1,000 Miles for Transit & Vision Zero

In June, Farm&City took a five day field trip throughout South Texas to spread the good words of two of our major initiatives: Vision Zero Texas and One Thousand Texans for Transit. We were forced to rent a car for this trip as driving was the only mode of transportation that made it possible for us to meet all of …

Austin Considers Expanding Regressive Homestead Exemptions

Tomorrow, Austin City Council will voteĀ on a proposal to cut next year’s revenue by $5 million by increasing the city’s property tax homestead exemption from 8% to 10%, a reduction in taxes for the minority of city residents who own homes. While affordability is a major concern that city council can address through legislation, homestead exemptions are not the best …

Reforming the Capital Metro Board Citizen Advisory Committees

Ruven Brooks is a senior and transit advocate who believes that public input into transit design needs to be much deeper than the occasional public hearing with three minute speeches. Why Change the Committees? In the City of Austin, citizen advisory committees can be very important and powerful organizations; the dreaded Zoning and Platting Commission and the Planning Commission are, …