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Many people agree that the city needs a system of single-member districts for electing members of the city council.  The problem with single member districts is that politicians will gerrymander the district boundaries to empower themselves and the special interests that support them.  That is just human nature, and the type of people who become politicians is not going to change.

The only way to prevent gerrymandering is to write a law that makes it impossible.  The district boundaries will have to be determined in a way that cannot be influenced by people.  This could be done with mathematical formulas that divide the city into areas with equal population.  An election to change the city charter would then be required before the formula could be changed.

The obvious problem with using a formula to determine district boundaries is that the boundaries will split neighborhoods and combine areas with competing interests.  In my opinion that would be better than allowing politicians to make those decisions.  It would be no worse than the at-large system we have now.

The only way I could vote for single-member districts is if a formula is used that prevents politicians from influencing the boundaries.  I am afraid that many of the politicians who favor single-member districts at this time would oppose the change if the opportunities for gerrymandering were removed.

20 Votes In Progress

As someone who lives up in Walnut Crossing a good half hour drive from the hazardous waste disposal site, we find our neighborhood reluctant to haul down there for a few batteries or a can of old motor oil.  While we are trying to pool efforts, it would be REALLY HELPFUL if we could have some haz waste drop off points perhaps at fire stations.  All it would need be is a small garden shed where things can accumulate for a couple of weeks and then be delivered to the main facility.  I would volunteer to drive the material, but having a place to accumulate it legally is a bottleneck that only the city can help with.

18 Votes Planned

This site is brand new and already feels cluttered because the laundry list of ideas is so random. The splash page should allow you to focus on looking at/posting ideas within some broad categories such as "City Services" "Transportation" "Parks and Rec" "Business/Development" etc. so one does not have to wade through hundreds of themes that may be of no interest.

46 Votes Under Review

Hs Hs over 6 years ago

Studies upon studies have shown harmful effects fluroide has on human brains. In fact, 18 human studies from China, India, Iran, and Mexico finding elevated levels of fluoride exposure to be associated with IQ deficits in children. Fluoride's impact on IQ is exacerbated among children with low-iodineexposure. Several recent studies have found that even adult exposures to fluoride may result in central nervous system disturbances, particularly among industrial workers.  (source: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/brain/) It is time for the City of Austin to act to protect us from this toxic chemical that was purposedly added to our drinking water.

71 Votes Acknowledged

Update Austin Bike Share is now open! Austin B-Cycle launched on December 21, 2013 with 11 stations in the Downtown area and will quickly expand to 40 stations by March 1, 2014. Find bike share locations and sign up

A managed bike share system should be an integral part of the transit discussion.  For distances of less than one-mile, these are cost-effective systems of getting urban-Austinites and visitors where they want to get to.  The utility of these systems grows with number of stations.  A large bike sharing network is also a superb recreational and tourist amenity.

Examples in use:
1) BIXI - http://www.bixi.com/the-stations
2) B-Cycle - http://www.bcycle.com
3) Nice Ride - https://www.niceridemn.org 

Targeting the following city departments, and possible stakeholders
1) Austin Transportation Dept
2) Economic Growth & Redevelopment Office
3) CapMetro
4) Austin Chamber of Commerce 
5) Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

178 Votes Completed

Phil Phil over 6 years ago

To get a real idea of how visitors to the this website feel about the suggestions, there should also be a button to vote against.

73 Votes Not Planned

Currently it's a long way between the water fountain near Lakeshore and Riverside and the next fountain at Pleasant Valley and Canterbury Street. At least one more fountain at Lakeshore and Pleasant Valley would be nice.

14 Votes Acknowledged