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Responding to Michael King's column [“Point Austin: What to Do About CodeNEXT
,” News, Nov. 17]:
Is CodeNEXT the worst thing to happen to Austin? King points to floods and the tower shooting and Jim Crow which were all awful. And perhaps he's right it is hard to compare calamities as each is terrible in its own way.
But CodeNEXT affects every district, every neighborhood and every person in Austin now and well into the next generation. For the 70% of the city that makes less than 100K per year it will speed up the devastating gentrification and widespread displacement already happening. It is hardest on people of color and in areas where economic insecurity is deepest.
Austin is more than one big ATM machine. People here want solutions that protect existing residents from being just swept away. CodeNEXT is based on failed Smart Growth policies that have done more harm than good. And it isn't going down without a fight.