Fluoride is poison, a known toxin which is proven to lower IQ and cause permanent brain damage. Many other poisons are put into the public water system along with the fluoride, such as uranium which is proven to cause cancer. It is time to stop the poisoning of the population which costs Austin millions every year to poison the water. The healthcare costs caused by water fluoridation could cost billions yearly along with countless deaths.
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There is lot more traffic with new houses on Braker Ln going south towards downtown. Need two left turn lanes going from Braker Ln south to Dessau Rd. Currently there is one lane for left turn, one for straight traffic going to Shorpshire and one right turn lane, Need to have two left turn lanes and combined one lane for straight and right turn traffic. There are over 1000 homes near Dessau and additional traffic from Sprinkle Cutoff Rd.
I have a chronic concern about a couple of intersections during my morning commute. The first is the intersection at Montopolis and Grove in SE Austin. Going southbound on Montopolis there are two lanes going toward Grove. The left lane is a turn-only lane continuing on Montopolis and the right lane has an option for turning right on Grove or going straight into Austin Energy facility. The problem is that more than 95% of the traffic flow (based on my anecdotal view over the last 7 years) turns left causing deep backups in the left lane while the right lane is hardly used. I have noticed other lanes that allow three options - turn right, left or go straight and would like to request that this option be seriously considered for the southbound right lane on Montopolis. Be observe this scenario for yourself at any time of the day to see my concern. I arrive there approximately at 7:00am in the mornings. My second concern is hopefully a more simple one to address. Going southbound on Montopolis toward Oltorf intersection the light timing is to short compared to the northbound traffic flow on Montopolis. This morning, for example, I noticed the green light lasted for only about 5 seconds while the northbound light (going straight and turning left) was much longer. The current timing of the lights causes major backups going southbound. Also, the left turn signal for the southbound lane is no longer necessary since the VA building is closed. Please observe this situation and make the necessary adjustments. Thank you"
Austin CIty Council is considering waiving over $755,000 in fees and expenses for Police, Fire, EMS, Traffic Control, and Litter services for SXSW 2014. If the resolution is approved, APD will lose $340,000 and the Parks Department will lose over $45,000. These for profit events should share the burden and pay for it. Special Events already consume MONTHS of our Public PArk space (do not dismiss the set up and knock down time required) and the closures for "re-seeding" Zilker Park after events takes weeks. Public Parks are for Austin residents enjoyment; not to be sold off to the highest bidder.
Parks are for people to use. It's where we go to unwind and to forget all of lives problems. Each park has it's own soul defined by it's historical use and the people who fill it. Parks are for all of the citizens in a community to enjoy, not just a few people who want to be completely alone (we have plenty of green space around Austin for this) or for the view of a few people who are fortunate or rich enough to live on it's borders. I've been watching Pease Park closely since they closed the disc golf course, and it's basically empty. Rarely do I ever see anyone in the park except for the joggers and bikers who stay on the trail. There are times when I see people playing volleyball and the occasional group in the field next to the volley ball courts, but over all, the park is not being utilized. There is plenty of open space in the field next to playground that is generally empty as well, except for one day a year when Eeyores invades. Obviously if this space next to the playground and basketball courts begins to be fill, it would make since to re-evaluate the open spaces of the park so there would be enough room for the Saturday tag football game. Until then, the right thing to do is not to keep Pease Park empty, when since the 80's part of the park had a historical use as a disc golf course that was being utilized and enjoyed by thousands of people.
The disc golf course has been in Pease as long as I can remember. I have travelled all over the US… and the course at Pease Park is something people from all over the United States see as synonymous with Austin. I can't tell you how many people have mentioned the basket in the big tree on my travels. The course was popular in Austin before Austin became a big city. It was a big deal to many of the citizens of this Austin long before all the homes along Parkway started being remolded and has been know as a disc golf park for as long as I can remember. Many weekends in the beautiful Austin weather, you would find my sons and I playing the course at Pease Park. At first we might spend as much time on the creek crossings as we did playing the course, but as they grew their love of the game and skill levels grew too. When I hurt my back in 2005, I began playing early in the morning and at night in the summer. My presence helped to run off the drug users under the bridge and the gay couples who would use the park for illicit rendezvous. I can only imagine what the park would have become had we not been there to help take care of it and give it a constant, vigilant presence.
