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Opinion: We need more time to talk before acting on homeless laws

Yesterday, the Council delayed the vote to consider repealing aggressive panhandling & camping ordinances for two weeks to allow for community input. We remain concerned that this is not enough time for adequate consideration.

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Support Funding for Immediate Shelter & Services; Community Input Critical Before Repeal of Ordinances

The Downtown Austin Alliance submitted the following letter to the Mayor and Austin City Council on June 3, urging the Council to pass item 49 on the June 6 City Council Agenda to provide immediate emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness.

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Editorial: Keep the focus on what homeless people need: Housing

Austinites share a desire to see homeless people get the help they need. The community deserves a larger discussion on how we get there — not just through ordinances, but through housing options, funding priorities and better coordinated efforts to help people out of homelessness.

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Salt & Time opening cafe in Republic Square Park

Visitors to Republic Square Park won’t have to worry about packing their own picnics soon, as the owners of Salt & Time announced today that they will open Salt & Time Cafe in the new building constructed at Republic Square Park.

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Downtown Alliance launches annual report and new nonprofit

Amidst a multitude of rosy economic statistics on Tuesday, the Downtown Austin Alliance released its first State of Downtown report at the inaugural Future of Downtown event. The report seeks to be “a market snapshot illustrating the central role downtown plays as Austin’s economic, governmental and cultural center.”

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