Austin neighborhood activist Daniel Llanes recently penned an opinion article in the American-Statesman with fellow activist Susana Almanza, objecting to a proposed urban farm ordinance and saying it would enable landowners to convert single-family lots to commercial purposes.
Speaking to pressures on East Austin, Llanes wrote: “In 2000, during the creation of our Neighborhood Plan, more than 600 properties were rezoned from industrial and commercial to residential. This transformed this neighborhood, and today it is a downtown neighborhood considered to be one of the most desirable in the nation. These neighborhoods, and the people of color in them, have made lemonade out of the lemon(s) despite a historic racism that has endured for almost 90 years. The result is that 78702 is the second-most gentrified ZIP code in the entire country.”
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Statement: “78702 is the second-most gentrified ZIP code in the entire country.”