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I have lived in Austin for the past 18 years. I have seen it grow and change dramatically. About 3 years ago, I purchased my first house just shy of North Lamar and 183. Until then, I lived mostly centrally, enjoying the parks, sidewalks, pools, and the neighborhoods where I resided in general. However, over the past few years I often ask myself: Am I still in Austin? 

The City's blatant disregard for my new neighborhood amazes and disheartens me!  Even though we are just 10 miles from downtown, we lack sidewalks through our streets, a neighborhood park, pool, or even the consideration of a water park. I see families each weekend construct make shift parks out of empty lots that are scattered with litter, abandoned cars, and surrounded by prostitutes and drug dealers sitting on many a corner. The police's lack of visibility continues to let my neighborhood collapse within itself. The city's segregated development plan focuses mainly on Downtown and the ever popular East and South Austin areas.

WE ARE AUSTIN TOO! We have so much culture to offer in this small and neglected part of town! If the city could  begin to take baby steps so to include our neighborhood too, it would only benefit the whole. Austin is rapidly running out of hip and cool locations to build and develop. People flock to our city in the 100s. Isn't it time to start focusing our development plans on the neighborhoods outside the urban core? The other parts of Austin proper? 

2 Votes Acknowledged

Ever picked up someone at Austin ABIA airport? Most people do not want to park their car in the garage and go inside to pick up visiting family/friends/business associates. Most other cities have cell phone lots located near the entrance to the airport where drivers wait until their "cargo" is ready to be picked up. Anyone who has driven through the pick up area only to find their visitors are not quite at the curb at the right time knows what I mean. Austin needs a cell phone lot.

44 Votes Completed

We need a smoother, faster public transport system overall, but in particular there need to be more bus lines serving SW Austin.  We should have increased bus service into the later hours as well for those who work night shifts and those who work late in food and entertainment (bars, 24 hour restaurants, etc). 

29 Votes Referred

Idea: Dog Park

Alfie x over 6 years ago

Most/all of the Austin City off-leash dog parks are West of IH-35. In addition to underserving the East side the city created the Mueller neighborhood - an additional 10,000 residents plus non-residents who use the beautiful parks there and did NOT include an off-leash area at Mueller. This is a much needed amenity.

13 Votes Under Review
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2nd Street is great but could be truly magnificient if made a pedestrian only street from Congress all the way to the Seaholm Power Plant (once 2nd street is extended all the way through of course). Denver has done this very successfully with the 16th Street mall (see photo) and created a wonderful pedtestrian shopping and dining environment free of cars. Austin has a very unique opportunity to do the same thing!  

51 Votes Completed
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The trail could easily support a new loop by creating a "fork" from the point where the trail nears the Zilker sand volleyball courts, then cut straight south along Stratford Drive along the western edge of the Great Lawn, then turning east along the north side of Barton Springs Road and then connecting once again to where the trail meets at the Barton Creek footbridge. This new loop would be great for runners and would relieve some congestion on a very busy part of the trail near Zilker. Finally, along that new loop trail, add a new coffee/food pavilion and bathrooms along the far western edge of the lawn where a small parking lot exists now. Great place for families to sit and watch kids play on the lawn while enjoying a coffee and a fanastic view of the skyline. 

25 Votes Acknowledged

Provide incentives to businesses that allow their employees to work at home or that allow their employees to start the work day at times other than rush hour.

46 Votes Acknowledged

It is an unnecessary expense at this time.  It won't be needed for another decade and if we increased water conservation efforts, we could accomplish the goal of having enough water for current and future residents.

31 Votes Acknowledged

Google PowerMeter is a free energy monitoring tool that helps you save energy and money. Using energy information provided by utility smart meters and energy monitoring devices, Google PowerMeter enables you to view your home's energy consumption from anywhere online. And it's FREE.

31 Votes Not Planned

This site gives you no ability to change your vote (if you clicked on something accidentally). I also don't see a help section where I would normally submit these types of requests.

4 Votes Completed