I’m not big on conspiracy theories.
Call me naive, but I tend to accept people’s motives and actions, including those of politicians and bureaucrats, as essentially well-intentioned until proven otherwise. And this is true of the several-year effort by city of Austin officials to make Austin more walkable, bike-able and bus-able by widening and beautifying sidewalks (mostly downtown), adding bike lanes (pretty much everywhere), installing reverse-angle parking (several places) and building new rapid bus stations that jut out into the street.
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