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The Restore Rundberg initiative is partially funded by the federal Department of Justice grant, but is an ongoing initiative that will continue after the end of the grant funding. We want to know from you what the problems are in the area and what ideas you have to remedy these issues for long-term, measurable neighborhood improvement.

Early in 2012, President Obama’s Administration established a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. In June of 2012, the Austin Police Department applied for a $1 million grant from the Department of Justice and in September 2012, was fortunate to receive an award resulting in the launch of the Restore Rundberg Project, which is currently in the year-one planning stage.

The neighborhood is defined as: Research Boulevard/Anderson Lane to the south; railroad tracks (just west of Metric) and Lamar to the west; Interstate 35 and Cameron Road to the east; and, Rutland Drive, Braker Lane, Floradale Drive, and Applegate Drive to the north. It encompasses 5.74 square miles, or 2%, of the city and is home to 5% of the city’s population. The neighborhood has high crime, violence and unemployment rates. The Restore Rundberg Initiative was designed to combat crime challenges and neighborhood distress and to revitalize the Rundberg neighborhood.

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Restore Rundberg Mission:
Improve the quality of life, health, safety, education, and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood.

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    Joe Smith about 4 years ago

    Realistically, one million doesn't go very far in city government.

    Having said that, what is needed primarily is for the city to simply do their job. APD especially could step up and do some professional police work. Whenever things don't go their way or they're in the hot seat, they're the first ones to play us the "policing is a hard job" song and dance, asking the citizenry to be lenient with them. Yet when there's an actual hard job to be done, like tackling crime in the Rundberg area, the attitude prevalent among most officers is that it's a lost cause and not worth their effort. They're right about one thing -- it is a hard job, and we need their best and brightest to approach our most difficult policing problems with professionalism and integrity, or find another line of work if they're not up to the task.

    Writing tickets for 10 miles over the limit on I-35 is easy. Locking up violent gang members and drug dealers and pimps is hard. We need you to focus on the problem and not the easy paycheck.

    Code enforcement, more careful attention to zoning and variances, road maintenance, tree trimming, and some other city services have been somewhat neglected in this area too. Here again, it's just a case of the city doing what we already pay them for.

    I apologize if this comes off as negative, but the point is that there's no magic million dollar bullet to cure all our woes. We have the institutions in place to solve this already. What we're lacking is focus and people who care enough to get the job done. You could probably spend a million just reorganizing the city government to focus on the problems here and have much better success than all the special programs anyone might dream up. It may not sound as sexy as a rec center or a brand new hike & bike trail, but it's more targeted to what we actually need.

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    Get involved in one of the many good projects and great work the neighborhood residents and businesses ALREADY have underway. Read more at and at

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    APD would never admit this and talk like they are really attempting to eliminate prostitution and drug dealing. As long as there are people, there will be prostitution. Women have been selling themselves since Biblical times; do we really think this is going to change? As long as there are people, people will want to do drugs. And there will be people willing to sell them the drugs they want. Do we really think this is going to change? It's basic economics- supply and demand. And the profit motive. For example, would you rather work 2 or 3 jobs- washing dishes for $7/hr, driving pizza delivery after that, and lawn maintenance out in the heat to make ends meet? Or take your cousin up on that offer to start dealing and make more in one day than you did last month. And for the prostitute- they can make more in a few days than I make in a month- tax free. Let's just admit that some other unfortunate neighborhood/area is going to be the recipients of the prostitution and drug dealing, IF we/APD were so lucky to be successful in 'eradicating' it from our neighborhood. This isn't really an idea about how to improve the Rundberg Area as much as it is commentary on the situation at large. I do think it's helpful to think about it in these terms though- with a historical and economic perspective. Then ideas about how to improve our neighborhood can flow out of that concept and others like it. We should address why people would want to sell their bodies or deal drugs; they need money. They need a job. They need skills to get a job. They need someone to care about them. What are all our area churches/faith-based groups doing to help? (for example)

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    !. clean all lots commecial and private, mow, debri removal, tree maint. 2. clean and maintain all sidewalks and public areas (think Tarrytown) 3. Identifiy all homeless persons and provide shelter /services. 4. initiate 3 month curfew 10 pm to 5am, (you can be out , but have your legitimate reason handy) 5. three strikes you are out, if you apprehended 3 times , you are banned from neighborhood. 6. door to door community outreach, get out of your cars, and suvs, go door to door, share info on , responsible neighboring, ie; dog ownership, yard maintenance, party planning, ( by all means have the party) just be mindful.

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    The only profitable amenity in Berkley.
    Tool Lending Library offers thousands of tools free to Austin residents and people who own property in Austin. First time borrowers must present photo ID, a Austin Public Library card, and a recently received utility bill their name. Austin property owners who do not live in Austin must present their property tax bill. These policies would be strictly enforced.

    With access to yard tools and car tools, residents may maintain

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    By connecting sidewalks, making more pedestrian crossings, making vacant or rundown lots into dog parks, playgrounds and community meeting places, etc., you'll encourage neighbors to be out in their neighborhoods more often. People will talk to each other about the issues facing their neighborhood and start to look at ways to address them. It'll also decrease crime -- when there are dozens of eyes watching you, you're less likely to participate in an illegal act, and if you do, it's more likely to be reported. The area needs community gardens (I know there are plans for some), sidewalks, more small community parks, a farmers market or stand and a food trailer park, just to name a few.

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    Money talks and the low income people in the area will surely respond to a cash incentive. Emphasize that nobody will be deported for making a report and that all information is anonymous. Offer a cash reward to tips that lead to arrests of repeat offenders in the area. Make sure to do the campaign in Spanish and English via billboards in the area and radio advertisements on spanish speaking radio stations.

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    In the past we have seen that people caught in sting operations did not live in the area and drove there specifically to get drugs or sex. Once we break this trend we can begin other improvements.

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    There is a serious jaywalking issue on Rundberg lane between Middle Fiskville Road and North Plaza. To make things worse the trees that line the median have not been trimmed since I bought my house 4 years ago. At this point they look more like large bushes. I really do not want to hit someone crossing the street right there. I am tempted to go out there and do it myself. Could I be ticketed for this? Other streets in Austin have not been forsaken in this same way. Who should I call?

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    Enforce city ordinances on rental properties located in and around the east Rundberg area. A large number of rental homes have more than 3x the allowed occupancy which results in an excess of cars parked in the streets, over sidewalks and in yards. An environment such as this discourages car, pedestrian and bicycle traffic that would support local business. Encourage rental property owners to properly maintain their properties though regular inspections (ie. repaint, repair, properly landscape). Present policy is to wait for someone to make multiple reports of deficiencies before an inspector comes out and often there is no follow up. Over-occupied and rundown rental properties are a major deterrent to economic revitalization.

    Take a virtual walk some time down the streets surrounding Dobie Middle School.

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