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Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 24, 2000
"...So why is this deal on the table? Why are we faced with the exact same weak rationalizations for "doing a deal," e.g., the alternative is far worse, they will hurt us in the Legislature, this is "almost" protecting water quality, we need to move on to other issues, etc. Why would such a strong mayor and council assume such a weak position? Why would the most offensive corporation in Austin be handed city sewer service and other special privileges? Why are we so richly rewarding such bad behavior? Why was this deal hatched in secret? What is the hurry?..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  August 22, 1997
"...After a long absence from the planning table, East Austin neighborhood organizations are talking once again with city officials about doing infill housing projects. Staff from the city's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office (NHCD) met recently with representatives of a new community-based development corporation, El Cariño, to begin studying the developer's proposal to construct 50 homes for low-income families in East Austin...."

What Price Baseball?
The Rangers Ain't Gonna Like This, Yogi
News Story  June 20, 1997
"...For the Ballpark at Arlington project, the city and the ASFDA condemned the land, yet the Rangers ball club, a private corporation, receive all future revenues to be generated from that same land. The Rangers now own development rights over the entire 270-acre complex, including an amphitheatre, office buildings, shops and restaurants..."

Fighting to Stay
As Austin's housing market booms, its poorest residents fight to exist
News Story  April 14, 2016, by Joseph Caterine
"...The strategy is not a new one. It was pioneered by the Blackland Com­munity Development Corporation in East Austin, which was incorporated in 1983 to stem the tide of UT-Austin's eastward expansion..."

Black Eastsiders: Powers a Friend
Will the next UT president continue Powers' work repairing the relationship between UT and East Austin?
News Story  July 17, 2014, by Jessica Luther
"...Yet since 2006, when Powers became president, the tension has been easing. Bo McCarver, board chair of the Blackland Com­munity Development Corporation, formed after the UT annexations in an attempt to provide affordable housing in the East Campus area, told Austin Post earlier this year that East Austin residents and UT are "getting on pretty good now..."

Home Is Where the Tax Credits Are
Columns  August 28, 1998
"...There are three water supply corporations in this general area. All have to cross I-35 to put down wells in the Edwards Barton Springs Aquifer between Kyle and Buda since this area is black clay soil that seems to go down to China, and digging wells here is not an option..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  December 12, 1997
"..."This secretly concocted MAI treaty is all-out war by the transnational corporations on democracy itself," Dugger said at a Dec. 3 forum sponsored by his latest love, the Alliance for Democracy, and by Public Citizen, a Ralph Nader consumer-rights organization...."

Enough Is Enough
Councilmembers Are Fed Up With Mitchell's Antics
News Column  June 13, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"...The mysterious Austin Revitalization Authority (ARA) board, a nonprofit corporation founded to oversee the revitalization of East 11th and 12th Streets, was stacked with Mitchell appointees when it was formed in December of 1995. Before protest by the neighborhoods surrounding East 11th and 12th Streets, the board did not have any neighborhood representatives, and even since the addition of four area residents to the board, their inclusion in the process has been spotty at best..."

Country Club PERCs
Political Economy Researchers Preach Laissez Faire
News Story  February 21, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"...Rough times for OPIC It's been a tough 18 months for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). They got hammered by Freeport-McMoRan after cancelling a $100 million political risk insurance policy they carried on the company's vast Grasberg gold copper and silver mine in Indonesia..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  December 20, 1996
"...and in Guatemala, where the Guatemalan Labor Ministry has questioned the company's labor practices. -- A.S. Blackland Treaty Fifteen years to the day after the University of Texas plundered east into Blackland to replace homes with parking lots, a baseball field, and a filling station, the council last week passed a resolution to cede 14 lots to the Blackland Neighborhood Development Corporation (BNDC)..."

Sun City Undercover
The Spinning of Del's Webb
News Story  August 2, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...What's being sold -- at the rate of three a day in Sun City Georgetown -- are not homes, or even pieces of a community. The Del Webb Corporation is in the image business...."

Developing Stories: Rent & Roll
French capitalism meets community bicycling
News Column  August 10, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...A spin around the Internet revealed that Lyon's program, launched in May 2005, and a spin-off Paris program, launched July 15, are provided by a private company, Cyclocity, a division of global corporation JCDecaux. "Cyclocity is a cost-effective, sustainable transport option that helps minimise the impact of traffic and congestion in towns and cities..."

Isn't It FABulous?
Austin considers a $95 million incentives package for AMD
News Story  July 6, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...The proposed package, which could include tax breaks, fee waivers, infrastructure improvements, and other development perks, would represent the largest city-subsidized deal ever crafted for a private corporation. The incentives could also generate public controversy over city officials' continued willingness to provide hand-outs to big companies -- much less an operation that will require up to four million gallons of water per day...."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  April 25, 1997
"...Specifically, Nofziger took Watson to task for a 1992 vote approving a controversial air permit that a Taiwanese-owned corporation, Formosa Plastics Corp. -- at the time one of the world's biggest polluters -- needed to complete its $1.3 billion expansion plans along the Texas coastline..."

Hancock Center, R.I.P.
Everything Old Is New Again at 41st & I-35
News Story  February 14, 1997, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Meanwhile, the "Citizens Commission for Civil Planning" and other Vote-Against groups roused their troops with these sorts of gracious subtleties: "David, Throw Your Stone -- The Giant Can Be Stopped!... Vote against a giant corporation and a city machine taking over our city! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!" Heady stuff for the Capital City during the Connally administration..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  June 3, 1999
"...• Yes, the Mueller Neighborhoods Coalition is still pushing the city to create a new citizen commission to oversee RMMA redevelopment ASAP, with a Mueller Development Corporation to follow...."

Letter to Isaac
Columns  February 18, 1999
"...Dec. 3: The City Council directed city staff to begin negotiations with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) based on a framework that included a commitment to relocate Liberty Lunch..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  May 22, 2009
"...Fireworks flew Monday when two key recommendations for the Downtown Austin Plan – on affordable housing and a density-bonus system to help pay for it – were presented at a town hall meeting. In providing comprehensive policy recommendations, representatives from ROMA Austin and subconsultant HR&A Advisors urged Austin to get more aggressive, expand its financing tool kit, and establish a new housing corporation in order to build both very low-income and more median-income work force housing..."

Hard Luck in Heritage Heights
Renters in Eastside housing project feel misled, misused by the city.
News Story  August 29, 2003, by Jessica Chapman
"...What she didn't know was that the rent-to-own offer was not provided for in the actual lease she signed. She also didn't know -- and, she says, wasn't told -- that the Austin Housing Finance Corporation, the housing agency of the city of Austin, had abandoned the offer months before she moved in..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 15, 2002
"...The bills passed by both House and Senate would ban soft money, i.e., the huge unlimited contributions which large corporations, the wealthy, and unions give to the parties. Anyone who thinks a congress person will remain totally objective when considering legislation pertaining to these special interests is living in a fantasy world...."

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