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People & Diversity

Dear Austin,

Growth is great when done well. All of the new construction is too shiny, lacking diversity and unfortunately is increasingly reflected in the lack of diversity of the people using the shiny buildings. I miss seeing brown faces in my community and I wish I could see more ethnic faces in the city's core.

Transportation

Dear Austin,

What's with the bike lanes full of debris? Even so, it's fun riding past all the stacked up cars during rush hour.

Transportation

Dear Austin,

To everyone who hates urban rail and thinks it's not being used: it is! It's packed to the gills during the week. To Cap Metro: add more rail cars, charge more to Leander/Cedar Park because they're getting the most benefit from the system, and starting running the train at logical times based on need, rather than trying to operate as a 9-5 business: run the train when there are big events downtown! Public transportation needs to catch up here.

People & Diversity

Dear Austin,

Let's have more support and respect for the annual tradition of Relay weekend – these athletes and their families deserve better.

Economy

Dear Austin,

County property tax policies need to be reigned in. Commercial property valuations have representation by lawyers, but busy residential owners are less capable of fighting the system. Help keep Austin affordable!

People & Diversity

Dear Austin,

Your progressive image obscures a subtle but very ugly racism which is bleaching of your neighborhoods and cultural life. I know you mean well and you don't recognize the problem with your attitude, so I am at a loss to offer any suggestions. :(