It feels like when we submit ideas on here they just go into the ether. Please explain what the different stages are from idea submission all the way to adoption. Thanks!
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Have a public campaign comparable to the highly successful 'Dont Mess With Texas.' The slogan for this problem could be 'Love Austin? Stub Your Butts!'
A food desert is an area where residents are living without nearby access to healthy foods. Generally this means there is no supermarket or similiar market selling fresh produce and meat and residents resort to buying mostly processed foods from convenience stores and fast food. There are huge areas of East and South Austin that are defined as 'food deserts' by the USDA. A lot of the problem in eliminating these food deserts is the residents of the desert who can drive are often driving out of the area to the nearest supermarkt to buy their groceries. The big supermarket chains are unwilling to expand inside of the food desert because doing so will lower business at the locations that the residents go to to buy groceries. This leaves those without access to cars or even public transportation to the nearest supermarket to have to purchase the limited selection in local convenience stores or fast food. This leads to obesity and all sorts of otherwise preventable health issues. I really think this is an embarrasing problem for a city where Whole Foods was founded.
I'm really not sure what can be done specifically to address this issue. Maybe legislation to encourage or even give tax breaks for starting a market within a food desert? Maybe requiring future commercial developement within a food desert to have to include a supermarket? It would encourage business developement, I think. Or in Chicago, they converted a bus to become a mobile produce store inside their food deserts. I just think it is a problem that must be addressed and would be agreeable to any effective solution.
can you actually imagine our earth being littered with a bunch of plastic water bottles in our yards,curbs,highways. well it just became reality. i walked 1/4 mile to the neighborhood park and saw 25 empty water bottles,no joke. something is wrong with that picture. we should stop supporting these big companies that sell em. all it is is purified tap water. which you can get right at your home.Yeah its convinient but a lot of money to waste not to mention the company stealing water and just reselling it. just take two seconds to fill up a reusable container with water will save you a lot of money and save the earth.
in many intersections around Austin, traffic lights won't change unless a vehicle is detected. Unfortunately, bicycles and scooters are not massive enough to trigger signal changes. I personally experience this every day on my commute: I have to get off my scooter and walk over to the traffic light pole to push the pedestrian's button in order to get the light to change. This is an improper and potentially dangerous action for me to take, but it beats a) waiting for a car to come so the detection happens or b) running a red light.
I know that technology to detect scooters and bicycles exists. Disclaimer: I actually work in the intelligent traffic system industry. I won't disclose my employer so as not to influence any particular purchase.
The Milwood Branch of the Austin Public Library is one of the busiest in the city and is bursting at the seams to accommodate an ever growing population in the area. It was never built to its planned size and it shows.
However, there is plenty of land for expansion and the city should prioritize the expansion of this branch into a regional hub for the next bond election. Our part of Austin up north has NO civic space aside from the tiny meeting room at the library, and the creation of full library/cultural center along the lines of the Carver Library is something the residents of our area deserve and have been dreaming about for a decade. A place we can have candidate forums, art exhibits, and enough room for books and meetings.
The residents are ready to help with planning efforts immediately to get things rolling, we just need the city and the Friends of the Library to get onboard and put this on the bond referendum.
Both directions of traffic on Mopac was backed up around 8:45 this morning (7/6) from the Cesar/5th Street exit all the way to 45th street. I figured there was a wreck. Nope! A police officer had a car pulled over on the left shoulder at the Cesar Chavez/ 5th Street split causing onlooker delay. APD: Why not ask the car you are pulling over to take the next Mopac exit in order to write them a ticket? This gets them off of Mopac, creates a safer environment for the officer to exit his/her vehicle, and prevents onlooker delay during rush hour!
Allow citizens wishing to speak before City Council on an agenda issue to sign up to speak on-line. Currently the only way to accomplish this is to come to City Hall in person, and sign up on one of the kiosks in the lobby or with the City Clerk's representative (when City Council is in session). This method is very inconvenient, and can be greatly improved.
Allow citizens wishing to speak at City Council meetings to sign-up on-line.
The Domain is part of the North Burnet/Gateway development plan, and as such is governed by a plan that mandates and requires bike and pedestrian access. So far this has been all lip service and no action.
Three years ago WXNA proposed to The Domain and the COA that an abandoned underpass under Mopac that parallels the train tracks be turned into a bike/ped access point to the Domain. The COA bike folks embraced the idea, but thus far The Domain has not been forthcoming to develop the pitifully short distance between its fence and the parking lot or to at least remove the fence.
If the management of the Domain can be motivated to do its very small part, and the COA help out with some signage and minor improvements, this access point can be a done deal in months.
Here is a summary of the proposed path (it has a googledoc redirect and loads slow because of images, but lays out the path pretty plainly):