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A well designed flag is important to people who desire a banner to rally under. That sense of connection, that a well designed flag can impart, is priceless,. For example, just look at what Chicago's city flag has done for their citizenry.

Currently, the Austin City flag is what the vexillological community would call a "SOB," a seal on a bed sheet. It speaks to poor design and a lack of creativity. Words should not be on the flag, as the symbolism should speak louder. Please refer to this TED talk for a better understanding of flag design, and note that Austin is an example of bad flag design in the talk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/roman_mars_why_city_flags_may_be_the_worst_designed_thing_you_ve_never_noticed

I know it doesn't seem like a crucial issue, but it is one that is easily redeemed and could pay larger dividends with respect to city pride; in other words, my suggestion offers a lot more reward than risk. Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.

Sincerely, Austin Routt

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We would've passed comprehensive light rail in 2000 had it been a municipal vote rather than countywide, and that's probably not going to change -- why would the rest of Travis County pay for us to have light rail? Perhaps we can reorganize CapMetro to be municipal rather than countywide so that we can finally pass light rail as a city without the rest of the county voting it down.

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I understand transparency and the need to tell the average voter what their taxes are being spent on. What I don't understand is giving the media every bit of information available - when that could endanger our city personnel. Case in point: New ballistics vests for APD. Nuff said, no justification is necessary. But no, not enough! Anyone that brings a rifle to the party is not acting on impulse, and they believe they can use that greater accuracy and power to further whatever fanatical ideology is driving them. In short, they are thinking and planning. And we just told these people where not to aim. I pray this does not come back to haunt us.

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I urge the city of Austin to condemn the president's executive order to put a hold on immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries. Our economy depends on innovation, much of which is generated by foreign-born engineers and business people. I have worked in various high tech companies, with a high proportion of people from the targeted countries. I can say without a doubt that product developement would go much slower without their contributions.

Can we get no left turns on westbound 3rd from Trinity to Guadalupe? Traffic is blocked by the lead car trying to make a left and if lucky only 1 car gets through per green. The bike lane curb traps all traffic behind the lead car.

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Reprogram pedestrian walk signal, so that all pedestrians are walking at the same time. Not when vehicles are given the green light to turn, but cannot because vehicles have to yield to pedestrians. Then the green arrow changes and maybe one vehicle made a successful turn. This will greatly improve the traffic conditions downtown and campus area.

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Robert Rivera, Just a local resident of this beautiful city. 4 months ago
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Dear Public Works :

To reduce traffic fatalities in the city of Austin I feel we need merge lane signs. Austin, Texas is the only city I have been to in America where I have not seen any merge lane signs or symbols on the road that indicate a lane is merging. I feel the lack of merge lane signs is a public safety issue and threat to motorist.

I have lived in Austin only a year and I have witnessed many horrible accidents on the road simple due to the fact no warning or indicator exist that a lane is going to merge. The lack of signs and transparency of a merging lane creates a tense atmosphere on the highways and streets of Austin especially when its raining and all of a sudden lanes merge at high speeds with no notice.

The city of Austins population is still growing and with this come more accidents. The lack of merge lane signs poses harm to the families and the people of Austin and I hope this issue in the future will be confronted so we can keep our streets safe.I do not mean to step on anyone's toes but I feel that if we do not tackle this issue that in the future we could be creating more of a work load for fire dept. EMS and police as the population grows in these next few years.

While there is money to be made in accidents for the city and state and federal government and the corporations running hospitals we should never compromise the safety of drivers for a mere buck. If there is a lack of road improvement I feel that our contributory negligence to these road hazards will one day stain the conscious of those that knew they could of worked more to protect our community. Respectively submitted.

Sincerely,

Robert Rivera

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