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America’s cognitive elites and many media pundits believe high-density development will dominate the country’s future.
That could be so, but, if it is the case, also expect far fewer Americans — and far more rapid aging of the population.
This trend has already begun to affect Austin, where downtown is now less than 5% children and where the city is seeing enrollment at AISD dropping:
“When (Garreau) wrote his book, MexAmerica ended at San Antonio. If he wrote the book now, it would end at Austin.”
Although largely about East Austin, this article also talks about the challenges facing Hispanics and Latinos in Austin:
Henry and his longtime confederate Dave Dobbs — they publish something called Light Rail Now! — have since been joined by an array of rail supporters in opposing the city ballot item, which will appear before voters as city Proposition 1.... Why? They say that the city route will produce disappointing ridership numbers, thus generating even less revenue than transit normally does (all U.S. transit requires substantial tax subsidies for operations and maintenance costs) and starving Capital Metro of money for bus operations or other rail. They say the process was biased toward producing a route congenial to development and UT interests, not one designed principally to enhance the city’s transportation network.
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Stayton asked the candidates if they supported Prop. 1 rail funding, what they thought about criticisms of the project, such as its cost and location, and how they would solve the city’s traffic woes.
Council Member Martinez, who is also board chair of Capital Metro, said, “My transportation record is unmatched by any candidate in this race.”... “Public transportation is a key component of affordability,” he said.
...Cole also said she supports Prop. 1, calling it imperative to move the project forward. She said despite criticisms, a citizens committee recommended the route, which would run from East Riverside Drive to Austin Community College Highland Campus in North Austin, with stops at the convention center, the Capitol and University of Texas.
Adler, an attorney who served as chief of staff and general counsel for state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso), said he supports the rail, but he is frustrated that concerns about its cost and location still exist.
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Houston power couple and collectors Charles and Judy Tate have donated a whopping 120 works of contemporary and modern art from Latin America to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin. They also donated $1 million to endow a position for a curator of Latin American art, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Austin Business Journal Editor Colin Pope says Interactions Corporation plans to hire 1,000 during an expansion of its offices on Interstate-35 near Rundberg.
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That road funding language has generated further controversy, since City officials are openly considering incurring additional debt in the form of certificates of obligation, which don't require a popular vote. The resulting $1 billion of debt ($600 million urban rail GO bonds plus $400 million of certificates of obligation for road projects) is expected to require substantial property tax increases, thus angering many Austin property owners. The increase for most average homeowners is estimated in the range of $150-$200 per year.