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On the Edges of Gentrification, Planning a Different East Riverside Drive
City’s declared goals for the corridor and those of private developers do not necessarily coincide
News Story  February 14, 2019, by Michael King
"...Developers occasionally agree to a greater level of affordability – usually with a city "buy-down" of some units. Should the current market pressure extend beyond the corridor into the more affordable streets to the south, there's little the city can do to stop rising rents and ultimately gentrification as affordable properties with working-class tenants are replaced by higher-earning professionals, families replaced by younger singles...."

A Fresh Look at Gentrification in SXSW Feature Blindspotting
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal on their comedy-tinged drama about modern America
Screens Story  March 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Don't ask what Blindspotting is about. It's about every raw nerve in America – guns, gentrification, racism, rehabilitation, self-identity, and cultural perception – and how it's happening in Oakland, California...."

“Anti-Gentrification” Protesters Target Austin Creative Alliance
“Hoodz” vandalize Jim Hightower offices, next to ACA
DAILY News  February 8, 2019, by Michael King
"...The day before, an art installation by Jean-Pierre Verdijo – “Agency at the Crossroads” – opened in the ACA gallery, and a couple dozen DOH members attended (at Verdijo’s invitation). The installation, painted and constructed on the gallery walls, is in part a meditation on the effects and meaning of “gentrification” in Austin Eastside neighborhoods..."

Documentary Uses Virtual Reality to Explore East Austin Gentrification
Technology and social justice come together in Latinitas' film
Screens Story  May 24, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...The subject of Latinx Culture in East Austin is decidedly heavy, and there's something a little more unsettling about the fact that the documentary was filmed and narrated by some of the neighborhood's youngest members. "This is about gentrification," Donnelly said..."

Jumpolin & Gentrification Backlash
Jumpolin owners fight back against landlord demolition
News Story  March 12, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...26 – they filed for a demolition permit while concurrently applying for a permit to stage an event at the space during the period of this year's SXSW. (See "Gentrification Refugees," Feb..."

Gentrification Refugees
Jumpolin demo a long time coming, according to city records
News Story  February 26, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...The Feb. 12 demolition of the family-owned piñata business has become a touchstone of community debate about the gentrification of the Eastside – what was once a Latino working-class hub is giving way to increased real estate development that caters to a higher-income demographic...."

Life After Gentrification
When you and your home both have to move
News Story  January 4, 2018, by Joseph Caterine
"...As rapid development has put some city residents at risk of displacement, cases like Sanchez's illustrate how defenseless mobile homeowners can be to the wave of gentrification that has swelled with rising property values. Despite the danger, thousands of Austin families continue to choose to live in these humble abodes..."

Statesman Advertising Supplement Cheers Eastside Gentrification
Update: Statesman removes article, reiterates apology
DAILY News  July 2, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...“A decade ago Austinites would rarely dare to venture to the east side of the I H 35 corridor. Though the city has never been home to truly seedy or sinister areas, going east of the highway prior to the mass gentrification of downtown was not advised..."

Gentrification Must Stop!
Postmarks  October 17, 2012
"...This whole encroachment on our land and total disrespect of our people must stop. Gentrification of this type smacks of racism!..."

Gentrification Is Cultural Genocide
Postmarks  May 28, 2012
"...It seems that success and happiness for companies and elitist entrepreneurs has always meant poverty and misery for natives; their dreams came at our expense! Where's the integrity and praiseworthiness in such achievements? Our community is losing its rich, colorful culture, its traditions and family unity. To us, gentrification is cultural genocide!..."

Gentrification of SoCo
Postmarks  January 9, 2004


Blindspotting
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal astound in this perfect state of the union story
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Film Review  July 27, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The line between improvement and gentrification is just one of the complicated and textured layers of interwoven discussion that these freewheeling, freestyling pals deal with. Collin (the real center of the story) is on the last three days of parole for a crime that he definitely did commit, and he's trying to stay out of trouble..."

"Juntos/Together" Ties Austin's Activist Past and Present
Shedding light on action & initiatives by local minority communities
DAILY Arts  March 28, 2018, by Acacia Coronado
"...Students marching down the streets for their rights, incidents of police brutality against minority community members, and a changing Austin landscape in response to gentrification are familiar recent headlines. However, these issues have been affecting Austinites for generations...."

Council Members Say “#FixtheCode”
Four CMs say CodeNEXT process must strongly address inequality
DAILY News  August 22, 2017, by Michael King
"...In a morning press conference outside Blazier Elementary School, four City Council Members – Delia Garza, Pio Renteria, Greg Casar, and Jimmy Flannigan – declared their unhappiness with the current CodeNEXT process, and called for the next draft to fully address citywide inequality, affordability, gentrification, and displacement...."

