12 Reasons You as a Single Family Homeowner Should Support Density

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?

  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?[…]

Affordable Neighborhoods – Be Careful of “Expert” Advice

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[…]

Erasing Lines

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[…]

Affordability – Just do what’s right and do what works

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[…]