FREE TO JOIN
No membership dues ever. We want to be as open as possible and part of that is reducing barriers to membership.
INCLUSIVE AND AFFORDABLE
Austin’s neighborhoods should contain a variety of housing options at a wide range of price points, so that they are accessible to as many of Austin’s citizens as possible.
SOCIAL EQUITY – AN AUSTIN FOR EVERYONE
Our comprehensive plan says that Austin wants to be a beacon of social equity, yet our neighborhoods currently provide the highest level of economic segregation in the country. That must change.
A VOICE BASED ON MERIT, NOT POLITICS
Our elected officials too often make decisions based on political impacts, rather than on what is right and what works. We will have a voice at city hall that is grounded in what is right and ethical and in what is best for our entire community, rather than what is best for a particular interest group.
Austin’s (Not So) Secret Shame I used to be proud to tell people I was from Austin, Texas. That pride has unfortunately turned to disappointment and shame. Beginning in 2009 I became heavily involved in the process of writing a new comprehensive plan for the city I loved. The new plan would be called “Imagine Read more about Austin’s (Not So) Secret Shame[…]
12 Reasons You As A Homeowner Should Support More Density Austin sprawled worse than any other major American city between 2000 and 2010. We are now restricting new housing supply and densification of Austin’s core so badly that in just 66 months (Jan 2012 to June 2017) the median price of a single family Read more about 12 Reasons You as a Single Family Homeowner Should Support Density[…]
WHAT ARE YOU REALLY FIGHTING FOR? An open letter to those advocating for “neighborhood preservation” Austin is currently engaged in a hugely important internal debate. In the media that debate is often characterized as “neighborhood preservationists” vs “density advocates”. If forced to choose one of those two labels, it would be “density advocate”. I Read more about WHAT ARE YOU REALLY FIGHTING FOR?[…]
Neighborhood Affordability? Simple, really. All we need to do is to look to common sense, doing what’s right and what has already worked – forget the “experts”, and forget trying to find the solution in other cities that are failing to solve the problem. I recently attended two separate widely covered and well-attended meetings relating Read more about Affordable Neighborhoods – Be Careful of “Expert” Advice[…]
I’d like to talk for a moment about erasing the lines that divide Austin. In 1928 Austin drew a line through itself that deliberately separated two groups: blacks and whites. By 1932 the line drawing had been completely successful. Austin was 100% segregated. Today some people, including elected officials, are advocating drawing more lines, including Read more about Erasing Lines[…]
Do We Want Affordability? Transit? Fairness? Then We Must Support Density. Austin sprawled worse than any other major American city between 2000 and 2010. We are now restricting new housing supply and densification of Austin’s core so badly (mostly in the form of excessive city government regulation) that in just 42 months (Jan 2012 to Read more about The Benefits of Density[…]
Let’s do what’s right and what works when it comes to affordable neighborhoods Austin neighborhoods used to be affordable. We used to routinely put fairly dense, affordable forms of housing (mostly small and medium sized apartment buildings) into our neighborhoods, and for the most part, no one complained. And by the late 1980’s Austin was Read more about Affordability – Just do what’s right and do what works[…]