Many times requests are ignored or not followed up with and this isn't fair to taxpayers and citizens.
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Since Austin is a mostly a liberal city, most Austinites would agree that a free college education would only help our country progress. Nonetheless, this city alone can't change this national problem. What we can do, however, is make sure these concerns about our educational system are heard by politicians, so that they are aware that this is a major issue that negatively affects not only liberals but the nation as a whole.
You could change the law that says if you let someone stay one night with you they now have tenant rights and you have to evict them. Ridiculous. Makes zero sense.
In all these policy discussions, we should get beyond "there ought to be a law." Rules need to be enforced, which bring all sorts of costs, rarely outweighed by any fines levied. So slow down speeders with speed bumps, encourage cross-walk use with pedestrian bump-outs, etc. In other words, provide some immediate, obvious benefit to the individual for the desired behavior, rather than a low probability risk of rule enforcement fines. The same applies to building codes, event procedures, et al. Figure out ways to reward good behavior, not just ways to rule and try to punish bad behavior.
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Make the buses half the size and run more often. There are small electric vehicles that carry 12 people at a time (see PALMER ELECTRIC VEHICLES) You could have these downtown for folks to "hop on & off!" AND JEEZEEE Disneyland has monorails, why not Austin? I lived in Europe and the trams there were really good too!
FOR MUSICIAN'S: Once per week have traveling concerts on flat bed trucks so they can move around the city or even outside the city to give free concerts! (TIPS ACCEPTED OF COURSE!!) They could rotate bands each week. Sort of a "pop-up" concert! Many musician's in Europe have designated area's in the streets to play. All they need is a little paper work for permission in their designated area. Some of them make allot of money per day. I don't know if you do that here now but if you don't you should.
Food safety and health inspection of mobile food wagon or taco stands every 90 days.
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