Bill Morris: This is SOOO Austin!

This is SOOO Austin!

Austin has long been known for extended debates about environmental initiatives and development regulations.  In the 80's there were actually new subdivisons where homeowners moved in and discovered that our "anti-growth" city council had not gotten around to providing services like water supply.  I remember photos in the local newspaper showing people who had just moved into their brand new homes and had to install rainwater collection systems immediately, just to have water for daily use.

Since then, the situation has not been that extreme to my knowledge.  But the tension between development and environmental priorities continues -- and that's healthy as far as I am concerned.  Now there is a dispute about cutting trees:

Austin Business Journal, 11/13/09

City may stiffen tree-cutting rules

"The Real Estate Council of Austin is concerned that the city's proposed Heritage Tree Ordinance is becoming an increasingly polarizing issue between developers and environmentalists."  More:^2432871

 We have been through decades of debate and litigation about watershed protection, impervious cover restrictions, other development density issues, mass transit vs. road construction, etc.  "Keep Austin Weird" began as a campaign advocating local merchants.  It has evolved into a panoply of open arguments about conservation vs. growth and development -- usually resolved in a way that allows responsible development  while preserving "the Austin lifestyle."

How many cities have official birthday parties for Eeyore every year?  Austin does!  Austin is not your average "metro area."  We are "The Live Music Capital of the World®," the State Capital, home of The University of Texas and other colleges and universities with combined student populations exceeding 100,000, and a place where most new graduates try to stay.  Austin City Limits, South By Southwest, Austin City Limits Music Festival, downtown Segway and Duckboat tours, rowing centers, yacht clubs, a local Surfrider Foundation chapter, Austin Pets Alive, and much, much more.  All of these make Austin Austin!!!

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Comment balloon 1 commentBill Morris • November 17 2009 08:54PM


Hi Bill ~ That tree ordinance is an excellent idea! You're so lucky that Austin city leaders have their heads in the right place.  Trees make a huge impact on quality of life and nowadays people are *way* too quick to cut them down. It's about time they were treated like the valuable treasures that they are.  Hurrah for Austin!


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