For at least the past three years, warnings about a shift in Central Texas demographics that will demand overarching changes in regional public policy have grown louder. Last week, the latest was sounded by a committee of Austinites looking at the future and searching for recommendations that will work.
The 95-page report released by the Mayor’s Task Force on Aging is loaded with data that has been available for some time but has yet to grab a city that nurtures its image as the center of everything young and hip. We should at long last acknowledge that time catches up to communities as well as individuals and that time is catching up with the Austin area. That acknowledgment is the least we can do, but there is so much more that needs doing to prepare the region’s social and physical infrastructure to get ready for a wave that is no longer coming.
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