Austin is proud — even smug, some say — of its reputation as the state’s most progressive city. From the tree protection ordinance the City Council passed in 1983 to the paid parental leave policy it approved last month — both the first such measures in Texas — it has cruised the leading edge of environmental and social issues.
But a University of Texas study released last week documents a surprising divergence from that activist stance: the city’s longstanding failure to enact adequate policies to protect its citizens from substandard conditions in rental housing, where more than half its population lives.
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Special Report: Read findings of the Statesman’s investigation of inadequate building code enforcement
Interactive: Locations of high-complaint properties
Video: Tenants tell their stories
UT study: Link to full text of research report