Dickerson: Why blacks are really leaving Austin By Mechele Dickerson As recent reports note, blacks continue to leave Austin. Many say it is because of the city’s decision in the 1920s to create a “negro district” or because of ongoing tensions between the black community and the Austin Police Department. The main reason blacks are […]
The Community Development Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law has released a report examining the City of Austin’s ad hoc policy for dealing with tenant displacement issues in conjunction with the demolition of an apartment complex on East Riverside Drive last year that displaced more than five hundred low-income tenants. In order to better protect tenants who are displaced from future apartment demolitions, the report recommends the adoption of a uniform citywide tenant relocation ordinance with stronger enforcement mechanisms.
Ryan Robinson, the City of Austin’s Demographer, will present his analysis of the latest U.S. Census data for Austin and what it means for historically disadvantaged groups in the region. Robinson will explore current and future trends caused by Austin’s rapidly changing demographics and population growth patterns, including how the poor continue to fall behind. The session, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Law School on Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 12:30 p.m.–1:30 pm in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111).