Enrollment Dip Worries Some Teachers, Parents at East Austin Public Schools | January 20, 2014

There is a way to REVERSE this gentrification trend in East Austin as described in this KUT report: Increase affordable housing targeted to young working families in as many open locations surrounding these schools as possible. It's probably infeasible and too late to build big affordable homes on $400,000 big interior lots, but it is not too late to create vibrant culturally diverse neighborhoods on our transit corridors and former light industrial tracts-more like those you'd see on the neighborhood streets of Paris, Barcelona, or Brooklyn. Let's make streets like 7th Street more neighborhood-y with shaded sidewalks, more crosswalks, ground floor mom and pops, varied residential above and interior gardens. And incidentally, this also could reverse the exodus of latino, african american families, and eventually working artists and musicians out of East Austin. Ironically, many East Austin neighborhoods speak out against affordable housing developments in their neighborhoods. Their argument that East Austin is overburdened with affordable housing fails to take into account the extreme lack of it the central city and is a really a veil to hide the real aim to keep the status quo and ensure rising property values of the single-family homes of the haves.