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There is currently zero lighting beneath I-35 at the Holly St. crossing.  Adding lighting would increase safety, security and visibility in an area that is experiencing a major increase in pedestrian and cyclist traffic between downtown and East Austin.

9 Votes Under Review

The pedestrian hike and bike trail and parking area beneath I-35 at Town Lake is sketchy after dark.  Adding lighting would help increase security and decrease prostitution and car break-ins.

13 Votes Under Review

Katie Friedman over 6 years ago

My husband made the brilliant point that while 90% of our trash could be recycled, the recycling is only picked up every other week, while our regular trash, barely full, is picked up every week. wouldn't it be more efficient (not to mention, intice those who are not avid recyclers) to do it the other way around? especially if this city is really committed to environmental concerns.

31 Votes Under Review

Many cities across the world have began to fill in their bike lanes with bright colored paint; usually blue or green. This would be used to increase drivers awareness of bicycle lanes. In cities such as Portland, these lanes have been proven to reduce the amount of bicycle-car collisions; specifically at intersections.

Please see link that shows this enacted in Portland. (http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?a=58842&c=34772)

R.I.P Andrew Runciman

102 Votes Under Review

Andr Suissa over 6 years ago

I'm a local commercial real estate appraiser that is well acquainted with real estate, construction, and financing.  I’m also active in the neighborhood. 

 Four groups are being dragged into the parking problem:  the city, the Rainey residents, outside visitors, and the MACC.  The city has arranged for the MACC to do a parking study.  We have been told that in order for them to build a parking lot on their surface lot, it will cost at least $600,000 to raise the existing electrical poles that are above their surface lot (or millions if they are buried).  Further, parking structures are rarely economically feasible without another use attached to it.  A MACC official stated while they are happy to provide a valuable community service, they would prefer not to have to get involved with parking as it will detract from their primary activities and goals.  Residents are in fury about the MACC building a concrete garage on that site given it’s proximity to the lake and the number of residents that will have their condo values effected by ugly views of a parking garage.  Finally, outside visitors would have to walk through an alleyway and around homes to get to the bars and restaurants in the neighborhood.

I propose the city do a public/private venture with the developer who owns the 25,000 SF site off of Rainey across from the MACC.  The idea would be to allocate funds to build a structured parking facility with ground floor commercial space with the developer leasing and/or selling the parking area back to the city.  The developer would end up putting in good commercial product (office/retail space hopefully anchored by a nice sized grocery store).  Since public money is involved, the city will work with the neighborhood to provide input on architectural control items such as noise, landscaping, design, etc. to make an improvement that blends in with the neighborhood and will not deteriorate the future tax base.  I strongly feel this developer would be open to working with the city on some agreement.  This city would save money when it’s in the $9.8 million budget shortfall, the residents would have more commercial services in the neighborhood, a significant parking demand would be met for outside visitors and residents’ guests, the MACC doesn’t have to manage a garage and go on planning events, and the surrounding tax base/values could potentially increase from added neighborhood support services.


16 Votes Acknowledged

It would be neat to take the Town Lake trail and run an extra 3-4 miles as a loop into downtown.  Allow the trail to run by cafes and restaurants that are runner/walker friendly for refreshments and hangouts.

12 Votes Under Review

There are sections of S. 1st, S. Congress, and S. Lamar between Riverside and 290 where there are no options to cross the street for several blocks. I constantly see pedestrians (some even in wheelchairs) jay walking on these major streets because there is no option within a reasonable distance for them to cross. This is dangerous for EVERYONE. Also, making these areas more walkable will improve accessibility to businesses in the area. I realize that naysayers will comment on the potential impact on traffic, but if it saves someone from being killed, it's worth it. Plus, residents and tourists alike have already proven that they want these areas to be pedestrian-friendly. 

26 Votes In Progress

The City of Austin offers same-sex domestic partner benefits to its employees, so I assummed when I was creating my profile for this speakupaustin! website that "domestic partner" would be option I could pick under marital status.  I think this website is a great idea and I want to contribute to it, but i also want my marital status to be recognized.  Please add this option to the pull down list.

24 Votes Completed

The patents on seeds are a mistake by our patent office.  They should  not have been created and our courts should not have maintained the patents through to second generation seeds. These two groups failed because they did not understand the issues.  We should locally make it a law that we will ignore those patients.  It would help some of our local farmers from lawsuit.  

16 Votes Acknowledged

This would be both cultivated trees and native wild trees.  We could work with groups like tree folk and urban orchards to find good locations and plant the trees.One prime location for native fruit trees would be all the green areas around the S. Lamar and 360 interchange.  We could plant Mexican Plum, Texas Persimmon, and Escarpment Cherry. 

56 Votes In Progress