Category Archives: Speeches

Come Now, Let Us Reason Together

RECA Mayoral Townhall

Mar. 9, 2017

 

Mayor Adler deviated somewhat from his prepared text.

 

MarchLunchHomepageIt’s good that we can be together today.

The guidance I was given gently suggested that y’all might like to have perhaps more time for questions this year and a bit less time for me to hold forth on my insights. Boy, you know the honeymoon is over when they ask you to hurry it up with the speech so they can get to the Q&A. Don’t worry. I want to get to your questions as much as you do. Knowing what’s on your mind is as important to me as you knowing what’s on my mind.

It’s been a year since we were together at this event. In the intervening months, I have spent literally tens of thousands of hours in City Council meetings. The process of governing might be sometimes awkward, and the results are rarely – if ever – to everyone’s liking, we are dealing with the big issue facing Austin: affordability. Continue reading

SOCA: Supply & demand in Austin housing

A key part of any change agenda this year has to focus on affordability. We must make Austin affordable for people who live in Austin, and we need to build ladders of opportunity for communities that historically have been cut off.

If we’re going to change in a way that promotes affordability the Austin way, first we’re going to have to have a clear-eyed talk about housing and housing supply. Where we build it, where we preserve it, where we keep it affordable, and how we make it easier to remodel and to build the housing stock we need.

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