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Evolve Austin hopes to get community involved with CodeNEXT planning

Evolve Austin is launching a campaign to get the community involved with CodeNEXT planning. (Photo: Jarrett M / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Evolve Austin is launching a campaign to get the community involved with CodeNEXT planning.

Leaders teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and Environment Texas to talk about the main issues CodeNEXT hopes to solve: affordability, traffic and mobility in Austin.

Robin Wilkins, a victim of displacement, spoke Monday. She had to leave her apartment complex after it was bought out by a corporation. Now, Wilkins is forced to live far from family and friends and her children have to go to a different school.

"I fear I'm going to be pushed further out of the city limits because there's no affordability and I'm on a fixed income like many Austinites, we live day to day, paycheck to paycheck and unfortunately pay's not going up- cost of living is," says Wilkins.

Evolve Austin plans to go to every council district across the city asking for public input from those who can't make it out to meetings.

Andy Cantu, Executive Director of Evolve Austin, says their organization is particularly interested in creating middle housing throughout the city like Townhouses and Apartment buildings. The organization hopes that the campaign will get people involved in CodeNEXT planning, so that the land development plan will be effective.

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