Austin already has no lack of open spaces that are not being utilized. Go walk through Duncan Park right down the street from Pease (only the homeless), check out the park along Waller Creek off 12th between Trinity and Red River, walk along Festival Beach or the acres and acres of unused park along the river off of Pleasant Valley Road. These are all areas that have no historical use in Austin that are underutilized. Do we really need to add Pease Park to that list of open space that gets an occasional use?
I attended an event at the park that included the city parks department and others right before they took out the disc golf course. It's where I purchased my Peace Park Conservatory t-shirt. During that meeting the city guys confirmed that people playing disc golf had not been the reason for creek or bank erosion and said that the course could be reinstalled after they finished work on utilities. There were some areas of the park where the grass gets trampled by disc golf users… but parks are meant to be used, not just lie vacant for the enjoyment of a few. No one has recommended taking out the play ground because the grass around it gets trampled by the kids. With good planning the disc gold course could be continued to be enjoyed by thousands of Austinites and visitors to Austin without causing any serious damage.
There are many good people who have been in Austin a long time who do not want to see the course go. In the video "PPC Final 2013 Oct2 v1 - Pease Park Master Plan 2013", they mention that "A master plan can protect the park by keeping out unwanted intrusions, political changes and even leadership changes. It gives people that chance to have a defensible document saying "This is what's here" ". The disc gold course is that thing that defines part of Pease Park. It is the thing that people with self serving interest are trying to intrude in (an unwanted intrusion) and change to match their vision of the park instead of allowing the park to be for Austin what's it's always been. Choosing to keep the disc course out so we can have more vacant space in Austin is not in the best interest of Austin as a whole, but only in the interest of a few.
I do hope you will share my comments at the planning meeting later this month and will share them with others who are choosing to decide the fate of one of Austin's great landmarks. Most people don't think of Pease Park as a landmark…… but in the disc golf community all over the world… it is!
statue commission request for John Lomax musicologist who surpassed racial barriers in the name of art and music to preserve early music that changed modern rock & roll. This is a pure investment for the live music capital of the world.* He attended UT in the early 1900's. Please make this happen.
North Oak neighborhood park sits empty waiting for children to use it. Apartment complex right across the street and surrounded by housing neighborhood and it sits empty. Funding needed to improve playground.
Austin is no skate friendly. It's very difficult to find a roller skating rink for kids. I moved 6 months ago here and no luck finding one. Only no free venues and skate parks for teenagers that practice extreme skateboarding and Veloway is not really appropiate for kids, it's not flat or smooth. The city needs rinks for kids and parents!!!!.
I live in the Ashton Woods neighborhood near Howard Lane and McNeil Drive, just West of Mopac and the Howard MetroRail Station. I love being so close to the commuter rail station. I'm so close, in fact that I can see it accross the field from my front door. Unfortunately, however, there is no way for me to safely walk to the train station.
My proposal has two facets:
1) Install a gravel walking path one side of McNeil Drive on the roughly 1500 meter stretch between Howard Lane and the Southbound Mopac frontage road.
2) Continue the existing sidewalk along Howard lane that ends just west of the train station to continue to McNeil Drive.
1) Connect Ashton Woods and other neighborhoods on McNeil to the train station allowing pedestrian and bike modes of transportation.
2) Free up space in the Howard Station Park N Ride. Most weekdays the Howard Station parking lot runs out of standard parking spaces resulting in cars parking along the driveways. As the popularity of the metrorail rises, the space will not be sufficient. Allowing pedestrian access will invenvitable reduce parking demand. 3) Allow a safer walking trail for pedestirans. Currently many people with dogs walk along McNeil, but given the blind curves and no road shoulder, it is dangerous and discourages pedestrians.