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Consider the Environment

RECEIVED Tue., June 20, 2017

Dear Editor,
    It is true that CodeNEXT is complicated ["Just the Beginning ...," News, June 16]. It pays little, if any, attention to the environmental impact of development in the city.
    However, it does not take a new zoning code to negatively impact environmentally sensitive areas of Austin. Currently a developer, David Kahn, is planning to build an 11-story hotel along Bull Creek just west of Loop 360 in an environmentally sensitive area. Neither existing zoning regulations nor proposed changes under CodeNEXT provide adequate protection to critical environmental areas that provide the citizens of Austin with parkland, drinking water, and recreational opportunities.
    Consider the impact of CodeNEXT on the environment and what makes Austin different from Orange County, California.
Rick Brimer
Bull Creek Foundation

It's Also a Fire Trap

RECEIVED Mon., June 19, 2017

Dear Editor,
    Concerning "Book Review: The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk" [Music, June 16]:
    I hope Miss Miller makes note of the fact that Mr. White has made enough money to keep the Broken Spoke open all these decades without making any significant upgrades to the structure and facilities. The Spoke continues to have insufficient and nasty-smelling restrooms. It's also a fire trap waiting to become one of Austin's worst catastrophic events.
    If James White can afford the overhead on South Congress, he should be responsibly using some of his revenue to provide a safe and clean building.
Valerie Siref
   [Editor's note: The Broken Spoke is located on South Lamar.]
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