COMPLETE 7 OF THE FOLLOWING TASKS:
We encourage everyone to do tasks #2, #11, and #12.
- Read Uprooted: Residential Displacement in Austin’s Gentrifying Neighborhoods and What Can Be Done About It by The University of Texas at Austin (pg 14 – 46)
• Part 1 – Background on Gentrification and Displacement
• Part 2 – Identifying and Mapping Gentrifying Neighborhoods in Austin
- Read Austin American Statesman’s series of articles, Inheriting Inequality.
• The price of wider gaps and weaker links
• Austin’s history of discrimination threatens its future
• How Austin isolated Latinos with a unique form of segregation
• Scroll down the main page to the maps showing the History of Austin’s racial divide.
- Read the Housing portion of the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities (pg 17-27)
- Read the 2019 CAN Dashboard Report.
- Review Austin’s Prosperity Now Scorecard with comparison to the state and country. Make sure to look at the different issues, especially Homeownership & Housing and the charts by race. You can also compare data to other cities or look at other location’s scorecards.
- Read Clarksville and Wheatville were not Austin’s only freedmen towns to learn about Austin’s 15 freedmen communities.
- Read Dr. Eric Tang’s briefing, Outlier: The Case of Austin’s Declining African-American Population.
- Watch Austin Revealed: A Tale of Two Cities to hear from some City of Austin black leaders on the 1928 Masterplan and gentrification. Less than 2 minutes
- Read ULI Austin’s white paper, Community Land Trusts – Permanent Affordable Housing for Central Texans to learn more about local use of Community Land Trusts.
- Read Austin Justice Coalition, Complete Communities: AJC’s Response to the Land Development Code Revision for their recommended modifications to the LDC to protect communities vulnerable to displacement.
- Study the Redlining Map of Austin.
• Plan a route to do a driving tour tomorrow to study a red-lined neighborhood on the map.
• Take time to read the introduction to understand the color codes.
• Curious how other cities compare? Check out more work from the University of Richmond.
- Drive, bike or walk around a red-lined neighborhood. Ask yourself these question:
• Can you still observe the impact of the redlining maps?
• What do you notice?
• How would you describe the infrastructure (parks, schools, food, etc)?
• How accessible is the neighborhood to jobs, connectivity, schools, and/or greenspace?
• Is there a sense of arrival? Is it welcoming?
• How does this impact our larger community?
- Attend a Discussion Group (Must register to participate): Join other challenge participants in a forum to share learnings and ideas for actionable change:
Virtual Happy Hour
Thursday, November 5, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Virtual Coffee Chat
Friday, November 6, 8:30 – 9:30 am
Extra Resources (These resources were a little long to recommend in a 21 day challenge but are very important and relevant to our industry.):
- Read the City of Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint section, “What is the Need?” (pg 6-14) for background information on Austin’s Affordable Housing Crisis. Continue reading to learn the City’s identified goals and action items (optional).
- Read the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint Implementation Plan.
- Read ULI Austin’s Affordability Strategic Council Comments on the Implementation Plan.