One of America’s Leading Experts on Zoning Lives in Austin. Why Won’t City Hall Listen to Him?

Avatar
Community Not Commodity

No Austinite knows more about city planning and municipal zoning than Jim Duncan. Duncan is the former president of the American Planning Association and former head of Austin’s planning department, and as a private consultant he has helped more than 200 cities across the nation successfully rewrite their land codes. During Austin’s last major land-code ...

Stop City Hall From Making Another Affordable-Housing Blunder

Avatar
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

Avatar
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 ...