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Homeless Man Says Austin Is a “Party”

Homeless Man Says Austin Is a “Party”

According to one homeless Austinite, “it’s a blast” to be without a home in Texas’ capital city. “This is a famous place to live on the streets. Everybody knows that,” the man said amid the noisy whoosh of cars overhead on the highway. “If you want to live on...
Austin Crisis: The Man Behind the Curtain

Austin Crisis: The Man Behind the Curtain

What is really causing Austin’s homeless crisis? If you read the first part of this story, you know Austin is currently experiencing a homeless crisis, and the city council is about to spend $28,000 per homeless person over the next year to try and solve the growing...
Commentary: Lone Star Exception

Commentary: Lone Star Exception

An abridged version of this essay appeared in City Journal on May 15, 2019. Big cities across the U.S. increasingly sacrifice public safety for political correctness, catering to left-leaning critics by hamstringing law enforcement. In Los Angeles, San Francisco, and...
Lessons in the Failed Minimum Wage

Lessons in the Failed Minimum Wage

In June, voters in Washington, D.C. approved a measure to increase the minimum wage to $15 for servers and other employees relying largely on tips to make a living. Known as Initiative 77, and approved by a margin of 55 to 44 percent, the increase is part of a broader...
Sick Leave Laws Are Not Your Friend

Sick Leave Laws Are Not Your Friend

Mandatory sick leave laws are trying to gain a foothold in Texas. Here’s why all Texans should oppose them. In February, the City of Austin passed an ordinance requiring all businesses to provide paid sick leave for their employees. Since then, other cities across...
The Burden of Parking Minimums

The Burden of Parking Minimums

Criticism of municipal regulations in Texas usually centers around Austin and San Antonio, while Houston is often praised for its zone-free model and relaxed land use regulations. Houstonians appreciate the absence of zoning restrictions that allow developers to...

West Coast Waste

It was evident from the mass transit projects and plastic bag ban that the Austin City Council wants to make Austin look (and spend) like a West Coast utopia. Now they want to go one step further, imitating the City of Portland by paying city employees to take...