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Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by Rick Krivoniak on August 26th, 2014 10:49 AM
One of my Windsor Park neighbors asked the same question, so I wrote the following:Catellus hosted the August 14th meeting regarding Berkman and opened it to the general community. Representatives from the City of Austin's Transportation Department and Economic Development Department, Catellus, McCann Adams Studio - Mueller's master planner, HDR - Catellus' local traffic engineers, and GHD's Mark Lenters - a national traffic/roundabout consultant, shared information on Berkman Drive’s interim and final design, the road construction timeline, and current traffic data.This meeting was in response to concerns from the Mueller Transportation Committee (a Catellus-convened group of representatives from Mueller and surrounding neighborhoods, including two from Windsor Park, of which I am one), and from residents living on or near Berkman within Mueller. A June meeting for Mueller's residents only primarily yielded concerns about speeding and lack of visibility around some of the parallel parking.Berkman opened through Mueller in May of 2013. Last October, with schools and the HEB open for a few months, the City did traffic counts and recorded speeds in several locations along and near Berkman showing that 85th-percentile (a State standard) southbound traffic within Mueller was traveling around 44MPH, well above the posted 30MPH. (Don't hold me to the exact data figures - I'll share the Powerpoint presentation when it's available online. I do recall that for Berkman near Broadmoor/Greenbrook Parkway, 85th% was around 37, just 2MPH above the posted 35. Still too fast!). South of Manor Rd., E.M. Franklin was actually worse.HDR and Mark Lenters continue to insist that once Berkman is completed to its final design of a wide "transit median" with single traffic lanes, parallel parking and cycle tracks on each side, the "friction" will naturally slow traffic. A comparison was made to the completed portion of Simond Avenue, off of Berkman within Mueller, with a wide median and narrow traffic and parallel parking lanes. The traffic lane on Berkman will be 12 inches wider. Berkman is slated to be fully built-out by the end of 2015. It was noted that construction along the blocks from McCurdy Street to Philomena Street over the next 16± months would create its own traffic calming.With all adjacent property now platted, no changes are anticipated for Berkman's ultimate design. Currently, the 4-way stop at Barbara Jordan Blvd. and Berkman is the only planned traffic control between 51st and Manor. Roundabout consultant Mark Lenters showed two roundabout sketches that could be built within the existing Berkman right-of-way, but they force cycle-track bicyclists onto the sidewalks or into traffic lanes, and are not being considered for the build-out.As for visibility when turning onto Berkman from the many Mueller streets with adjacent parallel parking, the City of Austin is reviewing those intersections on a case-by-case basis and may removed some parking for better visibility. It was also found that the parking spaces were striped too narrow, so they will be re-striped very soon.I personally asked about stop signs on Berkman at Zach Scott, which will ultimately be a straight-shot street from Airport Blvd. though Mueller to Manor Rd. Initially, only traffic on Zach Scott will be stopped, but it's possible that will be a a 4-way stop intersection later on. State laws prohibit using stop signs and traffic signals for traffic mitigation, and require certain triggers to be met for virtually all traffic controls.On another note, traffic signals should be in place on E. 51st at Mueller Blvd. by the end of September.I hope this helped.Rick Krivoniak
Cars racing on Berkman and Philomena
posted by L K on April 14th, 2014 5:36 PM
I have heard and seen an actual race car tearing down EM Franklin, which is across Manor Rd from Berkman. The race car did circuits on EM Franklin early in the morning around 2 or 3 am. One holiday morning, I came face to face with the race car on EM Franklin. A number of neighbors also saw it and phoned it into the police. For a long time everything was quiet until early this morning when I heard the same racing sounds.
Indecent Exposure Incident on 9/10/13
posted by Noelle Wehrle on September 10th, 2013 4:44 PM
Just wanted to alert the neighborhood that there was an indecent exposure incident this morning at 6:30am. I was walking my dog and noticed a late 90's silver Pontiac Grand Am driving slowly down Zach Scott between Mattie and Gochman. He circled back and turned left down Mattie while I was on the grassy median; when I was at the corner of Zach Scott and Mattie, he pulled up along side me and exposed himself while masturbating. The dome light in the car was on and his window was down so it was very clear what he was doing. He was African-American with short hair, no facial hair, and was probably in his mid 30s-to 40s. He turned the corner and drove up Zach Scott and turned left on Gochman. I ran inside and did not see the car again. I have reported this to the APD; they have a description of the car and the individual driving. I did not get a license plate. If you see this car, please call 911. There is an open case. I realize this is a very frank post, but I want my neighbors to be informed. Thanks- Noelle
Mueller Neighborhood Assn Meeting Minutes 7/20/2013
posted by Cynthia on July 21st, 2013 5:47 PM
MNA General Meeting July 20, 2013 Wildflower Terrace MNA Steering Committee Members present: Kathy Sokolic, Sandy Parks, Janeka Rector, David Neider, Kevin McGillicuddy, Dennis Mick, Corky Hilliard, James Nortey, Ani Colt, Kat Malcom, Cynthia Cammack MNA Steering Committee Members absent: Belinda Roberts, Grant Fisher 1. Introductions: Kathy Sokolic welcomed attendees 2. Treasurer's Report: Sandy Parks a. the MNA bank balance this morning, prior to the latest bank run, was a little less than $6300. b. Three big expenditures coming up: two Front Porch Flyer editions, Halloween carnival. c. 74 new and renewed members since June 10th; 337 existing members. 3. Presentation to Frost Bank: Kathy Sokolic Kathy thanked Frost for attending and contributing to neighborhood events and being so supportive of neighborhood, and presented a plaque in commemoration of the five year anniversary of the MNA savings account at Frost. Dena Holliday, VP, and Ken Gates, Sr VP at Frost represented Frost Bank. 4. Keep Austin Affordable: Frank Fernandez, Executive Director at Green Doors a. Gave brief overview of Keep Austin Affordable as a gathering of people concerned about high cost of housing in Austin. (Lives in Mueller.) Some points from presentation: • Austin needs 38,000 units for the 1 in 6 renters making below $25,000 that cannot afford Austin. They are either homeless, living in substandard conditions, doubled or quadrupled families in apartments, or paying too much and cutting other basics such as prescriptions or food. • Because of low unemployment, rental rates keep going up and Austin has gone from one of most affordable cities in Texas to one of most expensive. • Group's main focus: to get housing bonds back on ballot, hoping for November. $55 million bond was passed in 2006, but all those funds are spent or committed. Helped create over 3500 affordable homes of all kinds of housing. • Group advocates for another bond that size and members are out working to provide explanation to voters to about what bonds are for. b. Questions and Answers Q: What is tax implication of bond? A: Would not require tax increase; there is existing capacity within ad valorum tax rate Q: How does money go toward affordable housing and maintaining it? A: Every year city takes portion and creates an RFP for outside group to apply for funds. For example, if a group is developing an $8 million housing project, it could get a portion from these bond funds. To do so, group has to obligations to affordability, such as keeping units affordable for 99 years. Q: What are the demographics of the homeless population? A: In recent year, about 12,000 total, of which about 2000 were hildren, 10% veterans, 40% or so mothers and children. 80% are situationally homeless due to circumstances such as a lost job, medical situation, or domestic violence; they tend to get back into housing within 6 months or so. 20% are chronically homeless due to behavioral health or other issues; need services as well as housing. Q: What types of housing can the bond funds go to? A: City Council makes policy decisions. in last bond, 75% went to rental housing mostly to people making $25,000 or less. Smaller percentages went to repairs and affordable home ownership programs. Q: How many units can be generated with this amount? A: The last bond generated about 3500 - hoping for similar number this time. Noted that these kinds of programs are good for the local economy, creating jobs. Q: Where do other funds come from? A: Variety of sources, such as low income housing programs, banks, foundations, individuals. Audience comment: It's also important to emphasize programs and opportunities for behavioral health and other health issues that contribute to the homeless problem. New aid funds will provide some assistance. Q: Is money being spent on something else now that this would take the place of? A: Funds were not earmarked for something else and then shifted. Q: What is the elevator speech for people who insist homeless choose to be homeless? A: I struggle with this, too. Ask if they have ever been homeless. If they had been living in those conditions, might not say that. Many homeless people who do say so are mentally ill and might not be expressing that preference if well. Q: What does Green Doors do? A: We provide safe, affordable, quality housing as well as a food pantry, help with household setup. Also provide education on poverty and homelessness, for example, on veterans' issues. Veterans often end up homeless due to severe PTSD or traumatic brain injury. Q: If veterans are a core group, does specific amount of bond money go to veterans' initiatives? A: Bond funds do not have proportions specified for veterans. Green Doors and other programs do initiatives for veterans. c. Showed forms available for finding out more about Green Doors, volunteering, or donating. d. Kathy reinforced Mueller Redevelopment Vision and Goals. Noted that we will in August be bringing up to MNA members for a vote on whether or not we want MNA to formally support the bond. 5. 