Inequity by design: What do we mean when we say “we need more housing”?

Morgan Witt Uncategorized

“Austin has recognized the fact that the building of a modern, efficient city is more than a mere accident and that the best advantages are available only when a good city plan has been adopted, and a program provided which will suggest certain re-adjustments and the co-ordination of the future improvements.” (A City Plan for Austin, Texas, 1928, pg. 6) As kids, we’re presented with a common narrative: the middle class American dream. Go to school, graduate from college, get …

Back to Basics: Building the Austin We All Deserve

Morgan Witt Uncategorized

Howdy, Austin.  Let’s face it folks, we’re actin’ like a $6 can of Lone Star at a Snow Patrol concert: Too much money, too little fizz. Between a global pandemic and a modern day civil rights movement, it’s become undeniable that the ‘Austin’ experience we so often rave about isn’t everyone’s experience. We’re not just going in the wrong direction; we’ve been heading this way for quite some time and we’re about to go the way of Thelma and Louise.

Demystifying the APD Budget

Morgan Witt Uncategorized

Public safety and well-being are two of my top priorities. Here I take a moment to demystify the new APD budget with a detailed breakdown of not only the intent of the new changes, but their implications as well. I also explain my stance on the issues of police and social reform. MYTH: APD was defunded. FACT: The APD budget was reduced by less than 5%. The “Immediate Reinvestment” cuts a modest ~$20M (only about 4.5%) from the 2021 budget …