from Austin Transportation Department:
Austin Mobility Forum
Setting Transportation Priorities
February 8-11, 2010
What should we do to improve travel in Austin?
The goal of the Austin Mobility Program is to make it easier to move around our city. From roads to rail to buses, bicycles, and sidewalks, our transportation system can provide us all with better options and a better quality of life.
by Tom Linehan
A view of downtown from Burnet Road? That's what Amy Bankowski, Community Manager of the new 5350 Burnet Apartment development tells me you will have leasing one of their fourth floor units. You can see the UT tower and downtown Austin. Who would have thought? The road known for used car lots and used clothing stores is going upscale. Is Allandale ready to be “the Real Austin”, as referred to in the 5350 Burnet apartment brochure? It likens Burnet Road to South Congress and says it's filled with “funky shops and restaurants.”
The numbers back it up. Allandale has a crime problem. There were 73 burglaries that were reported in Allandale in 2009 according to the Austin Police Department's Crime Viewer. That is 31 more than were reported in 2008. In fact, it is the highest number of burglary of residence in Allandale in the last 5 years. The top crime in the neighborhood is Burglary of Vehicle, criminals stealing from cars, with 167 incidents reported. The number three crime is Burglary of Residence. If you have been following the neighborhood listserve, this is no surprise.