gentrification en Austin City Council Votes to Lower Occupancy Limits <p class="p1">The Austin City Council had a long day at the dais yesterday, with a meeting that sputtered along for the better part of 15 hours.</p><p class="p1">"Stealth dorms," fee waivers, economic incentives, an officer-involved shooting, the MoPac sound wall and&nbsp; even a proclamation for KUT's own Cactus Cafe.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">With that in mind, here's a rundown of the council action, and inaction, from yesterday.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:13:14 +0000 KUT Staff 9784 at Austin City Council Votes to Lower Occupancy Limits Could East Austin's Tejano Trails Keep Gentrification at Bay? <p>The Tejano Trails in East Austin are meant to highlight landmarks and legends of the area, but they’re not easy to find.&nbsp;Groups are now working to make the history of this neighborhood more visible under the guidance of a National Parks Service program.&nbsp;</p><p>Last fall, the Scoot Inn, the oldest continuing running bar in Central Texas,&nbsp;made for a fitting location for an event promoting the next phase of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Austin’s&nbsp;Tejano&nbsp;Trails</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:33:17 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9685 at Could East Austin's Tejano Trails Keep Gentrification at Bay? Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents Bobby Foster Jr. can often be found reading the paper on a wooden bench outside Murry's grocery store on the corner of Sixth and H streets northeast in Washington, D.C.<p>"The sun shines over here this time of day," says Foster, a retired cook. "It's always good when the sun shines."<p>Murry's has been an anchor in this neighborhood for decades — during the crack wars of the 1980s and the urban blight that followed, when most other businesses packed up and left. Foster has been somewhat of an anchor, too. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:56:20 +0000 Laura Sullivan 9612 at Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents Enrollment Dip Worries Some Teachers, Parents at East Austin Public Schools <p>Enrollment at many East Austin schools has been declining in recent years. This week, demographers predict those neighborhoods will <a href="" target="_blank">continue to see a decline in children&nbsp;</a>for the next five to ten years.</p><p>Some schools are projected to see enrollment drop to under 75 percent of capacity, including Metz elementary school in the Holly neighborhood just off East Cesar Chavez. Student enrollment there has declined by more than 100 students — or about 22 percent — in the past decade, which worries parents and teachers who are watching the neighborhood change around them.&nbsp;</p><p>“Most of those families who can afford to live here in and around Metz, the demographers tell&nbsp;us are&nbsp;middle and high income families who tend to not have kids or don’t have kids young enough to attend elementary school," Metz Elementary parent Luke Muszkiewicz says.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:40:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9578 at Enrollment Dip Worries Some Teachers, Parents at East Austin Public Schools After Long Wait, City Panel Moves to Sell East 12th Street Properties <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src=";msid=201079182274657105434.0004c315a26aeb2d83f1d&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;ll=30.272601,-97.727219&amp;spn=0.002293,0.002275&amp;z=18&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><em><small>View <a href=";msid=201079182274657105434.0004c315a26aeb2d83f1d&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;ll=30.272601,-97.727219&amp;spn=0.002293,0.002275&amp;z=18&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">E. 12th Street Properties</a> in a larger map</small></em></p><p>Two tracts of land on East&nbsp;12th&nbsp;Street were the focus of a special meeting today by the Urban Renewal Board, a panel whose responsibility is to &quot;<a href="">eliminate slum and blighting influence</a>&quot; in parts of the city. &nbsp;The board took possession of the properties years ago in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood. Critics have accused the board and other&nbsp;agencies&nbsp;of <a href="">taking&nbsp;too long </a>to turn over the properties, and have questioned their role in the face of&nbsp;<a href="">Eastside gentrification</a>.</p><p>The&nbsp; board voted to sell two tracts of property on East 12th Street two completely different ways. The stretch of land on the 1100 hundred block will be sold to the highest bidder.</p><p>The lot on the 1300 hundred block will be opened for a request of proposals. That means the board will take into consideration not only the how much money is being offered for the land, but also what the developer plans on doing with it and how that could affect the neighborhood. The board could take a lower bid if they think the development plan is a better fit for the area.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:59:28 +0000 Carlos Morales 4538 at Artists and Hipsters: Do You Know Who Pasted This Poster Up? <p>In East Austin, there&rsquo;s a sight more common than new condos, food trailers and Tejano bars repurposed into young, hip &quot;dives:&quot; It&#39;s the poster seen above.</p><p>&ldquo;Artists &amp; Hipsters: How are you helping to gentrify East Austin? What are you doing to fight it?,&rdquo; the poster reads. The earliest date we can find for a photo of the poster <a href=";ss=0&amp;ct=0&amp;mt=all&amp;w=all&amp;adv=1">on Flickr</a> goes back to <a href="">2008</a>, but longtime Austinites (including this author) remember seeing the poster even before then.</p><p>The poster has captured the attention of one eastside artist, who&rsquo;s looking to create a dialogue around its message.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 19:02:49 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4209 at Artists and Hipsters: Do You Know Who Pasted This Poster Up? East Austin Activists Look To Slow Gentrification <p>A group of East Austin activists have a plan to slow gentrification in their neighborhood: pay the property tax of people who would otherwise be forced out.</p><p>A campaign launched today by former Austin City Council member Raul Alvarez aims to raise $50,000 to help about 20 homeowners, mostly retired people living on fixed incomes, get up to date on their tax bills. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:11:53 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1707 at East Austin Activists Look To Slow Gentrification East Austin Studio Tour Promotes Artists But Jeopardizes Cheap Rent <p>The ninth annual <a href="">East Austin Studio Tour</a> (also known as E.A.S.T.) kicks off tomorrow. It's a free, self-guided tour of more than 150 artist studios east of I-35. E.A.S.T. runs from Saturday, November 13 until Sunday, November 21.</p> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 19:21:13 +0000 Nathan Bernier 255 at East Austin Studio Tour Promotes Artists But Jeopardizes Cheap Rent