In his Feb. 16 State of the City address, Austin Mayor Steve Adler focused on the themes of affordability, mobility and the challenges of rapid growth Austin is facing.
“If we do not do big things now, we’ll end up with the housing costs of San Francisco and the traffic congestion of Los Angeles. We’ll be immobilized, crippled by growth, isolated from each other, stuck in our neighborhoods,” Adler said. “It doesn’t have to be this way. There is no law of cities that says as Austin grows we will become unaffordable and immobile. Our future is still in our hands. Austin is still at a place where we can do something about it.”
The speech marked Adler’s second State of the City address since being elected Austin’s 52nd mayor in 2014.
In the address, given at the ZACH Theatre, Adler mentioned several of City Council’s major goals, projects and discussions from 2015 and early 2016, including the debate over transportation network companies, Pilot Knob and affordable housing, the city council committee system and discussions about a potential mobility bond.
Adler also announced a 2016 affordability audit of city government to increase fiscal responsibility and said the city will soon hire the first director of its new Office of Equity.