10-1 City Council: Steven Aleman, attorney and mediator, past chair of ANC, lives in nearby Chestnut neighborhood a. Highlights from presentation: In November 2012, the city had vote on charter amendments that resulted in a plan to divide city into ten sectors with one representative of each. In November 2014, voters will elect first council members on this plan. Independent Citizens' Redistricting Commission was a part of this proposition and has been put in place. This group is now planning drawing up of districts. First hearing in about a month in August. ANC interested in influencing commission to respect neighborhood lines, however can only influence them via writing that can be made public; cannot invite commissioners to neighborhood meetings. This makes field hearings more significant because they will be the only meeting opportunities. Charter amendment prohibits commission from using certain approaches, such as considering where candidates live, or lumping precincts together. Priority criteria include: plan must be "constitutional" - one person, one vote - or equivalent in size by population, maintain contiguous areas and neighborhood integrity. Neighborhood integrity includes common interests such as language, and resisting drawing lines along convenient geographic boundaries that could bisect neighborhoods. Commission will hold hearings across town before they can release a plan. Must also release a preliminary plan and hold available for 14 day period for public comment. ANC is requesting this period be extended to one month and is encouraging others to make same request. Commission will revise map to reflect public input and then vote on it. Nine of 14 commissioners must approve. Because of the recent Supreme Court decision, there will be no federal review, and this commission's vote is final. b. Questions and Answers Q: What is deadline for districts to be drawn? A: Now that federal pre-clearance is not required, commission could take till early 2014 to make decision. 6. New martial arts school - Nexus Tae Kwan Do: Brad Perkins from Windsor Park a. Opening up a martial arts business near Staples. Emphasized that martial arts play an important role in preventing bullying, and he works on school seminars and presentations to demonstrate this. Hoping to open by November. Will be offering adult and kids' classes as well as yoga, on weekdays and weekends. Twenty years of experience. 7. CASA Superheroes Run for Saturday, September 21st, 2013: Jennifer Lester, CASA events coordinator a. Provided background on Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Advocates focus on needs of children in the court system. One way CASA supports this work is with the Superheroes run. Route this year goes through Mueller on roads. Registration is open and anticipating sellout by mid-September. http://www.casasuperherorun.com/ Brings whole metropolitan area together against child abuse. Mueller will have a water stop to support along mile 2. Also need help with parking, guiding drivers into rows on dirt lot. b. Gave shout out to Frost Bank as a big supporter. 8. Announcements a. The next Social Hour is Wednesday, August 14th at the Mueller HEB, and children are welcome. The HOA will provide light appetizers (Kat) b. Music in the Park will be on Thursday, Sept 12th with Kent Mayhew performing at the amphitheater, 6:30 PM (Kat) c. RMMA PIAC (Rick Krivoniak, chair of the RMMA PIAC). Welcomed Corky Hilliard's reappointment to the PIAC. Announced the next meeting is August 13th at the Carver Library 9. Adjourned
Elvis' Austin show recreated tonight in East Austin
posted by danx11 on February 28th, 2013 8:33 AM
On March 28, 1977, Elvis Presley performed his last concert in Austin at the Municipal Auditorium. On March 28, 2013 Ted Roddy & The King Conjure Orchestra re-create that show song by song for a special ELVIS in AUSTIN 36th Anniversary Tribute to be held at The Moose Lodge #1735 (2103 EM Franklin Rd, Austin TX 78723) in East Austin. Ted Roddy & The (thirteen-piece) KCO perform twice a year at Austin’s Continental club for Elvis’ Birth and Death days respectively (now into their 27th year). This brand new show features a completely unique song list. It is based on the actual song list from that historic evening, right down to the opening segment that features a tribute to Elvis’ back-up singers; The Stamps and The Sweet Inspirations. Come re-live this exciting moment in Austin rock-n-roll history. Special guests: The Lowells! Bring along a non-perishable food item and get 5 dollars off admission. No advance tickets. Door only. Thursday March 28, 2013. Doors open at 6:30. Show at 7:30. Be there aloha! Moose Lodge. 2103 E. M Franklin Ave., Austin, TX, 78723
Zach Scott Speeding Mitigation Petition Questions: Answers
posted by Rahm McDaniel on July 15th, 2012 8:47 AM
I'm also concerned about the impact of speed humps or tables to both our cars (from wear and tear) and to nearby streets.For example, I live on McCloskey between Berkman and Ella Wooten Park. Here in Mueller our primary traffic calming tool on residential streets is parked cars, which narrows the path and encourages drivers to slow down. When people East on McCloskey, they frequently drive slowly between Tom Miller and Mattie, but speed up substantially as they pass the area between the park and the Mattie wide median (where no cars are parked), and continue at high speed to Berkman. Along our one block at this end, there are 8 young children, not to mention all the kids that cross to the pool and park from Mattie where the cars pick up speed. Sadly, most of these folks are Mueller Residents who frankly should know better and I've told a few that. But I'm fairly sure that if people are using McCloskey as an alternative to Zach Scott already, they'll only do it more often if Zach Scott gets speed humps.At any rate, my preferred solution would be stop signs at both McCloskey and Mattie, along with stop signs at Zach Scott at the other end of the wide median.
A mini-series of talks by Dick Pierce
posted by Grace on October 12th, 2011 5:17 PM
I thought some of these sounded interesting and thought I'd pass it along. It's free and close to home: We have a Permaculture Course running this fall and there has been considerable interest in holding some of our most popular and relevant Talks from the Winter Series in Oct/Nov. We are happy to announce, thanks to the Austin Baha'i Center's generousity, that 3 exciting talks are now scheduled. We invite you all and freinds and interested teens to attend and to please spread the word. Many thanks. See you there for one, two, or all. Fun, exciting, educational and, for some, mind-bending - gardeners, naturalists, environmentalists, concerned citizens, parents, interested teens, ....please note: Que Pasa?: Austin Permaculture Guild presents: A Fall 2011 Mini-Series of Talks by Dick Pierce - All are invited, and it's free! Where: The Austin Baha'i Center, 2215 E.M. Franklin, Austin 78723 - near Manor Rd at Mueller ent., across street from Red Cross Cap Meto Bus #20 stops at Manor and EM Franklin - has service before & after meetings. When; 7:00 - 8:30 PM - optional discussion until 9:00ish What: -13 Oct - Texology - C-TX - Where's it been? What's happened/changed? Continents, Mountains, Mighty Rivers, Limestone, Gumbo Clay, Uplifts, Prairies, Savannah, Weather...What's it mean for us today -Get to [really] know this place/your place. -27 Oct - Creating Cultures of Cooperation and Intentional Communities -10 Nov - Permaculture & Alternate Finance - aka mas Local, Re-Localization, Transition, Slow Money,Coop's, etc. Note to all readers: These Permaculture-based talks are free and open to the public - you, friends, family, associates are invited. We'd be delighted to have you attend. The Baha'i Center is a wonderful, non-denominational building closes to I-35 (off at Manor or 38th), Airport Blvd (take EM Franklin or Manor Rd to NE), and 183/130 (MLK/969 west to EM Franklin). There's plenty of parking Please, count the reasons to be there - fun, info, good folks, interesting topics, fits with PC, CG, Slow Food, Slow Money, Transition Movement - and be there. See you there. Gracias.-- Dick Pierce DickPierceDesigns@gmail.com SE-NE (summer) & Austin, TX (non-summer) Cell-512-992-8858 (all-seasons) http://www.DickPierceDesigns.com Fall Permaculture Design Courses - Austin - starts on Sept 24 - contact: JNazak@yahoo.com. Also, please check out: http://www.austinperm.com
Cameras for Security
posted by dubaydavid on July 31st, 2011 8:31 AM
I actually don't think that cameras are an answer and, frankly, am not comfortable with cameras monitored and owned by the POA. A individual homeowner who invests in such a system for their own peace of mind is fine and I have no objection to that. I figure any image they catch of me running late at night won't even ever get looked at again. What I don't want is endless video archived in some central location to be used for a nebulous purpose at some point in the future. And, no, I don't have anything in particular to hide, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to give up my right to privacy to an entity (the POA) who can't quite figure out how to make the drinking fountains work most of the time.An article that I find makes my point better than I can is here:http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Privacy-Matters-Even-if/127461/It's long, but I think worth a read given the sheer amount of data currently being collected by various governmental and non-governmental organizations. While I'm not prone to conspiracy theories, and actually think the government can competently handle many things, I just don't want them having access to lots of innocuous stuff about me.I'm all for a more robust neighborhood watch and would be willing to participate. Though, given my late night runs (well after dark), I figure I've thwarted at least a few potential thefts by being noticeable--running in the street--and paying a lot of attention to cars acting oddly. I stop and read license plates, I ask people if I can help if their car window is open, and I follow cars if it seems appropriate. If joining the neighborhood watch means I get a free t-shirt, great!Lastly, I don't want to off-load my own responsibility as a home owner and neighbor to a camera owned by the POA. If my neighbor's garage is open, I knock on the door (or text) and tell them. If I notice an odd car, I call 311. I check my garage door and don't leave valuable stuff out and visible. I wave at the off-duty police officers and patrol cars. I know my neighbors, their cars, and most of their schedules. I talk to them while we're out and about. While some may find this odd, I suppose, I consider it my responsibility as part of the neighborhood. And I have a brain in my head, unlike the camera, so can decide when something really is odd or when it is what it is. I grew up in a small town where, really, folks don't lock their doors and thefts aren't much of a problem. We can do this because we all pay a bit of neighborly attention and care.Okay, enough of my theory of security and neighborhood responsibilities. Thanks for listening if you hung around this long and wave at me, say 'Hi' even, if you see me slowly jogging by late at night.Peace--Ann
Pool Committee meeting notes - June 2011
posted by Katherine V. on July 6th, 2011 12:02 PM
I agree with the idea to change the age limit to allow younger kids to swim without a parent present. Our last neighborhood allowed kids 8 and over to swim as long as they could prove they could swim to the lifeguards and had a waiver signed by the parent. Swimming pools are a great place for kids to play on the hot summer days when parents need to be at home - it's safe, confined to one area and there are lifeguards present. 10 and over would be even better, because frankly, once kids get into middle school, their interest wanes for public swimming pools. The "big kid" users are typically 10-12.
Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by Ashley on May 3rd, 2011 9:45 AM
The article requires a subscription, so here is the full text. Article:Trader Joe’s has finally set its sights on Texas.The hip grocer, whose nationwide fan base circles its buildings for grand openings and travels to stock up on its private-label groceries, is looking at multiple locations in Dallas, Houston and Austin.The first store is expected to open in Dallas within the year, and the initial rollout will include 10 stores in Texas.“Dallas, and frankly the entire state of Texas, is a place we’ve wanted to be for a long time,” said Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.In recent years, Trader Joe’s aggressive expansion has skipped Texas. It operates more than 350 stores in 29 states from coast to coast. The company has 169 stores in California, where it’s based near Los Angeles in Monrovia.When management decides to enter a market, Trader Joe’s opens several stores. It entered Chicago in 2000 and now has 18 stores there. Atlanta and its suburbs have six, and Charlotte, N.C., has three stores.“We are a company that grows in a very controlled and thoughtful way in order to maintain the Trader Joe’s customer experience,” Mochizuki said.Trader Joe’s is “actively looking for sites, and we’re anxious to identify some great locations and begin hiring,” she said. The chain is looking both within the city limits and at suburban locations.The privately owned company had sales last year of $8.5 billion, ranking it 21st on Supermarket News’ annual list of largest U.S. grocers. About 80 percent of its foods are private-label groceries. It brags that its offerings do not contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.Current specials include two 8-ounce frozen “American Style Kobe Beef Burgers” for $5.99 and a 15-ounce package of Trader Jose’s Chicken Asada for $5.99. The witty labeling includes Asian recipes from Trader Ming’s and French offerings from Trader Jacques.One of its best-known offerings is its $2-a-bottle California wines. The first bottles of Charles Shaw wines were sold in Trader Joe’s stores in 2002, and customers nicknamed it “Two Buck Chuck.” The price varies slightly depending on local taxes and transportation costs.The company communicates with its customers with a Fearless Flyer newsletter, and the official employee uniform is a Hawaiian shirt — the louder the better, according to corporate lore.Small stores’ impactAt about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, Trader Joe’s stores are much smaller than a traditional 50,000-square-foot supermarket.Grocers have stepped up their Dallas-area growth plans. Kroger has a couple of stores under development inside the Dallas city limits. San Antonio-based H-E-B has four Central Market locations in the Dallas area and is looking for more. Whole Foods has opened three stores here in the last three years and now operates eight in the market. Both specialty food stores have more stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth than in any other Texas market.Other grocers have entered the North Texas market in the last few years, including fast-growing independents Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocers and Sunflower Markets.There aren’t a lot of new retail developments in the works, so the expanding retailers are gobbling up space in existing shopping centers.Borders is closing stores as part of its Chapter 11 filing in February. At the time of the announcement, the owner of the Borders bookstore at Preston Road and Royal Lane said interest from grocery retailers was especially high.Different directionTrader Joe’s history has a Dallas twist. It started out in 1958 as a chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets. By the 1960s, Dallas-based 7-Eleven was growing fast in Southern California and competing with Pronto.Trader Joe’s founder Joe Coloumbe bought the Pronto stores and decided to go in another direction. In 1967, the stores were renamed Trader Joe’s and morphed into a chain of small specialty cheese and wine shops. It later evolved into a neighborhood grocery chain.Trader Joe’s started opening stores outside California in 1993 with a store in Phoenix.There was much speculation when German discount grocer Aldi opened stores in Texas in early 2010 that Trader Joe’s wouldn’t be far behind.The founder of Trader Joe’s sold the company and left in 1987. Mochizuki wouldn’t disclose current ownership, but supermarket trade publications in the U.S. and the business press in Europe have reported that the company is owned by the Albrecht family in Germany.Two brothers of Aldi’s founding Albrecht family split Aldi and the German market in half in 1960 after an argument.Later, Aldi South came to the U.S. with the low-price format from Germany, and Aldi North acquired Trader Joe’s from California.The two companies insist they have separate ownership and don’t share U.S. operations.
Mueller Houses and The Gap
posted by ccosart on March 23rd, 2011 11:19 PM
Well, I'm a little late commenting on this. To be honest, as Mueller continues to fall short of the New Urbanist ideal (no elementary, no town center, no rail, etc.) the appeal of living there has dropped off too. And of course The Gap itself makes it less appealing - a broad economic cross-section was part of the original appeal. No need to get defensive, I know many of you love Mueller, but for us the appeal was returning to a car lite or car free way of life and Mueller doesn't seem to offer that currently or for the near to mid-term future. But having said that, as I've said a thousand times before, this was *public land* and the project was sold to the public as offering options for ALL incomes, and therefore so long as a segment of middle income families is excluded, whether it's 20%, 40%, or more of middle income families with kids, the citizens of Austin have been lied to and are being ripped off. Anyway, we've been told for literally years that the Mueller Houses will fill the gap. Finally, we have the info to judge whether that is true. And (drumroll)..... ...they don't. Frankly, it doesn't even seem like they tried. The smallest market Mueller House is only a 2 bedroom. Definitely not aimed at families. Not only that but it's a 2000 sf two bedroom. Big enough to have been a 4 or 5 bedroom. And it starts at nearly $270k. There is a 4 bedroom model but it's even larger and over $300K. I think you can argue that this indicates absolutely no effort whatsoever to fill the gap. Nada. Zilch. One other point - I've been told repeatedly that the $/sf pricing I'm expecting is unrealistic. Let's look at the market pricing. Unit D starts at $307k with the smallest sf 2337. That's $131.36/sf. Hmmmm.... what would that be for say, a 1100 to 1400 3 bdrm, exactly the sort of thing middle income families have been asking for? Oh look. That would be $144k-184k. *Exactly* the price range I've been told is impossible. (This also shows that the subsidy on the affordables is actually fairly small - less than 10K and less than 15k for the two models. Debatable whether that is a good or bad thing. Neither of these seems aimed at families either.) So it CAN be done. But sadly, Mueller just doesn't WANT to. At least that is settled once and for all. I'm out. You can return to arguing about parking and dog and cat poop.
OPPOSITIN AGAINST TXI AND THE PROPOSED TXI MINING AND RIO DE VIDA PROJECTS
posted by Caraly Foreman on November 16th, 2010 9:38 AM
BTW, regarding the Statesman's recent article about TXI and theTXI 'Rio de Vida' project (http://www.statesman.com/business/txi-plans-2-000-acre-development-straddling-texas-1050466.html?srcTrk=RTR_504016), the ACTUAL residents/businesses/DIRECTLY impacted, adjacent property owners' positions regarding TXI's current and future plans related to the project were GROSSLY misrepresented by the DVCC. Clear OPPOSITION to any current/future plans related to providing for expansion of mining and a 2,000 acre PIT for the next 25 years (and reclamation later) <50 feet from existing master planned communities/schools in a landlocked area remains. The mining expansion will NOT be accepted in any way and any other efforts thereof, under'mine' the directly impacted Communit's position and efforts. Please see, below: Tue, November 16, 2010 9:22:12 AMRe: TXI Rio de Vida project From: Caraly Foreman View Contact To: CCIHDV Del Valle Cc: fabshop@swbel.lnet; Carrie Hamrick ; Jeannette Kincaid ; Don & Judy Holden ; Dan Pacatte Austin Tree Farm ; Ryan Metz ... more -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And by the way, you ALREADY have been used to TOTALLY misrepresent us- just look at your quote in the Statesman article that just came out about this - Manijeh Huereca, president of the Del Valle Community Coalition, said residents who live near the site appreciated that TXI approached them about its plans Monday, before the project became public. "We're very happy that it's going to be environmentally friendly, and the way the housing is set up," she said." To say the least- FURIOUS about this misrepresentation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: Caraly Foreman To: CCIHDV Del Valle Cc: fabshop@swbel.lnet; Carrie Hamrick ; Jeannette Kincaid ; Don & Judy Holden ; Dan Pacatte Austin Tree Farm ; Ryan Metz ; Mitzi Shaw ; koymkg@gmail.com; DOUGLAS EDGAR ; Charles Payne ; mncarrasco516@hotmail.com; pryor.anthony@sbcglobal.net; Suzanne McEndree ; Dan Pacatte Austin Tree Farm Sent: Tue, November 16, 2010 9:09:21 AM Subject: Re: TXI Rio de Vida project Are you really kidding me regarding this response- that project is TXI's attempt to sell what they would put on the land AFTER they mine it, so please support their efforts? What you fail to understand is our entire fight is based on the fight that we are not even going to allow for them to mine that land right up against us and less than 50 FEET from our homes. You REALLY have to be kidding. That is like me sending you an email saying, ah, Manijeh, you & yours really need to leave Formula 1 alone and quit telling them what they should or should not do, as they will only better the area for all- and they will not even be located right up against you- and, BTW, we won;t even tell or include you in meetings with them for them to tell us what they want to do. You need to get educated/re-educated on the whole TXI specific Hornsby Bend East and West permits and, especially after this email, in NO WAY represent advocacy for their planning efforts on or on "our" Community's behalf or representation. It is absolutely unacceptable and we are and will remain adversarial to TXI as long as they continue to propose putting that 2,000 PIT right up against OUR homes. Period. You really are clueless to believe we would support and promote, with TXI, what they want to do with the land 25 year later (after we are all sick/dead). And related to proximity/participation? The pit would be INSIDE our landlocked Community (homes and businesses) and, personally, the 2,000 acre pit would beless than 200 FEET from my home and most of my neighbors- so please tell me how your home, as you mention below, would be more proximate in impacts than mine and my neighbors. You should have, at minimum, either contacted Richard Macdonald, Suzanne McEndree, the Holdens, I,or any other of our group members when TXI / the County contacted you for the meeting, as it has been known for going well over a year that we have been organizing / communicating about the gravel pit proposed IN our neighborhood. In other words, I believe it would be appropriate for you to deal with the existing gravel pits NOT next to existing residential/businesses in the Hunter's Bend/Dunlap Road areas, and have a good time with that, but absolutely do not in any way feel comfortable in representing those of us in the area where the pits are not yet located and/or are proposed to be put right up against us or in making agreements with TXI to promote their current or future planned use of such proposed Hornsby Bend East / West not yet mined lands. And perhaps you have been out of the loop for the last year , but we all clearly are, and maintain our adversarial fight against TXI and any actions that would provide for and or humor/support for TXI to expand their mining efforts in our Hunter's Bend / Dunlap Rds area lands, which, clearly would include this "in 25 years after we're done with them" project. Otherwise, you clearly ARE supporting TXI's efforts to mine in our neighborhood and reclaim later (which we do not support in anyway) and undermining all of our efforts. Period. We can just as easily go in public forums, news media, to Formula 1 itself, etc and state that on behalf of Del Valle, we fully support all of Formula 1's current and future efforts in your area and advocate for them to move forward as they have been, trusting they'll 'do good without the Community without your input' and without directly NEXT TO THAT PROJECT public's input and participation. Just seems very hypocritical/disappointing in the handling of this, esp. when, all along, you have known that we have been doing an INCREDIBLE amount of work to STOP these proposed TXI permits/plans in our specific area. They could offer Disney Land and free chocolate for the rest of your life on the land after 25 years (anyone can), but clearly not at the EXPENSE (public health/safety, property values, aesthetics, etc) of those that would live directly right next to the atrocity leading up to that for the next 25 years. That is simply not going to happen and you need to understand that and please do not speak for and/or especially misrepresent any advocacy for TXI/the County's current or future planning efforts for these specific lands (Hunter's Bend/Dunlap Rd- Hornsby Bend East and West proposed permit lands), as, again, it only serves to under"mine" our opposition efforts. