Viewpoints: New panel could yield insight on zoning, gentrification


When the Austin City Council returns from its July break, it will take up a proposal by Mayor Steve Adler to create a task force to look into the factors that drive residents from their neighborhoods in search of new places to live.

It’s a bold idea, which if done right would help Austin navigate vexing challenges the city faces from rapid growth and the vestiges of segregation and gentrification.

Without a focus on displacement, even well-intentioned policies aimed at helping families stay in their neighborhoods and schools could go awry with unintended consequences that decrease affordable housing stock and force low- and moderate-income families out of the central city — if not out of Austin altogether. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING.



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