A year after Austin police landed a $1 million federal grant to target crime in North Austin, prostitutes are still trolling for customers near Rundberg Lane and Interstate 35, drug dealers continue to conduct their business, and statistics show reported crime hasn’t changed much in the neighborhoods within the Restore Rundberg initiative.
And after the top police official and the top researcher left the project midyear — neighborhood leaders say they still don’t know why the researcher was replaced — the new leaders say they know they’ll have to work to gain, or regain, the trust of some in the community.
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Dave Harmon has reported and edited for the Statesman since 1995, covering criminal courts, county government, the Texas-Mexico border and the Legislature before joining the investigative team. He earned a statewide journalism award in the late 1990s for a three-day series about an anti-crime initiative in Northeast Austin.
Life and crime in Rundberg area
- Median income is just over $21,000. Rents are mostly in the $400 to $750 per month range, and a third of residents live in poverty.
- Nearly two-thirds of residents speak a language other than English
- 9 percent of Austin’s crime happens in the area, which covers just 2 percent of the city’s footprint.
- One of every three prostitution arrests in Austin occurs there.
Read previous articles about Restore Rundberg with this story online at mystatesman.com.