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: CCIHDV Del Valle To: Caraly Foreman Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 9:31:30 PM Subject: Re: TXI Rio de Vida project Hi Caraly, That is correct, I was mistaken Richard is on the Austin's Colony HOA. The folks in Austin's Colony were told that after the mining project was complete they would make use of the land and that is what this project is for in the area between HWY 130 and Austin's Colony. Not what is currently being mined. I am aware that TXI is not done mining the other areas off of FM 969, and advocating on behalf of the community so it is done with minimal impact is not over, and was evident even in our meeting this morning. We, as a community member organization, hope to make these issues evident to TXI and Travis County as well as City of Austin or who ever else is interested. I think it is not beneficial to work at a cross purpose with TXI as they need community support at this phase in their project. It is a way to get what the community needs in a way that is not adversarial. I understand there is a history and we need to make it clear TXI should be held accountable but this project could be beneficial to the area. As more information is made available we should all keep a close eye on this project. I understand you say "we the impacted residents" I believe we are all impacted residents that is why this organization was formed. Further isolating our community gets us no where. This particular project is closer in proximity to you than it is to me, but our organization has a massive list of contacts and can spread information rapidly throughout the entire area. I am sure they will make an effort to notify all of the residents particularly in Austin's Colony, this is still VERY early in the planning process. They wanted to tell us before we heard it on the news. We have fought for a long time so that we were not the last to know about developments, and in this case we are not, and neither is Austin's Colony. I am pleased with that. We all have contacts and neighborhood groups of our own to pass along the information. This is a step in the right direction for this area. It is unfortunate that there was mining done in the first place, but re-designating the already used land, if done correctly, could be beneficial. I still hope, as we have previously talked about, that you and your community will continue to work with our group so that we all prosper. When people in Elroy said this is "my backyard" this only affects me, DVCC said what happens to one of us happens to all of us. If the F1 development creates a prosperous environment in Elroy, we said "What about North of the River"? We want to ensure that no part of this area is the 'dumping ground' or 'new East side'. If there is any group that genuinely cares about what is going on, and ensuring it is done fairly it is DVCC. We hope that regardless of who gets the information, you will continue to support the community in the endeavor to create an organization representative of all of our community needs. Thanks again, Manijeh On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 9:03 PM, Caraly Foreman wrote: Joe Gieselman explains 'everything', and no, Richard Franklin is not on our HOA- not even close. Reytex/Qualico/the builders are our HOA. TXI knows this, and has always known that, and Joe Gieselman most certainly knew this and that we, the impacted Austin's Colony residents, would not have been informed. The entire fact that the Commissioners and Joe willfully set out and approached your Group, versus the directly impacted Group that they very well know the names and contact information of, speaks volumes. Commissioners, we are NOT happy about this, and your once, again, unethical actions, suppression of public involvement from impacted property owners, and clearly going behind our backs...again. This is, absolutely, unacceptable, and especially in an Environmental Justice area, for the County, ridiculously reckless. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: CCIHDV Del Valle To: Caraly Foreman Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 6:23:16 PM Subject: Re: TXI Rio de Vida project Hi Caraly, Actually, they were referred to us through the county and Joe Gieselman. Richard Franklin who I believe is on your HOA was there this morning as well. I don't believe they are trying to meet behind your backs but are allowing a community organization to facilitate the meeting on the 13th to brief us all at one time and start the dialog with the community. I believe them approaching DVCC, is approaching the community, as that is why we were formed, so that we are not finding out from the news media or doing this alone. As you know we have written to you with the same concerns about TXI and Thomas Fritzinger and Richard Franklin are both heavily involved DVCC as they are within their own community. Thanks, Manijeh On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM, Caraly Foreman wrote: Manijeh- As nice as this sounds, did TXI explain why they did not approach us, the very residents and HOA area homes/businesses- aka the directly impacted adjacent property owners, of that project? Sounds like they are trying to sneak behind our backs and try to get other areas/groups to lobby 'for' their activities and as a distraction from the horrendous GRAVEL PIT that they would be putting right next to us IN Austin's Colony. Who from TXI approached you/the DVCC exec board members? Unbelievable that we weren't included and diasappointing finding out through a broadcast email... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: CCIHDV Del Valle Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 5:48:21 PM Subject: TXI Rio de Vida project Hello All, I wanted to update you on a local proposed development that some of the executive board members of DVCC were briefed on this morning. We met with TXI about a project they intend to do just west of Austin's Colony called Rio de Vida. You will probably hear about it in the next few days. This will be modern mixed housing and green space (similar to Mueller) along with trails and roadways connecting the area to existing areas including Austin's Colony. There is also space for commercial development along 130. TXI will be presenting at the DVCC meeting DEC 13th at 6:30 at the South Rural Community Center. We did inform TXI that there are present concerns about TXI in the Austin's Colony area currently, we did ask the representative to address these issues for the community on the 13th as well. We will continue to send information your way as we find it. Thanks, Manijeh Huereca DVCC 512-773-8397
Gravel Pit Development
posted by Caraly Foreman on November 16th, 2010 9:33 AM
BTW, regarding the Statesman's recent article about TXI and theTXI 'Rio de Vida' project (http://www.statesman.com/business/txi-plans-2-000-acre-development-straddling-texas-1050466.html?srcTrk=RTR_504016), the ACTUAL residents/businesses/DIRECTLY impacted, adjacent property owners' positions regarding TXI's current and future plans related to the project were GROSSLY misrepresented by the DVCC. Clear OPPOSITION to any current/future plans related to providing for expansion of mining and a 2,000 acre PIT for the next 25 years (and reclamation later) <50 feet from existing master planned communities/schools in a landlocked area remains. The mining expansion will NOT be accepted in any way and any other efforts thereof, under'mine' the directly impacted Communit's position and efforts. Please see, below: Tue, November 16, 2010 9:22:12 AMRe: TXI Rio de Vida project From: Caraly Foreman View Contact To: CCIHDV Del Valle Cc: fabshop@swbel.lnet; Carrie Hamrick ; Jeannette Kincaid ; Don & Judy Holden ; Dan Pacatte Austin Tree Farm ; Ryan Metz ... more -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And by the way, you ALREADY have been used to TOTALLY misrepresent us- just look at your quote in the Statesman article that just came out about this - Manijeh Huereca, president of the Del Valle Community Coalition, said residents who live near the site appreciated that TXI approached them about its plans Monday, before the project became public. "We're very happy that it's going to be environmentally friendly, and the way the housing is set up," she said." To say the least- FURIOUS about this misrepresentation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: Caraly Foreman To: CCIHDV Del Valle Cc: fabshop@swbel.lnet; Carrie Hamrick ; Jeannette Kincaid ; Don & Judy Holden ; Dan Pacatte Austin Tree Farm ; Ryan Metz ; Mitzi Shaw ; koymkg@gmail.com; DOUGLAS EDGAR ; Charles Payne ; mncarrasco516@hotmail.com; pryor.anthony@sbcglobal.net; Suzanne McEndree ; Dan Pacatte Austin Tree Farm Sent: Tue, November 16, 2010 9:09:21 AM Subject: Re: TXI Rio de Vida project Are you really kidding me regarding this response- that project is TXI's attempt to sell what they would put on the land AFTER they mine it, so please support their efforts? What you fail to understand is our entire fight is based on the fight that we are not even going to allow for them to mine that land right up against us and less than 50 FEET from our homes. You REALLY have to be kidding. That is like me sending you an email saying, ah, Manijeh, you & yours really need to leave Formula 1 alone and quit telling them what they should or should not do, as they will only better the area for all- and they will not even be located right up against you- and, BTW, we won;t even tell or include you in meetings with them for them to tell us what they want to do. You need to get educated/re-educated on the whole TXI specific Hornsby Bend East and West permits and, especially after this email, in NO WAY represent advocacy for their planning efforts on or on "our" Community's behalf or representation. It is absolutely unacceptable and we are and will remain adversarial to TXI as long as they continue to propose putting that 2,000 PIT right up against OUR homes. Period. You really are clueless to believe we would support and promote, with TXI, what they want to do with the land 25 year later (after we are all sick/dead). And related to proximity/participation? The pit would be INSIDE our landlocked Community (homes and businesses) and, personally, the 2,000 acre pit would beless than 200 FEET from my home and most of my neighbors- so please tell me how your home, as you mention below, would be more proximate in impacts than mine and my neighbors. You should have, at minimum, either contacted Richard Macdonald, Suzanne McEndree, the Holdens, I,or any other of our group members when TXI / the County contacted you for the meeting, as it has been known for going well over a year that we have been organizing / communicating about the gravel pit proposed IN our neighborhood. In other words, I believe it would be appropriate for you to deal with the existing gravel pits NOT next to existing residential/businesses in the Hunter's Bend/Dunlap Road areas, and have a good time with that, but absolutely do not in any way feel comfortable in representing those of us in the area where the pits are not yet located and/or are proposed to be put right up against us or in making agreements with TXI to promote their current or future planned use of such proposed Hornsby Bend East / West not yet mined lands. And perhaps you have been out of the loop for the last year , but we all clearly are, and maintain our adversarial fight against TXI and any actions that would provide for and or humor/support for TXI to expand their mining efforts in our Hunter's Bend / Dunlap Rds area lands, which, clearly would include this "in 25 years after we're done with them" project. Otherwise, you clearly ARE supporting TXI's efforts to mine in our neighborhood and reclaim later (which we do not support in anyway) and undermining all of our efforts. Period. We can just as easily go in public forums, news media, to Formula 1 itself, etc and state that on behalf of Del Valle, we fully support all of Formula 1's current and future efforts in your area and advocate for them to move forward as they have been, trusting they'll 'do good without the Community without your input' and without directly NEXT TO THAT PROJECT public's input and participation. Just seems very hypocritical/disappointing in the handling of this, esp. when, all along, you have known that we have been doing an INCREDIBLE amount of work to STOP these proposed TXI permits/plans in our specific area. They could offer Disney Land and free chocolate for the rest of your life on the land after 25 years (anyone can), but clearly not at the EXPENSE (public health/safety, property values, aesthetics, etc) of those that would live directly right next to the atrocity leading up to that for the next 25 years. That is simply not going to happen and you need to understand that and please do not speak for and/or especially misrepresent any advocacy for TXI/the County's current or future planning efforts for these specific lands (Hunter's Bend/Dunlap Rd- Hornsby Bend East and West proposed permit lands), as, again, it only serves to under"mine" our opposition efforts. