AURA lies about homelessness

From a post on the page of the only sitting city council member to which I donated (ask me why!), I replied:

The multiple people associated with AURA commenting on this thread are doing well to continue that organization’s history of shameless public dishonesty.

1. Prop B does not “criminalize” or (slightly less inaccurately) “recriminalize” homelessness. The only way that statement could be true is if cops could go into Camp Esperanza or the ARCH and write people tickets. Anybody using the phrase “criminalize homelessness” is therefore either dishonest or ignorant. (AURA contains both!)

2. I’m an urbanist; I want more housing supply! So what happened? Well, one of the main reasons urbanists no longer have a slim majority on City Council is the District 6 election, in which Jimmy Flannigan was pantsed by a complete novice, because people did in fact pay attention to the breakdown of public order and safety. (In the general, the candidates getting support because of the failure to deal with unregulated encampments split the anti-Flannigan vote; in the runoff, he lost pretty definitively).

3. AURA previously wasted those years of a supposed urbanist majority producing basically zero or even negative housing supply (the main ‘achievement’ being an ordinance related to advanced notice of non-renewals in demolition cases pushed by Casar that if anything REDUCES housing supply). They played footsie with DSA activists who never had any real interest in increasing market supply (because they don’t believe in it).

If you’re an urbanist, stay away from AURA; they’ve been co-opted by a combination of the DSA and other liars and fools.

Project Connect: Here We Go Again Again

(I had this ready to post to #atxfreedomurbanists, Austin’s only urbanist group that doesn’t suck, but facebook has been down all day and I’m tired of waiting).

In 2015, I wrote a series of posts about pushing for honesty in our transportation agencies. I promoted this effort in atxurbanists and internally at AURA, and was mocked and belittled by the leadership of AURA for my trouble.
Today, it appears that Project Connect is now repeating history so convincingly that even Julio has had enough. Too bad he didn’t think so in 2015.
Follow the two links for details.


From vast experience in this community, the engagement method you suggest (one-on-one private conversations) affords executive staff & policymakers unnacountable discretion. My – apparently ignored – request was for a public explanation of changes & formal public version control.— Julio Gonzalez Altamirano (@juliogatx) March 13, 2019

Tweet by Julio Gonzalez Altamirano, just earlier today


(and the second link was:)

Honesty Agenda best starter post (actually the second in the series though).