Playing the Dozens in District 3
Media forum takes on affordability, rail, city farms
DAILY News  September 16, 2014, by Michael King
"...A lively North Door crowd, occasionally rambunctious, heard 12 District 3 City Council candidates address Austin growth, gentrification, affordable housing, urban rail, and urban farms, in the third forum sponsored by the Chronicle, Austin Monitor, KUT-FM, KXAN-TV, and Univision...."

Then There's This: Montopolis Is Cool With Uncool
East Austin neighborhood aims to fend off gentrification
News Column  March 28, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...Eastside leader Susana Almanza was the first to speak against the development. "This particular project is going to open the floodgates of gentrification in Montopolis," she said..."

Shine
Salsa-dancing siblings fight over gentrification
Film Review  October 5, 2018
"...Not reviewed at press time. Brothers Ralphi and Junior overcome years of separation on the streets of Spanish Harlem to use salsa dancing to overcome the tide of gentrification...."

Public Notice: “Uprooted”
New gentrification study asks city to "think big and act boldly"
News Column  September 20, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...At a Tuesday work session this week, City Council members got their first look at a yearlong study they commissioned last September, when they asked UT researchers to conduct "a study of gentrification, displacement and mapping of vulnerable neighborhoods" in the city...."

Playback: Ringo Deathstarr Awakens the Force
Ringo Deathstarr achieves a Pure Mood, Lench anthem decries Eastside gentrification, and a Pink Floyd scion takes root in Austin
Music Column  January 14, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Yet the 30-year-old Chicano rapper decries locals having become outsiders on the central Eastside. His latest single "What Happened to Austin? (My Beautiful City)" offers a scathing, first-hand perspective of gentrification – related in the local vernacular:..."

Jordan French Out at Status Labs
CEO forced to resign over "inexcusable" demolition of Jumpolin
DAILY News  March 26, 2015, by Michael King


Barbershop 2: Back in Business
The franchise is back in business, though this time the project has a more calculated feel.
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Film Review  February 6, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...As the title states, the franchise is "back in business," but business may not be as good for this sequel as it was for the first film. B2 is funny and expands our background knowledge of these likable characters, but the story gets bogged down in some pace-stopping scenes about community gentrification, some mildly confusing temporal transitions, and some exchanges that should be side-splittingly funny but are only mildly amusing..."

ZM3 Live Productions' Echo of a Refugee ... Me?
Zell Miller III's latest was a state of the city address that called out Austin for gentrification and policies harmful to its black citizens
Arts Review  August 16, 2018, by Robert Faires


Eastward Expansion
Surfing the wave of gentrification on the Eastside
News Story  April 9, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...For years, East Austin residents have decried gentrification. As Austin property values appreciate exponentially, developers have descended upon the city to capitalize on the hot real estate market..."

PODER vs. H-Zoning: Ready for Round Two?
Eastside gentrification task force recommends expanding, not abolishing, historic zoning.
News Story  November 1, 2002, by Brant Bingamon
"...To Eastside activist Susana Almanza, historic zoning in East Austin -- and the tax breaks to property owners that go along with it -- are directly linked to gentrification. The City Council found Almanza's argument valid enough to create a special committee to consider the issue..."

Austin @ Large: To Preserve and Thrive
Alvarez and Thomas' Eastside plan needs fine-tuning, but it's about time
News Column  October 15, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Two weeks ago, in the "Best of Austin" issue, I riffed on Eastside revitalization, or gentrification, and whether we can create one without the other. Clearly, I'm not alone in contemplating this quandary; last week, Council Members Raul Alvarez and Danny Thomas unveiled a plan to designate most of East Austin as a "Community Preservation and Revitalization Zone."..."

The ARA Faces the Music
For the Austin Revitalization Authority, Eastside renewal proves to be a long, slow dance
News Story  August 29, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...And then there's the age-old gentrification debate. It can be both good and bad, he says..."

Defend Our Hoodz Gets Mixed Up With Arts District, Presidium, Chronicle
News Story  February 14, 2019, by Michael King
"...The attack on the building was associated with "Defend Our Hoodz," a "revolutionary" anti-gentrification cadre, but DOH denies responsibility. Instead, on its Facebook page, the group "applaud[ed] the hood for defending itself from greedy sellouts," while condemning the Chronicle and other media for implying any connection..."

Defend Our Hoodz Denies Responsibility for Vandalism at Austin Creative Alliance
Group “applauds the hood for defending itself from greedy sellouts”
DAILY News  February 12, 2019, by Michael King
"...The attack on the building was associated with “Defend Our Hoodz,” a “revolutionary” anti-gentrification cadre, but DOH denies responsibility. Instead, on its Facebook page, the group “applaud[ed] the hood for defending itself from greedy sellouts” while condemning the Chronicle and other media for implying any connection..."

