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Ron DiGiaim at September 19, 2016 at 5:52pm CDT

The congestion from Steiner and river place onto 620 and 2222 is huge. Appears to be really city planning in a very high tax bracket.

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People are in mortal danger walking or biking on that road, mostly trying to get to the grocery store from surrounding neighborhoods. Meanwhile, cut through traffic is zooming out of control and there is no way to get to any kind of park or away from cars. It is already in the long range plan but it needs to be moved up to immediately.

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Second-hand smoke is a terrible health risk. Patrons like myself often prefer to sit in outdoor areas but are either forced to deal with smoke or stay inside highly refrigerated establishments. If we have pets with us, indoors is not an option. Even if one buys the premise / economic argument that banning smoking hurts business for bars and cafes, is this how Austin wants to deal with the enormous health risks presented by smoking, and encourage in its citizenry, many of them quite young, the development of lifelong poor habits. In cities such as Boston, Portland, and Ottawa Canada, smoking bans have been extremely effective at raising quality of life. If necessary to compromise, banning smoking at least before nightlife hours, e.g. before 7pm, would go a long way toward protecting patrons like myself and, especially, children. Here are a few articles worth reading : https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0327.htm; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24529192 ; http://www.who.int/fctc/publications/Smoke_free_policies_FINAL_09052014.pdf ; http://austin.eater.com/2016/7/21/12251040/smoke-ban-patios-austin-bars-restaurants ; https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260217578_Systematic_review_and_meta-analysis_of_the_economic_impact_of_smoking_bans_in_restaurants_and_bars ;

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Basel, Switzerland and a number of other cities have a hospitality tax that is paid on any overnight stay at a hotel, motel, short term rental, etc. Each guest receives a pass that gives unlimited access to public transit options for the time of the stay. This increases ridership, promotes sustainable methods of getting around, keeps car off the roads (especially ones with people who don't know their way around), and it helps subsidize the public transit networks for those who live here full-time.

Keep grass, weeds, trees and shrubs trimmed along sidewalks. The city currently does not comply with it's own ordinance (City of Austin Code 10-5, Article 2) requires that grass and weeds be maintained below 12 inches.

I would like to see the city take initiative and fix potholes and bad roads without being prompted. I understand you can call 311 to get potholes fixed within 24 hours. That does not mean the responsibility of fixing roads should be transferred to the citizen. Take some initiative austin and fix the countless BAD roads in this city that are messing up my car. Riverside drive alone has so many potholes and uneven raised surfaces. I am paying a monthly charge in my utility bill every month for roads yet you do nothing. Please and thank you!

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In all these policy discussions, we should get beyond "there ought to be a law." Rules need to be enforced, which bring all sorts of costs, rarely outweighed by any fines levied. So slow down speeders with speed bumps, encourage cross-walk use with pedestrian bump-outs, etc. In other words, provide some immediate, obvious benefit to the individual for the desired behavior, rather than a low probability risk of rule enforcement fines. The same applies to building codes, event procedures, et al. Figure out ways to reward good behavior, not just ways to rule and try to punish bad behavior.

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Les do this

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A recent KUT article http://kut.org/post/proposal-calls-hotel-tax-revenue-support-more-tourist-affected-destinations

".. Austin residents are no strangers to big events, but all those visitors can take a toll on the city’s infrastructure .. A lot of these things are things that we’re currently funding through property taxes, so if hotel occupancy taxes can be used, then it can relieve some pressure on the general fund and ultimately help lower property taxes .."

Amen to that .. when your property tax is DOUBLE your Federal Income Tax, something is out of whack

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