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Old 10-05-2010, 08:15 AM
 
Location: 78747
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What are your thoughts on the subject matter?

Homeless RV park proposal | KXAN.com

This looks to be smack dab in the middle of north Austin at Burnet and Braker. Is this a bad area? It sounds as if the area has been selected for other social services as well. Is this a blip, or is the area going downhill?
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Creedmoor, TX
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I think it's a waste of money ...
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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What are your thoughts on the subject matter?

Homeless RV park proposal | KXAN.com

This looks to be smack dab in the middle of north Austin at Burnet and Braker. Is this a bad area? It sounds as if the area has been selected for other social services as well. Is this a blip, or is the area going downhill?
That is right down the street from the domain and IBM. Because of the domain I thought the area would see a resurgence, especially since burnet north of 183 has been zoned a high density area and the city is trying to encourage it to be a second downtown. A homeless RV park will definitely not help.

However the area is pretty much 100% commercial so there arent any neighborhood associations to get up in arms about it.
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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People are people if they commit a crime they'll be dealt with, I'm sure the city will watch the area like a hawk. Obviously the city doesnt want to tick off local businesses so they'll have to run it well. And as someone else said theres not a huge amount of neighborhoods close so no neighborhood to go crazy at the prospect.

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Compared to what? Housing them in jail at a huge cost per day? Compared to giving the homeless no opportunity to transition from the streets to a regular life?
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:21 PM
 
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Obviously the city doesnt want to tick off local businesses so they'll have to run it well.
Unless I missed something, the RV park is being proposed by Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a church affiliated non profit. The article doesn't seem to mention any additional funding provided by the city (again, unless I missed that part). Several of the comments on the article also complain about tax dollars and that the "city" is spending/wasting money on this so now I'm starting wonder if I either missed or don't get something.
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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Unless I missed something, the RV park is being proposed by Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a church affiliated non profit. The article doesn't seem to mention any additional funding provided by the city (again, unless I missed that part). Several of the comments on the article also complain about tax dollars and that the "city" is spending/wasting money on this so now I'm starting wonder if I either missed or don't get something.
Well they'll force the non-profit to run it well. Whatever either way it'll be well run the city cant afford to have it be an out of control mess right there near all those businesses.
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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Well they'll force the non-profit to run it well. Whatever either way it'll be well run the city cant afford to have it be an out of control mess right there near all those businesses.
Agreed about COA having to keep a real close eye, not only is it close to the Domain but also Arbor Walk. I would think the city would encourage them to seek a spot not quite so close to such high profile locations. While there isn't much in the way of residential areas to complain, I'd imagine Simon Group would have a lot to say about it.
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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Agreed about COA having to keep a real close eye, not only is it close to the Domain but also Arbor Walk. I would think the city would encourage them to seek a spot not quite so close to such high profile locations. While there isn't much in the way of residential areas to complain, I'd imagine Simon Group would have a lot to say about it.

If Simon/Endeavor doesn't like it, they can return the $57,000,000 in taxpayer funded subsidies they are slated to pocket over the next 20 years. Screw 'em.
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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hmmm, got duped somehow

Last edited by austinnerd; 10-05-2010 at 03:26 PM..
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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Considering that the Domain is receiving up to 65 million dollars in taxpayer funded subsidies, they have no right to complain.
Quite the opposite IMHO. Given that they've received/are receiving subsidies, I whole heartedly want them to succeed. Regardless of whatever sweetheart deal they got from the city, the place does employ a large number of people and it brings in higher income residents to it's apartments (other than those that have been set aside for "affordable" housing). If the place were to tank then it would be a net loss for everyone, esp in the short term. We don't need to keep bending over for them, but since it's here and the deal is done I think it's worth it to keep it functional. Plus COA can, in theory, back out of the deal.
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