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: CCIHDV Del Valle To: Caraly Foreman Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 9:31:30 PM Subject: Re: TXI Rio de Vida project Hi Caraly, That is correct, I was mistaken Richard is on the Austin's Colony HOA. The folks in Austin's Colony were told that after the mining project was complete they would make use of the land and that is what this project is for in the area between HWY 130 and Austin's Colony. Not what is currently being mined. I am aware that TXI is not done mining the other areas off of FM 969, and advocating on behalf of the community so it is done with minimal impact is not over, and was evident even in our meeting this morning. We, as a community member organization, hope to make these issues evident to TXI and Travis County as well as City of Austin or who ever else is interested. I think it is not beneficial to work at a cross purpose with TXI as they need community support at this phase in their project. It is a way to get what the community needs in a way that is not adversarial. I understand there is a history and we need to make it clear TXI should be held accountable but this project could be beneficial to the area. As more information is made available we should all keep a close eye on this project. I understand you say "we the impacted residents" I believe we are all impacted residents that is why this organization was formed. Further isolating our community gets us no where. This particular project is closer in proximity to you than it is to me, but our organization has a massive list of contacts and can spread information rapidly throughout the entire area. I am sure they will make an effort to notify all of the residents particularly in Austin's Colony, this is still VERY early in the planning process. They wanted to tell us before we heard it on the news. We have fought for a long time so that we were not the last to know about developments, and in this case we are not, and neither is Austin's Colony. I am pleased with that. We all have contacts and neighborhood groups of our own to pass along the information. This is a step in the right direction for this area. It is unfortunate that there was mining done in the first place, but re-designating the already used land, if done correctly, could be beneficial. I still hope, as we have previously talked about, that you and your community will continue to work with our group so that we all prosper. When people in Elroy said this is "my backyard" this only affects me, DVCC said what happens to one of us happens to all of us. If the F1 development creates a prosperous environment in Elroy, we said "What about North of the River"? We want to ensure that no part of this area is the 'dumping ground' or 'new East side'. If there is any group that genuinely cares about what is going on, and ensuring it is done fairly it is DVCC. We hope that regardless of who gets the information, you will continue to support the community in the endeavor to create an organization representative of all of our community needs. Thanks again, Manijeh On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 9:03 PM, Caraly Foreman wrote: Joe Gieselman explains 'everything', and no, Richard Franklin is not on our HOA- not even close. Reytex/Qualico/the builders are our HOA. TXI knows this, and has always known that, and Joe Gieselman most certainly knew this and that we, the impacted Austin's Colony residents, would not have been informed. The entire fact that the Commissioners and Joe willfully set out and approached your Group, versus the directly impacted Group that they very well know the names and contact information of, speaks volumes. Commissioners, we are NOT happy about this, and your once, again, unethical actions, suppression of public involvement from impacted property owners, and clearly going behind our backs...again. This is, absolutely, unacceptable, and especially in an Environmental Justice area, for the County, ridiculously reckless. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: CCIHDV Del Valle To: Caraly Foreman Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 6:23:16 PM Subject: Re: TXI Rio de Vida project Hi Caraly, Actually, they were referred to us through the county and Joe Gieselman. Richard Franklin who I believe is on your HOA was there this morning as well. I don't believe they are trying to meet behind your backs but are allowing a community organization to facilitate the meeting on the 13th to brief us all at one time and start the dialog with the community. I believe them approaching DVCC, is approaching the community, as that is why we were formed, so that we are not finding out from the news media or doing this alone. As you know we have written to you with the same concerns about TXI and Thomas Fritzinger and Richard Franklin are both heavily involved DVCC as they are within their own community. Thanks, Manijeh On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM, Caraly Foreman wrote: Manijeh- As nice as this sounds, did TXI explain why they did not approach us, the very residents and HOA area homes/businesses- aka the directly impacted adjacent property owners, of that project? Sounds like they are trying to sneak behind our backs and try to get other areas/groups to lobby 'for' their activities and as a distraction from the horrendous GRAVEL PIT that they would be putting right next to us IN Austin's Colony. Who from TXI approached you/the DVCC exec board members? Unbelievable that we weren't included and diasappointing finding out through a broadcast email... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: CCIHDV Del Valle Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 5:48:21 PM Subject: TXI Rio de Vida project Hello All, I wanted to update you on a local proposed development that some of the executive board members of DVCC were briefed on this morning. We met with TXI about a project they intend to do just west of Austin's Colony called Rio de Vida. You will probably hear about it in the next few days. This will be modern mixed housing and green space (similar to Mueller) along with trails and roadways connecting the area to existing areas including Austin's Colony. There is also space for commercial development along 130. TXI will be presenting at the DVCC meeting DEC 13th at 6:30 at the South Rural Community Center. We did inform TXI that there are present concerns about TXI in the Austin's Colony area currently, we did ask the representative to address these issues for the community on the 13th as well. We will continue to send information your way as we find it. Thanks, Manijeh Huereca DVCC 512-773-8397
Sheriff Liason
posted by Caraly Foreman on September 4th, 2010 11:28 AM
We "definitely" need some kind of liaison, especially from within the Sheriff's Office' itself, as wonderful as most of them are. Here's why. I cannot believe that I was in my 2nd Floor LR looking outside when I see two old F-10 and F-150 trucks (that were not workers, as I am familiar with the framers/roofers' vehicles) pull up to the new home being built in front of me, this morning, and while on the phone live with 911 for five minutes, I reported suspected trespassing and a theft of building materials in process, and step by step narrate to them the actions of the two men w/ a small boy as they were doing it - they were walking throughout /inside the house (the one man kept going in, scoping around, would bring out some material) while the other, with child, scoped the back and side yards and then went to the dumpster. I watched, also, as they put the For Sale posting frame into the back of their truck, along with other materials. When the Sheriff's Office arrived, I hung up with the police dispatcher. The Sheriff's officers walked up to one man that was in the dumpster (the child was still putting things in the back of the one truck) from items that had been located next to the house, and the other man was in the front yard coming out of the porch area. The Sheriff's officers walked around with them and then the Sheriff's office dispatcher called me and said that the Sheriff's officers had stated that the men claimed they were only taking things from the dumpster- even though I had physically watched and narrated to 911 exactly what they were doing up to that point, entering the home, walking in and out of it, taking materials, etc. I even live narrated to the dispatcher where the men were located when the Sheriff's officers arrived and were observing the area. The dispatcher said the Sheriff's Officers needed to talk to me, in which I stated that I was uncomfortable having the trespassing persons know and/or see immed where I lived (across from them) as a witness. The dispatcher then said, they can walk over to your house, which, again, the trespassers would clearly see. The dispatcher said that then there was nothing they could do unless I did come to speak to them t that time (which, in retrospect, it would have made more sensefor them to offer to take the suspected trespassers somewhere else, so they could not see where the witness (me) was/lived. Since they said I would have to come out or the offiers come to my home (while the trespassers were there) or no action could be taken, I said I would come out. It was a nightmare from thereon. The officers claimed that the men said they were only in the dumpsters even though, clearly, even when they arrived and during the time I came out, the one was clearly not. Also, they said that the men had every right to go on to the Reytex private property lot and inside the property, as well, as the homebuilder had not posted their property as no trespassing and the home, being in construction, is not locked up at this time. The one officer even said, "The homebuilder (i.e., Reyex) allows people like this to freely walk through their homes under construction like this all the time - they actually encourage people to do so in order to sell homes, so anyone is allowed to walk into (including inside) them at any time until they are locked up. I told them that that I did not believe that, esp since there has been a history of stolen materials (including wood, appliances, etc in our same neighborhood), and just because the home is not officially all the way enclosed/locked up, yet, neighbors should obviously not be discouraged from witnessing and immediately reporting suspicious activity and taking of materials as I had, esp. when those suspected trespassers taking materials cannot account for having been granted permission being given to them to enter the premises and take materials. Also, I told them that when a property and/or home is clearly under construction and is owned by a builder and/or is under contract/being bought by a homebuyer, that I thought the law did not 'require' posting no trespassing signs at every house being built and, instead, by state and real estate law, any access on or inside the property, whatever its state (construction, completion, or renovation) required permission from the property owner (be it to contractors, the homebuyers, and/or other real estate agents) to enter the