Stop City Hall From Making Another Affordable-Housing Blunder

Community Not Commodity

This Thursday, our city council members are poised to do something unbelievable. If they accept the municipal staff’s recommendations, they will award two affordable-housing projects to a pair of arts groups that have no experience in the field. If they do so, they will be passing over East Austin’s Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC), which ...

When It Comes to Displacement, City Hall Isn’t Putting Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

Fred Lewis

Last week, City of Austin officials proudly proclaimed they had passed a transformative, progressive budget for 2021—a $4.2 billion package where equity “encompasses the full breadth of city services and functions,” to borrow a line from its introduction. Unfortunately, those words ring hollow when it comes to fighting the displacement of Austin’s current residents, one ...