects suggested by those changes; we hope our additional coverage already in the works will answer some of his larger questions.]
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