property/premises, and that reporting suspected trespassers entering the property that did not appear to have permission to be there and who were acting suspicious and taking items from inside and around the property (and NOT just the dumpster, but, again, from entering/inside the home itself and on its lot) was appropriate. The one officer then raised his voice and said, "I know who you are, I've spoken with you before, and you do not tell us what you think the law is or not- we do that." He then pointed to a nail on the road located on the neighborhood street in the cul de sac and said, "So what, who should we cite for that nail, huh? Huh? How about we cite someone for placing an injurious item (the nail), here?" He was, obviously, emotional and being sarcastic. I said that I did not appreciate the sarcasm, that I did not even want to come out, and that all he should have said is thank you for reporting, we have your witness account, we will talk to the homebuilder and go from there. I did not need him raising his voice/attacking me and being sarcastic based on past encounters and the current situation and thus discouraging neighbors from reporting witnessed suspicious activity in a neighborhood that has clearly had the same crimes reported from what I had been observing, and he simply could have left it at thank you and we will talk to the homebuilder and go from there. The other officer said they were/would get to doing that, and I just said, that is all that I needed, as I not only do not need this type of turnaround of the situation blaming/discouraging, but did not, frankly, deserve it. At that time, a worker pulled up at the site. When the Sheriff's officers saw this and saw him get out of his vehicle and go into the house, the one asked me if I recognized that man or his vehicle. I said that I absolutely recognized this man's vehicle (as I had said about not recognizing the other men's vehicles). The officer then told me to walk with him into the house where the newly arrived man had showed up. He walks me up to the man and says to him, "This lady says she does not recognize you, are you a worker" in which I interrupted and said, "That is not at all what I said, he is twisting my words, as I said I absolutely recognized your vehicle as a worker with crew who has been here before- you are leading him." The man proceeded to confirm what I said, he was the Framer (and allowed to be there). He also confirmed he did not know those other two men/vehcles that were at the site and that he would know who was supposed to be there at this construction phase of the home he was working on." At that time, I asked the same man if he would know and or if he or his men would be held responsible if items were found missing from the home, in which he responded yes, and then the officer said, "You can't ask him leading questions." I could not believe it. The Framer then said (and repeated four more times prior to me returning to my home) to the officers that at this exact same home, they have had a substantial amount of building material (of value) stolen from inside and outside of it and thanked me for calling, saying that he would have done the same thing and that it helps them." The officer, after the Framer said this the first time said, well we are not talking about what has happened 'a hundred years, ago'. The Framer replied, no, it has been at this same house/lot, and I appreciate what she has done, we need this." The officer then had the Framer go through what was already loaded (had I not called, they would have taken more, as were in the process of it) and he said that all but one piece of the material loaded (which was not much, as my call had stopped it early) was extra material/something they could consider excess building material. The suspected trespassers were also asked to return/take out of the truck the For Sale Frame that I had winessed them taking from the property and loading, amongst other materials, in their one truck. I can understand officers giving a break or discretionary authority to persons gathering excess building debris, but not to ones that were clearly (and the 911 dispatch narrative shows) entering the property without permission, entering and spending time scoping/looking for things inside and throughout the interior of the home and then outside it on its lot, of a home under construction, taking things out, and loading, from inside the home and immediately outside of the home into their trucks, and not being able to, once officers arrived, account for permission to do so granted. What I cannot and do not understand, and do not accept is Sheriff's Office dispatcher telling me (the witness) that the only way they could take action at that time was for the suspected trespassers to clearly see who I was and/or exactly where I lived (either by me coming outside right at that time to them or the officers, while the suspected trespassers were present) walk across the street in clear view to my home. Also, I do not understand the trespassing rules when reported as suspected, as the officers clearly stated that the homebuilders not only allow but encourage anyone to enter their private parcels and under construction homes and to go inside/walk through even when permission is not granted, because the home lot does not have a no trespassing sign and because the home is not locked up, yet. I told the officers that if this is the case, then if we observe suspected persons in the middle of the night (as in true cases of crimes that have occurred, here) taking appliances and items of value out of an under construction home, be it via a front door or window or garage (because not locked or opened by them), we should not report it as suspicious activity to law enforcement, as the builder, according to theese officers and their interpretation of the law and lack of law rights and logic, the home does not have a no trespassing sign and because it it considered under construction and the builder encourages this. I told them that they totally have made a witness (me) feel like I had greatly inconvenienced them, the one was completely out of hand (emotional, sarcastic, and rude), that these suspected trespassers were completely within their rights to enter the property (inside and out) and take materials, at will until the home was occupied, and that I should leave the observations of any suspected activity like this to them, and not report anything of this type of suspected activity, again. The Framer interrupted several times, again, and as I walked away, and told the officers directly, and to me, that this home build was having this exact same trespassing/theft of materials (including his own), that they should not discourage this, that I did do the right thing, that he would have done the same, and absolutely appreciated it. I replied, I am sorry, but I will, and specifically because of and after this experience, never report a suspected in progress trespassing and / or crime again. There is a reason crimes continue in this area, and in all honesty, and disappointingly, 'this' is why.
Vandalism
posted by Caraly Foreman on September 4th, 2010 11:27 AM
I cannot believe that I was in my 2nd Floor LR looking outside when I see two old F-10 and F-150 trucks (that were not workers, as I am familiar with the framers/roofers' vehicles) pull up to the new home being built in front of me, this morning, and while on the phone live with 911 for five minutes, I reported suspected trespassing and a theft of building materials in process, and step by step narrate to them the actions of the two men w/ a small boy as they were doing it - they were walking throughout /inside the house (the one man kept going in, scoping around, would bring out some material) while the other, with child, scoped the back and side yards and then went to the dumpster. I watched, also, as they put the For Sale posting frame into the back of their truck, along with other materials. When the Sheriff's Office arrived, I hung up with the police dispatcher. The Sheriff's officers walked up to one man that was in the dumpster (the child was still putting things in the back of the one truck) from items that had been located next to the house, and the other man was in the front yard coming out of the porch area. The Sheriff's officers walked around with them and then the Sheriff's office dispatcher called me and said that the Sheriff's officers had stated that the men claimed they were only taking things from the dumpster- even though I had physically watched and narrated to 911 exactly what they were doing up to that point, entering the home, walking in and out of it, taking materials, etc. I even live narrated to the dispatcher where the men were located when the Sheriff's officers arrived and were observing the area. The dispatcher said the Sheriff's Officers needed to talk to me, in which I stated that I was uncomfortable having the trespassing persons know and/or see immed where I lived (across from them) as a witness. The dispatcher then said, they can walk over to your house, which, again, the trespassers would clearly see. The dispatcher said that then there was nothing they could do unless I did come to speak to them t that time (which, in retrospect, it would have made more sensefor them to offer to take the suspected trespassers somewhere else, so they could not see where the witness (me) was/lived. Since they said I would have to come out or the offiers come to my home (while the trespassers were there) or no action could be taken, I said I would come out. It was a nightmare from thereon. The officers claimed that the men said they were only in the dumpsters even though, clearly, even when they arrived and during the time I came out, the one was clearly not. Also, they said that the men had every right to go on to the Reytex private property lot and inside the property, as well, as the homebuilder had not posted their property as no trespassing and the home, being in construction, is not locked up at this time. The one officer even said, "The homebuilder (i.e., Reyex) allows people like this to freely walk through their homes under construction like this all the time - they actually encourage people to do so in order to sell homes, so anyone is allowed to walk into (including inside) them at any time until they are locked up. I told them that that I did not believe that, esp since there has been a history of stolen materials (including wood, appliances, etc in our same neighborhood), and just because the home is not officially all the way enclosed/locked up, yet, neighbors should obviously not be discouraged from witnessing and immediately reporting suspicious activity and taking of materials as I had, esp. when those suspected trespassers taking materials cannot account for having been granted permission being given to them to enter the premises and take materials. Also, I told them that when a property and/or home is clearly under construction and is owned by a builder and/or is under contract/being bought by a homebuyer, that I thought the law did not 'require' posting no trespassing signs at every house being built and, instead, by state and real estate law, any access on or inside the property, whatever its state (construction, completion, or renovation) required permission from the property owner (be it to contractors, the homebuyers, and/or other real estate agents) to enter the property/premises, and that reporting suspected trespassers entering the property that did not appear to have permission to be there and who were acting suspicious and taking items from inside and around the property (and NOT just the dumpster, but, again, from entering/inside the home itself and on its lot) was appropriate. The one officer then raised his voice and said, "I know who you are, I've spoken with you before, and you do not tell us what you think the law is or not- we do that." He then pointed to a nail on the road located on the neighborhood street in the cul de sac and said, "So what, who should we cite for that nail, huh? Huh? How about we cite someone for placing an injurious item (the nail), here?" He was, obviously, emotional and being sarcastic. I said that I did not appreciate the sarcasm, that I did not even want to come out, and that all he should have said is thank you for reporting, we have your witness account, we will talk to the homebuilder and go from there. I did not need him raising his voice/attacking me and being sarcastic based on past encounters and the current situation and thus discouraging neighbors from reporting witnessed suspicious activity in a neighborhood that has clearly had the same crimes reported from what I had been observing, and he simply could have left