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I awoke at 7am to the sounds of loud drilling machinery and trucks beeping this Saturday on the property directly across the street. After a week of work and working with a mild case of PTSD, the idea of enduring 1-2 years of this is very distressing. After some research, it seems that Austin has one of the least progressive policies on residential construction noise. There is a cost to quality of life with this obsession with building multiple houses on tiny lots.

We need some form offtiny housing. Either it be thing apartments or houses. With the current housing, there are a lot of people who are subletting on a sublet making them pretty much invisible and unaccounted for. Before denying the idea, watch Kristen Dirksen's videos on YouTube (link to an AUSTIN idea. https://youtu.be/3jF9ftC6U0Y) if we move people from sublets, we can move family into those homes

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Because SpeakUp does not accept graphics, I have to provide a link. My comments on the CodeNEXT Household Prescription can be found at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2_qS8rhVYnsbmJ2NU1GTFJpQzg

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Because SpeakUp will not accept any graphics, I have to provide a link. My comments on the CodeNEXT Natural and Built Environment Prescription can be found at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2_qS8rhVYnsSXRNSURVeTVramM

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-- a LOT of variety, especially in density, such as having green spaces right downtown (as we do), but also in uses -- left to myself, I would bring back the retail shops where the shop was on the ground floor, and the owner lived above it. The second principle is really bring the science to bear. I love trails in green spaces, but they do NOT have to be impervious concrete. Let's have some contests to find the best kind of trail prep that would have reasonable construction and maintenance cost and would be pervious. I have seen both crushed rock of some sorts and lattice-style concrete work much better than solid in many places.

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o •As the City of Austin goes through the Code Next process and thinks about the future sustainability and livability of the city, one thing that needs to be a top priority is how can you ensure that newly constructed residential and commercial structures blend seamlessly into the natural environment with little impact on its natural beauty

o •In a perfect world the buildings we work, live, play and learn in, would stand unassuming against the natural landscape and environment of Austin

o •One way to ensure that we preserve the beauty of Austin’s natural environment is through masonry construction

o •Masonry Products, such as brick, block and stone, are all composed of naturally occurring products. Masonry Construction comes From the Earth for the Earth – a truly green industry.

o •Brick is made of clay that is fired at different temperatures to create a wide variety of colors from rich whites to dark reds and even shades of brown

o •Block is also made of concrete which is made of naturally occurring materials such as sand, clay, water and limestone and concrete blocks can be created in a variety of colors, shapes and textures

o •Stone is just what it says, simply natural rocks such as limestone and sandstone that are pulled directly from the earth and used in their natural form for construction

o •Non-Natural and non-masonry building products such as EIFS, stucco and fiber cement contain chemical additives that could potentially harm the Austin environment and leave a very dangerous carbon footprint on the City.

o •Notably, when a masonry constructed building or home is torn down, the masonry materials can be easily be recycled or simply be returned in their natural form from which they came…the earth

o •Beyond these benefits of masonry construction lie other benefits that are not visible to the eye • Masonry is energy efficient – due to its thermal mass, masonry constructed homes stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter reducing the carbon footprint of heating and cooling through electricity • Masonry is strong and durable – the oldest freestanding homes, walls and buildings in the world are built of masonry such as the great wall of China, the coliseum in Rome and 1800 year old homes in Europe. • Masonry requires no maintenance – Unlike wood, stucco, EIFS, fiber cement siding and metal, you simply do not have to paint masonry…..once it’s up it’s up forever in its all natural form • Masonry is safer – Windblown debris during storms and tornados are the number one cause of death during those events……test show that windblown debris from a category 3 tornado cannot penetrate masonry walls • Masonry does not burn – Unlike word, fiber cement siding and EIFS, true masonry such as brick, block and stone simply will not burn or release hazardous chemicals when exposed to fire. Moreover, brick also provides a I hour fire resistance rating. • Masonry is beautiful – Masonry buildings and homes stand the test of time and remain beautiful for generations. In addition, Masonry buildings stand the test of time which prevents blight and the deterioration of neighborhoods which can lead to issues with gentrification.

All of these facts about the benefits of masonry - brick, block and stone - are important to consider as you move forward with your vision for the City of Austin.

You people have ruined this city now there is yuppie villages and yuppie shops all over this town, Austin has become a corporatized yuppie cesspool. I don’t now how you sleep at night. If I wanted to live in California I would have moved there. I have lived here all my life and now people are being taxed out of their homes because of your yuppie ways. Put chief acivato to work cleaning up the meth addict bums load them all in a bus and drop them off in Dallas near George bushes private community. Build your yuppie villages near rundberg no one will care if you tax the drug dealers out of their homes. Tear down all the slimy apartment buildings around rundberg.

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More attention seems to be given to downtown Austin - both in building up and upgrading. I would like to see more attention be given to all areas of Austin. I live out north off Howard Lane and this area looks neglected.

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Carolyn Appleton, President, Carolyn M. Appleton, Inc. about 2 years ago

Basically, we have composing rules going into effect in 2016. Compost can be used to create community gardens. This is a great time to be thinking about ramping-up the community garden scene across Austin. My idea for The Domain where I live is to create a "Cordon Bleu Composting Program," whereby area kitchens provide compost to start creating a community garden at The Domain. I gave that name to it simply to add a touch of class, smiles. Also, this is a good time to start generating more non-profit and dare I say it, FOR-profit community garden companies. My concern is non-profit and volunteer gardens might lay dormant depending upon volunteer availability. A for-project garden concern could generate income by offering to develop and/or manage a number of community gardens so they remain productive, attractive and safe.

Carolyn Appleton, President, Carolyn M. Appleton, Inc. about 2 years ago

Basically, there's a lot of important City history lying literally in our inner-city cemeteries. Also, there are water restrictions. The native plant restoration movement is strong. Engage the Wildflower Center, TPWD, NRDC and other partners to develop native plant stocks appropriate for our region. Re-design our cemeteries with natives; create solar shade information stations; ask Google to micro-map key grave sites; hire historians to outline the history of our City's forefathers and mothers for online access and GPS locating (using Google micro-mapping). This would reduce water usage; provide jobs for historians and native plant growers/sellers; encourage a new type of tourism; educate citizens of all ages about regional history. I'll bet this is "fundable" privately to some degree, too. My Tumblr created with this same idea a few years ago in San Antonio: http://carolynmappleton.tumblr.com/post/17052542297/the-dearly-departed-san-antonios-historic.