Your City Is About To Be Gentrifucked
The Latino Comedy Project returns with a fierce new skewering
DAILY Arts  May 31, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Well, thank God – gracias a Dios – for the Latino Comedy Project. Because, when you’re not busy fighting or deriding gentrification, or when you’re not busy leveraging your privilege to pretend it's ever such a good thing, here’s an opportunity to laugh your ass off about the particular mess we’re in...."

Are Dogs Gentrifying East Austin?
Eric Tang’s latest addendum addresses displacement, and dogs, in Eastside tract
News Story  May 31, 2018, by Michael King
"...In March, UT Austin's Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis issued a report on the effects of Eastside gentrification on longtime residents who have remained in their homes while many of their previous neighbors have moved away. ("Those Who Stayed: The Impact of Gentrification on Longstanding Residents of East Austin," by Eric Tang, et al.) The report was based on interviews with longtime residents of a single central East Austin census block (63 heads of household among 341 homes, selecting residents who have lived in their homes since at least 1999)..."

Council on CodeNEXT
Four CMs lament inequitable land use standards throughout city
News Story  August 24, 2017, by Michael King
"...11-13 – council members will also be expecting the next draft of CodeNEXT, the land use code revisions that have been in the works for years. Tuesday morning at Blazier Elementary School, in far South­east District 3, four council members – Delia Garza, Pio Renteria, Greg Casar, and Jimmy Flannigan – fired a shot across the dais, challenging city staff and their colleagues to produce a code "for all Austin­ites," and to substantively address affordability, gentrification, residential displacement, and the increasing economic segregation of the city. [inset-1-right]..."

FactCHECK
Postmarks  January 18, 2016
"...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..."

Artists as Developers
A symposium gives creative types a new role in rebuilding neighborhoods
Arts Story  September 19, 2008, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...In cities across America, gentrification is both a hot-button issue and a good way to get angry graffiti sprayed all over your construction signs. With population density returning to city centers, low-income neighborhoods with local histories and identities are vanishing under the weight of high-end condominiums..."

Shrinking Schools
While the suburbs sprawl, central city schools count their children – and their blessings
News Story  May 20, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...On the one hand, the numbers tell a story of gentrification: Lower-income families move to the suburbs to buy double the house for half the price, and are replaced by childless couples, empty nesters, and middle-income families with one child or two, rather than three or four. They also tell a story of sprawl: Inner-suburban school populations plateau when neighborhood kids grow up and younger families choose neighborhoods even further out..."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
The fuss over historic zoning is a symptom of larger city problems.
News Column  August 22, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...For, like medieval castles of yore, the historic homes and neighborhoods of Central Austin are sometimes captured and become base camps for the other side, whichever side that may be. Does historic preservation create gentrification or retard it? Does it further the goals of neighborhood planning or hinder them? Does it hasten or delay the decay of the urban tax base? Is it Smart Growth or its opposite? In practice, the answer is, "All of the above."..."

Public Notice: Another Non-Revolting Development
Planning should always be this easy
News Column  February 14, 2019, by Nick Barbaro
"...As if scheduled just in time for Michael King's feature about the future of the East Riverside Corridor Plan (see "On the Edges of Gentrification," Feb. 15), Austin City Council takes up a couple of significant rezonings in the corridor at their next regular meeting, Thursday, Feb..."

Mayor Calls for End to CodeNEXT
"Divisive and poisoned" zoning rewrite now in real jeopardy
DAILY News  August 1, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Austin’s biggest challenges, such as increasing unaffordability, displacement, gentrification, flooding, and traffic are getting worse. The land development code should be an important tool to help with these challenges, however, our current code is not serving us well..."

Little Pink House
Courtroom drama makes dry property rights personal.
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Film Review  May 4, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Little Pink House is not one of the great civil rights movies (it's no Loving or To Kill a Mockingbird), but its slow, steady charm never lets go of the fact that these are people's homes on the line. While eminent domain has become a bugbear of the right, this reframes it as an aspect of gentrification, a core issue for the modern left..."

Sign of the Times?
Plot thickens in Eastside demolition saga
News Story  February 19, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"..."It's disingenuous," Peters said. "The problem is the process of gentrification wasn't working fast enough for these guys, and they couldn't wait the two years left on my clients' lease."..."

