As a fair housing advocate, I've been very pleased with CM Greg Casar's work to protect low-income Austin residents. That's why I was very surprised when "Public Notice: Tracking the Major Arcana
" [News, Jan. 15] claimed Casar was "the council's most hawkish pro-gentrification vote on land-use issues." That statement flies in the face of reality.
On the contrary, in a short time, Casar has done more to combat gentrification and support low-income residents than virtually any of his predecessors on Council. His accomplishment in the last year have included:
1) Passing a resolution to prioritize desegregation in the city's new land use code, CodeNEXT;
2) Helping to creating long-overdue homestead preservation districts in high-needs neighborhoods;
3) Protecting residents in at least two mobile home parks against displacement;
4) Increasing opportunities for ADUs to increase affordable housing in high-opportunity areas of the city; and
5) Securing funding to help tenants protect their right to quality living conditions.
The article was short and did not explain the basis for the author's statement about Casar, but I cannot imagine what facts could justify accusing him of supporting gentrification. I suspect the author may owe Casar an apology, and I am certain the Chronicle
needs to recheck its facts.