it at thank you and we will talk to the homebuilder and go from there. The other officer said they were/would get to doing that, and I just said, that is all that I needed, as I not only do not need this type of turnaround of the situation blaming/discouraging, but did not, frankly, deserve it. At that time, a worker pulled up at the site. When the Sheriff's officers saw this and saw him get out of his vehicle and go into the house, the one asked me if I recognized that man or his vehicle. I said that I absolutely recognized this man's vehicle (as I had said about not recognizing the other men's vehicles). The officer then told me to walk with him into the house where the newly arrived man had showed up. He walks me up to the man and says to him, "This lady says she does not recognize you, are you a worker" in which I interrupted and said, "That is not at all what I said, he is twisting my words, as I said I absolutely recognized your vehicle as a worker with crew who has been here before- you are leading him." The man proceeded to confirm what I said, he was the Framer (and allowed to be there). He also confirmed he did not know those other two men/vehcles that were at the site and that he would know who was supposed to be there at this construction phase of the home he was working on." At that time, I asked the same man if he would know and or if he or his men would be held responsible if items were found missing from the home, in which he responded yes, and then the officer said, "You can't ask him leading questions." I could not believe it. The Framer then said (and repeated four more times prior to me returning to my home) to the officers that at this exact same home, they have had a substantial amount of building material (of value) stolen from inside and outside of it and thanked me for calling, saying that he would have done the same thing and that it helps them." The officer, after the Framer said this the first time said, well we are not talking about what has happened 'a hundred years, ago'. The Framer replied, no, it has been at this same house/lot, and I appreciate what she has done, we need this." The officer then had the Framer go through what was already loaded (had I not called, they would have taken more, as were in the process of it) and he said that all but one piece of the material loaded (which was not much, as my call had stopped it early) was extra material/something they could consider excess building material. The suspected trespassers were also asked to return/take out of the truck the For Sale Frame that I had winessed them taking from the property and loading, amongst other materials, in their one truck. I can understand officers giving a break or discretionary authority to persons gathering excess building debris, but not to ones that were clearly (and the 911 dispatch narrative shows) entering the property without permission, entering and spending time scoping/looking for things inside and throughout the interior of the home and then outside it on its lot, of a home under construction, taking things out, and loading, from inside the home and immediately outside of the home into their trucks, and not being able to, once officers arrived, account for permission to do so granted. What I cannot and do not understand, and do not accept is Sheriff's Office dispatcher telling me (the witness) that the only way they could take action at that time was for the suspected trespassers to clearly see who I was and/or exactly where I lived (either by me coming outside right at that time to them or the officers, while the suspected trespassers were present) walk across the street in clear view to my home. Also, I do not understand the trespassing rules when reported as suspected, as the officers clearly stated that the homebuilders not only allow but encourage anyone to enter their private parcels and under construction homes and to go inside/walk through even when permission is not granted, because the home lot does not have a no trespassing sign and because the home is not locked up, yet. I told the officers that if this is the case, then if we observe suspected persons in the middle of the night (as in true cases of crimes that have occurred, here) taking appliances and items of value out of an under construction home, be it via a front door or window or garage (because not locked or opened by them), we should not report it as suspicious activity to law enforcement, as the builder, according to theese officers and their interpretation of the law and lack of law rights and logic, the home does not have a no trespassing sign and because it it considered under construction and the builder encourages this. I told them that they totally have made a witness (me) feel like I had greatly inconvenienced them, the one was completely out of hand (emotional, sarcastic, and rude), that these suspected trespassers were completely within their rights to enter the property (inside and out) and take materials, at will until the home was occupied, and that I should leave the observations of any suspected activity like this to them, and not report anything of this type of suspected activity, again. The Framer interrupted several times, again, and as I walked away, and told the officers directly, and to me, that this home build was having this exact same trespassing/theft of materials (including his own), that they should not discourage this, that I did do the right thing, that he would have done the same, and absolutely appreciated it. I replied, I am sorry, but I will, and specifically because of and after this experience, never report a suspected in progress trespassing and / or crime again. There is a reason crimes continue in this area, and in all honesty, and disappointingly, 'this' is why.
ATX Juneteenth Music Festival - Waterloo Park 6/19 1:00 - 9:00 pm
posted by Melia O'Dell on June 3rd, 2010 5:30 PM
ATX Juneteenth Music Festival at Waterloo Park The ATX Juneteenth Music Festival will be held at Waterloo Park on Saturday, June 19th from 1pm – 9pm. It is an event for the entire family that will provide an opportunity for the citizen’s of Austin, surrounding counties and cities to socialize, network and celebrate Emancipation Day on Juneteenth, an Official State Holiday in Texas. The Festival lineup will showcase local Rap Artist Nook, T-Byrd, Lo-1, and Baby Ju, the Frank Gomez Band, John Washington and the D.C. Blues Band, CassFlo, Jackyee, Bro. Magnum, Monte Carlo, Chris Keyz and Band, and featured group for the evening Hot Wax. The festival includes food and informational booths, children’s activities, beverages, and giveaways. The admission is free along with free parking in the State parking garages at 12th and Trinity and 15th and Trinity. Festival goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets family and friends……….No Beverages and coolers are allowed. For further information you may visit http://www.atxjuneteenth.com or call (512) 8014104.
What to do with birds out on the street?
posted by SleeperService on May 14th, 2010 1:02 PM
First let me say that I'm not anti cat.. I'm a dog owner yes -- but I've had cats before and am fine with them. However I absolutely cannot abide the two previous semi throwaway comments..( although at least the last had a smiley ).Karen Zeb :"Personnaly I have more problems with the errant dog deposit than undesired cat poop"AnnaSlade :"I'll just step over the dog poop frequently in my yard to get to it :)" ( as I said I appreciate the smiley -- and thats really whats stopping me from being a little more harsh ).You can't be critical of one type of poop depositing while being completely blase towards your type of poop .. this is an equal opportunity pooping policy here. By blase I mean -- you can't let your cat out and know were that cat is all the time if you think you can you are deceiving yourself. Furthermore while offering to pick up poop is nice -- its frankly a little on the ridiculous side -- I don't even CSI grissom could work that shit out -- I think you should use a little empathy if you truly meant what you typed -- if you don't like some poop there is a significant probability that somebody don't like yours. As dog owners we do our best to be responsible and also try and make sure our neighbors are cool with how our dogs are acting.before the last several posts I was gonna make the following salient points.1> People are generally trying to get along -- assume good intent -- a knock at the door -- a pm etc is much preferred over a call to 311..2> Not everything animal related occurs in this neighborhood because of animals owned in the neighborhood...However seeing the quantity of freedom loving cat pooping posts might well alter my stance.just my 2 euros.Ezra.
forums vs topics
posted by jillians on February 19th, 2010 3:21 AM
We don't. People are creating a "forum" rather than creating a new topic in the appropriate preexisting forum. It makes for a very long Index page. Frankly, I just look at the recent posts. I didn't realize until today there was a "Parking forum", which would've been helpful to me in the last two weeks. Maybe a pull down menu of existing forums for new topic entries. Like when you create an ebay listing, you select a category to locate the listing. At this point, we've got several that should be combined into one forum. A few that should be made topics in other forums...I'm sure we could get a volunteer mod or two in this crowd.
Fright at the Museum--Sunday, Oct. 25
posted by Atwood on October 21st, 2009 3:38 PM
Just passing along info for a Halloween event at a great museum... Fright at the Museum: Sunday, Oct. 25th from 1 to 5 pm -- FREE! Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity Street, Austin, TX http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/events/fright/index.html Dress up your little goblins and celebrate Halloween at Austin's very own dinosaur graveyard during Fright at the Museum! Join our spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of Texas' natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bugs while we serve up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. Be sure to come in your Halloween costume! Schedule of activities: 1:00-5:00 pm: Wander the Museum's haunted halls and visit with our spooky scientists Eerie excavations in our Dig Pit Create your own "Frankensaurus" monster and other bone-chilling crafts Pose for pictures in our frightful forest 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm: Tales to Make You Tremble: story time for the whole family by Patricia Ramsey, a children's librarian
Beer-Tasting at Clementine Cafe
posted by tj1407 on July 15th, 2009 11:42 AM
This Saturday, July 18th, Clementine Coffee (Manor Rd) will be hosting a beer-tasting in support of our local Open Door Preschool. Your ticket will get you generous beer samples from Austin's best local brewers--including Live Oak, (512) Brewery, Independence Brewing, and Real Ale--and snacks from Eastside Cafe, Galaxy Cafe, and Eastside Pies, and the usual wide selection of Clementine Beers. Open sampling begins at 3:00 and each attending brewery will hold a brief information session starting at 5:00. So if you're a homebrewer, a hophead, or just a plain ol' beer lover, you'll definitely want to be a part of it. Later that evening, local blues favorites Bankrupt and the Borrowers and alt-country outfit Frank Smith will be playing live at Clementine. This is Bankrupt's welcome-home show after their long tour across the country, so you know they'll be playing WITH VIGOR. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on site. I'll be heading to this event sometime on Saturday if anyone wants to join me! - Torie ps Open Door Preschool is also having a yard sale this Saturday morning. If you've got something you've been meaning to get rid of and would like to drop it off for them to sell, they are taking things today and tomorrow to sell Saturday morning.
LED Streetlamps
posted by SleeperService on May 26th, 2009 4:22 PM
one mans obnoxious...The problem is if they are hooded or shaded or single point lights or dimmed or whatever - then you will eventually create pools of light around the pole. No doubt what you would prefer. The problem with that is it implies pools of darkness in between islands of light. and that simply doesn't feel safe to me. I would frankly be quite intimated to walk around in a situation like that.Also if the light is too directed and/or badly directed there are significant risks of ruining any actual nightvision when striding around the area -- this is what happens to me in the emma long park -- those annoying bollard lights simply blind me rather then actually casting light. They look stylish but are crap.Ezra.
