Monthly Archives: January 2015

Mayor Adler’s Inauguration Speech

adler swearing in(Community Matters) Steve’s speech at yesterday’s swearing-in

January 6, 2015               Austin City Hall, Council Chambers           

The excitement in this Chamber and in this city is palpable. The expectations are great. And on this dais, the sense of responsibility is real and felt.

Diane and I love this city. We feel so lucky to be here. Everywhere you go in the world, when you say you’re from Austin, it means something. It means creativity and openness. It means a vibrant culture and a beautiful environment — and more and more it means opportunity.

And even though and perhaps because we love this city, we know we must address our challenges. We are experiencing the stresses of growth every day, whether we’re sitting in traffic, struggling to pay rent and property taxes, or watching our neighborhoods change before our very eyes.

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Mayor Steve Adler

(Community Matters) Proud of our dear friend, now Mayor Steve Adler. His gift for vision and consensus building was on display at last night’s swearing in of all 10 council members and the mayor. They are already envisioning a new council structure that ensures more citizen participation during the time of real exploration and debate, they near unanimously elected Kathy Tovo their mayor pro tem (the one conscientious objector did so graciously) and the dais now represents most of the faces of Austin, with Steve promising seats at the table for all.

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Mayor Adler presented the Distinguished Service Medal to Mayor Leffingwell and the outgoing council members, noting their substantial contributions and public service.


Culture Named Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster

(Community Matters) I named CULTURATI my 2015 word. Merriam-Webster names CULTURE theirs.  emerging consensus on the importance of culture

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The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities

(Community Matters)
Joe Cortright, City Observatory, calls 25 – 34 year olds w/ a bachelor’s degree or higher, the Young & Restless because of their mobility – despite a decades-long, nationwide decline in mobility 1mm+ of these young people move across state lines each year.

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  • Two-thirds of the nation’s 25-34 year olds with a BA degree live
    in the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas, those
    with a million or more population.
  • Talented young adults, in the aggregate are much more likely to
    choose to locate in close in urban neighborhoods
    than are other Americans.
  • Nationally, the four-year college attainment rate for
    25 to 34 year olds increased from 27.5 percent in
    2000, to 32.2 percent in 2012. This means that the
    total number of 25 to 34 year olds with a four-year
    degree increased by about 2.7 million over the past
    12 years. A key driver of rising educational attainment is
    the increased educational attainment of women.
  • Fully 56 percent of 25 to 34 year olds with a four-year degree in 2012 were women; in 2000 53 percent of young adults with a
    four-year degree were women.
  • San Antonio, Las Vegas and Riverside have the
    lowest levels of college attainment among 25 to 34
    year olds (less than 25 percent in each case), even
    though in each instance college attainment rates
    have increased for this age group over the past
  • For every college graduate who takes a job in an innovation industry, he found, five additional jobs are eventually created in that city, such as for waiters, carpenters, doctors, architects and teachers.
  • One study finds that a one percentage point increase in the fraction
    of adults with a four-year leads to a 2.3 percent
    increase in productivity as measured by GDP per
    capita (Abel & Gabe, 2011).
  • Austin is #21 in MSAs by number of Young & Restless w/ 128k in the Austin-Round Rock MSA, a 44% increase between 2000 and 2010 – the 7th highest increase among MSAs of 1mm+.
  • as a percent of our population, Austin ranks 6th with 40.8% of its population between 25 – 34 w/ at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • 19k of our Young & Restless live in a close-in urban neighborhood -(within 3 miles of the center of the region’s principal central business district) – up from 15k in 2000
  • The Young and Restless help drive economic
    development. Talented young adults are important to
    entrepreneurship and new business formation.

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New Years in Dallas

(Community Matters) It’s been a super 3 days celebrating the new years in Dallas with Steven, Charles Santos, Rick Bond, Garfield Lemonius, Matrice & Ron Kirk, Lily & Jeff Weiss and friends

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Furry Friends

(Community Matters) so cute

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