On Leaving Dove Springs
A meditation on neighborhood, fear, family, and change
News Story  August 21, 2014, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...The question that seems to be on many people's lips regarding Dove Springs is whether or not it is on an upswing, "turning the corner," "getting better." In a recent conversation, Senior City Planner Margaret Valenti made a nuanced distinction between seeing changes in Dove Springs as "gentrification" or "renaissance." She described gentrification as change that sacrifices the culture of the community, and renaissance as change that enhances that culture. I believe she's onto something when she makes the distinction, but I continue to wonder what "getting better" means in terms of Dove Springs..."

Inside Out ... Outside In
The growing influence of fringe movements on City Hall reflects either a healthy populism or the implosion of civic engagement
News Story  March 2, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...The issue, she believes, comes down to power: who has it and who doesn't. It's the common concern running from the Eastside, pro-affordability, anti-gentrification wing of her campaign team to the Ayn Rand libertarian industrialist wing..."

What's Historic?
Latest arguments over historic zoning sound like déjà vu
News Story  February 26, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...For an issue so focused on history, it's ironic that the current controversy has failed to recall a similar debate over the program from the recent past. Though the 25 cases (and the approximately $400,000 in combined tax breaks) appeared as a sudden shock at the end of 2009, tax breaks for historic landmarks roiled Austin politics throughout the first half of the last decade – driven, at that time, by arguments over gentrification...."

To Marfa, on a Tuesday in December
When high art and hipness move in, what happens to a tiny Texas town?
Arts Story  December 23, 2005, by Dan Keane
"...The weekend's long over, so now we can go ahead and say it: gentrification. It's always a slap, that word, but I'm afraid it's unavoidable here..."

Anybody's Home?
The Texas Documentary Tour: Liz Lambert's 'The Last Days of the San José'
Screens Story  January 7, 2005, by Anne S. Lewis
"...So, in The Last Days of the San José, what we have at the skeletal level is a 90-minute long, Decameron-esque tale of the human underbelly of a real estate deal's unexpected detour, one that ultimately contributed hugely to the gentrification (the "SoCo"-ization, if you will) of South Congress. (Lambert notes that at the time the renovation finally began, the gentrification of the area was well under way, to the point that people were actually complaining that the motel was an eyesore.) On the surface, a seemingly straightforward tale, but oh, the wash of contradictory emotions this doc sets in play and the layers of knotty, unanswerable questions – moral, ethical, sociological – and city planning issues it raises..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 9, 2004
"...City Hall's Smart Growth gentrification-purge of lower-income Austinites has been up and running since 1998. The goal of this development-fueled purge is to remove Austinites from their homes by increasing higher property taxes through "managed" development..."

City Council out to Get Austinites
Postmarks  April 6, 2004
"...Howdy y'all, Re: "Betty Baker Rules" [News, April 2] – "How is it ... so many individual planning decisions come down in favor of asphalt and poured concrete." City Hall's Smart Growth gentrification-purge of lower-income Austinites has been up and running since 1998..."

With Minimal Drama, Saltillo Project Lurches Forward
Capital Metro hires a planner and appoints community advisors for the rail-yard redevelopment
News Story  August 8, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"..."We really don't have any specific ideas about what should happen there," says ROMA principal Jim Adams. What his firm doesn't want to happen in and around the Saltillo District is gentrification and displacement of existing residents and business owners -- a concern shared by Eastside leaders who have been intimately involved in the project..."

Here Comes the Neighborhood
Capital Metro, City Hall, and Eastside neighbors come together to share their hopes -- and fears -- for the Saltillo corridor.
News Story  June 27, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...But now that redevelopment is actually happening, a different question has emerged: Will the current renaissance of redevelopment give the Eastside the economic boost it's been waiting for, or destroy the neighborhood forever?Of ROMA and Rivalry In July, Cap Metro's board of directors will decide whether to award a contract to San Francisco-based ROMA Design Group -- the same consultants behind the city's Seaholm District and Mueller redevelopment plans -- to develop the Saltillo plan. The transit authority hasn't disclosed the identities of other bidders for the contract, worth between $100,000 and $250,000, but has put much energy into assuaging concerns among neighbors who feared a consultant would ignore their viewpoints on issues like gentrification..."

No Quiet on the Eastern Front
The choice for Place 2 presents two approaches to Eastside issues.
News Story  April 18, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...Solutions or Symbolism? Though El Concilio is a neighborhood group and Fernandez a former vice-president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council, his term as chair of the Holly Neighborhood Planning Team went sour after 18 months of work, when he broke with the team and opposed the plan's call to rezone Eastside industrial property (until then, a major goal of El Concilio and its allies). Now, Fernandez thinks neighborhood planning abets gentrification, drives out low-income residents, and lays the groundwork for light rail, which El Concilio has vociferously opposed for years...."

Postmarks
Good cops and bad cops, radio waverings and global warming warnings.
Columns  February 23, 2001
"...Gentrification w/o Representation..."

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