The current land use code has allowed for East Austin to be treated differently than Central, West, and Southwest Austin. Development intensity and density that is allowed in East Austin is prohibited in other parts of town, partly causing displacement and gentrification. What are your general thoughts on displacement and gentrification? What do you think about this policy of the City? Would you propose changing it? Why?

Natasha Harper-Madison

City Council, District 1

I am all too familiar with the effect that some of these regulations have had on my district. I believe that if
we are to grow as a City, we need to look at the regulations that have caused this and start thinking
proactively about addressing our growth, while maintaining the quality of life and the preservation of our
values. It’s beyond time to reconcile decades of disinvestment in East Austin by ensuring new
development includes infrastructural improvements and the creation of public amenities enjoyed by
Austinites in other parts of the city. We shouldn’t prioritize development on one side of the city over the
other, but rather prioritize housing options across the entire city.