Austin History Center
"...Last week, City Manager Marc Ott appointed Betsy Spencer to head the city's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office. The move comes at a time when the city's ambitious affordable and supportive housing policies are coming under closer scrutiny...."
"..."Austin: Live Music Capital of the World" is a mantra chanted from City Council and Chamber of Commerce offices, reinforced by everything from airport signs that welcome visitors to Austin to the subhead of the website for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. "What you hear," puns the ACVB site, "is true." The mantra's embodiment has produced a massive and expanding entertainment district that may be civic gold, but also threatens to oversaturate the sensitive neighborhood ears of longtime residents...."
"...• Creating space for the Arts A federally subsidized artists' colony for Saltillo Plaza is the first in a series of "regeneration projects" being pursued by the city's Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office. In an approach that's novel for Austin, new EGRSO Director Kevin Johns has invited two partners – the city's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development division and the citizen Community Development Commission – to join EGRSO in collectively pursuing a federal grant..."
"...The presentation came with a subtext: not just whether Austin can handle singular major events, but whether it is fully prepared to be the 13th largest city in America, hosting many big events. Acevedo and Travis County Sheriff's Office Major Phyllis Clair assured reporters that their staffs will be able to cover race weekend with no change in services..."
"...unknown unknowns? It seems Council Member Bill Spelman was thinking along similar lines on June 14 when City Council received a planning update for the upcoming Formula One race. "To my untutored eye, it looks like you've thought of everything," he told Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office Deputy Director Rodney Gonzales, "but let me ask you the basic question: How is it that you know you've thought of everything?"..."