Aaron moved to Mueller pt 15
posted by aaron on May 22nd, 2009 4:33 PM
The quantitative sauce theory. I’ve been working on this new theory in my head that I have to get out into the blogosphere. When I was a kid we didn’t eat out much. In fact, we didn’t even have a microwave. My mom had to scrap together a dinner from actual food and not frozen processed treats, except for the occasional time when we had an hour to spare for a frozen TV to cook properly in its Swanson’s lazy S stamped , complete with cherry cobbler that was always eaten first. I am sure every older reader of this blog is licking their lips reminiscing about metallic flavored cherry cobbler and the younger reader is patiently awaiting comments how much is snowed and how much movies cost, etc. On the few nights we actually got to eat out, we got to go get a taco at Taco Bell where the whole family ate for a few bucks, or on special nights get a burger at a burger joint. Our options for tacos at were hot sauce. Just one flavor of hot sauce. (I did learn the in the Taco Bell hot sauce at this time which, crazily, still works today.) At the burger place, we got our choice of mustard, mayonnaise, and/or ketchup. That’s it. Back then you could actually taste the meat in the burger/taco. I’m sure there were some salt and pepper seasoning and the meat nicely meshed with the basic sauce and you had an enjoyable meal. The first sauce variation came in the form of a “Special Sauce”. The three main ingredients in a special sauce recipe, which some will claim as is mayonnaise, ketchup and pickle relish. Why put three different ingredients on, when you can pre-mix your batch and give a funky, yet, marketable name? Thus was born Mr. McDonald’s “Special Sauce”, applied “liberally”, with his “caulking gun applicator”. In the early 80’s, and I’m not making this up, the which had bought the rights to dressing from Hidden Valley Ranch, cleverly came up with a unrefrigerated bottle of its “ranch” dressing and began selling it at supermarkets. By the mid eighties, ranch dressing was showing up at pizza buffets, (probably as stray from the salad bar side to the pizza side) as crust dip and Doritos flavoring. Basically, the ranch boom was only missing ranch flavored gum. This mega-sauce had a profound effect on the junk and fast food lifestyle that a now expanding (woo hoo ) American public was witnessing. Meat products of restaurants were being overshadowed by sauces. They became marketing beacons to bring in the masses. Nowadays, you can drown your meal with sauces. A current scan of restaurants reveals, , honey mustard sauce, , , BBQ sauce, etc. Add in that you could add any salad dressing to your burger or taco and you’ve got meals that are all sauce and no other flavors. Seriously, try to eat a burger at a restaurant that is loaded in sauce and try to taste the meat. There is no substance now, and restaurants put all of their attention in sauces. We are overwhelmed with sauces. If I’m going to die by heart attack some day, I want to at least enjoy my meat product sandwich. You may be wondering how the hell I am going to tie a Friday after lunch sauce theory with living at Mueller. So let me quickly wrap this up with this epiphany. If Mueller is a hark back to the old porch days when Americans sat on their porch and hung out with cheap beers and debated current events, then Mueller must be the mustard/ketchup of the sauce world. Where the burgers taste delicious and living is easy. You’ll notice that when America started moving away from the cities to suburbs that America started fattening up on sauces with their meals. Therefore, suburbia is a ranch dressing special sauce sandwich deep friend in emptiness and social isolation. This weekend kicks off the . Tickets don’t come cheap, and since this is the first time in a long time that a centrally located parade of homes exist, they are expecting anywhere between 20,000 to 40,000 people to visit. At $15 a ticket, that is a lot of mullah to see how I live (in a much cheaper house). If you do visit the parade of homes (which actually sounds like a good time with the live music and energy savings booths), feel free to drop by the GC (garden court for first time readers) and say hi. I am in the red house a block east of the parade area. I’ll even give you a tour of my house for free, er, I mean a small fee. Lemonade for the lemonadely challenged. Mueller high lifes for those high lifey challenged. I do have concerns about parking the next two weeks. I hear there is a park and ride that I hope people will use, but know that they won’t. If you do come on Saturday, feel free to stick around for the movie in the Garden Court. Last week’s monsoon pushed back the movie night to this Saturday. I’m going to show at dark:15 for the kiddos (complete with Wonka bar cleverly disguised as a Hersey bar and everlasting inedible glow sticks) and following up with . This post has no new shenanigan for buying my house. The last few weeks of grad school kicked my butt a bit and I had no time to doing anything outrageously funny for money. Lastly, here is this post’s underground campaign. I hope you like it. Next time, I apply my food science degree to better uses, like investigating the effects of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in for chopped green peppers using gas chromatograph read outs. It’s quite a decomposing subject.
Disturbance at Wooten Park?
posted by Murmur on May 20th, 2009 2:10 PM
This is certainly a disturbing incident. I don't know more than what I've read here, but it doesn't really sound like a "gang-related" incident. It sounds more like an incident involving gangbangers. Seems like some young hoods wanted to play a game of pick up basketball on the Wooten courts. A game was already going on. The hoods got aggressive and the cops were called.Maybe these kids belong to gangs, but this doesn't really sound like it was related to their being in a gang. Again, maybe there are facts I don't know that will prove me wrong.Sounds like everyone involved, including APD, responded appropriately. I do agree with everyone who has posted that this neighborhood must remain constantly vigilant about criminals and work on hardening our neighborhood against crime. Awareness is the first step in that process. I'm glad we are having frank discussions on these forums to facilitate it.
A question for Mueller's families...
posted by Elizabeth on May 7th, 2009 5:04 PM
Thank you to everyone for your opinions, and, all the helpful information...I really do appreciate it. : ) I certainly hope that I did not offend anyone by being frank because that was surely not my intent. I definitely feel that Mueller is a unique, and, also a truly refreshing type of environment! I totally, totally agree especially with smittyhoo especially - I would also rather live in a non-pretentious community that does not contribute to urban sprawl and I would like to introduce my child to culture and diversity at an early age...don't get much of it out here in the NW for sure. Did some more research on the Kensington and was glad to find that it does not have hourly rentals like the builder we met with had mentioned (thanks for that info sloneycho)...just FYI though - it does have weekly rental rates available...and yes, I was bothered by it's condition and close proximity to the house we considered on Tom Miller and I do feel that this concern, along with my other safety concerns of the area are valid, but, I don't think that they are going to stop us from moving to Mueller! Again, thanks so much to everyone for all of this information. : )
Austin Contrarian blog on Mueller houses (with nice photos)
posted by Drew on March 10th, 2008 2:40 PM
Austin Contrarian, a great blog about zoning issues in Austin, has a nice set of photos and commentary about the Mueller residential neighborhood. Some of his observations are pretty interesting:[list:15wkji3o]"The garden court is an attractive idea. I hope the owners enjoy the sound of little children's laughter, though: With open space at a premium at Mueller, I'm sure it will be a kid magnet."[/list:u:15wkji3o][list:15wkji3o]"Mueller is reviving the garage apartment (technically, a "carriage house" when attached to a $500K+ home). Here's the Standard Pacific version: [photo]. The one I toured had a separate bedroom and bathroom and a kitchenette. A good place to stash in-laws."[/list:u:15wkji3o][list:15wkji3o]"The next few shots are of finished-out streets. I think Catellus got enough variation in builders and floor plans to avoid the cookie-cutter look."[/list:u:15wkji3o][list:15wkji3o]"By the way, I like the whole "Let's-use-only-last-names-and-not-first-names-and-middle-initials-too-like-they-do-at-UT" system for naming streets. It's retro. And the right name insinuates that you live on an old street. "Lawless," for example. It oozes authenticity. We all know a developer would insist on the full name -- "Peter Lawless" -- rather than giving the street a criminal brand that might scare off conservative homeowners. So "Lawless" must be an old street, platted in the days when the city consisted of earthy, hearty folk who couldn't have cared less about the social signals emitted by their street signs." [/list:u:15wkji3o][list:15wkji3o]"Most of the corner-lot homes have this kind of dramatic articulation. (You can see another example in a Muskin Co. corner-lot home in the second photograph above.) It's a "New Urbanist" design principle: Articulate long, flat walls to keep the streetscape visually interesting and more inviting for pedestrians. Frankly, I haven't seen any older neighborhoods with this kind of dramatic articulation on the "off-street" side; this must really be "new" urbanism. I admit it is more attractive visually, but it's awfully expensive, both in construction costs and sacrificed space." [/list:u:15wkji3o][list:15wkji3o]"In the background you can see the large steps leading down to the water. These will turn out to be a very good idea, I think. I've seen people milling around on them every time I've been out there. It's an inviting place to just sit and watch the ducks." [/list:u:15wkji3o][list:15wkji3o]"By the way, if you've heard that the yards at Mueller are small, that's just not true. I haven't shown you any yards, so let me pick one out at random ..."[/list:u:15wkji3o]Here's the link: http://austinzoning.typepad.com/austinc ... updat.html
Street Construction Projects Surrounding Mueller
posted by lkunz on December 20th, 2007 9:02 AM
A number of street construction projects surrounding Mueller will begin in January. Contractors are working to keep any traffic disruptions to a minimum. Crews will be working along the north side of Anchor Lane in the right-of-way between the pond and the street. They will initially be laying communication conduits. This work will take place along Anchor Lane from near the business park along I-35 to Manor Road. The project is scheduled to be complete in mid February. No lane closures are anticipated during this project. However there will be barricades on the edge of Anchor Lane on the southbound side. This project will begin shortly after January 1st and will take approximately 30 days to complete. There is a possibility of single lane closures periodically while crews are boring. The new traffic light will not be operational until later in the spring. Work will begin in mid January to improve the street light system along Airport Boulevard from I-35 to 38th Street. Crews will replace the existing lights with silver CobraHead fixtures, similar to the new streetlights on Mueller Boulevard. The overhead electric lines will also be moved underground as part of the improvement project. Most of the work will take place in the median. Single lane closure on both the east and west lanes of Airport Boulevard will occur along different stretches periodically during business hours. This project is scheduled to be complete in mid March. If you have any questions or need more information please email contactus@muelleraustin.com. Thanks.
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