New Austin ‘homeless camping’ policy prompts huge backlash, cynical theory about purpose

New Austin ‘homeless camping’ policy prompts huge backlash, cynical theory about purpose
Homeless camping under new ordinance in Austin, TX. Twitter, @EsmeAlaki

[Ed.- We’ve been tracking this. I wouldn’t dismiss the theory described by Bryan Preston.  Little else makes sense, considering the unnecessarily unpleasant impact the new policy is already having on the innocent public and property owners.]

On June 20 the Austin City Council repealed ordinances prohibiting homeless camping around town. They had to move on or the police could cite them. Police oppose this policy and went into a low-level revolt. The people oppose this policy and have also gone into a low-level revolt.

The policy went into effect in a political blink on July 1. That very day, tent cities began popping up all over town. …

Mayor Steve Adler even went to Los Angeles and Seattle to “learn” how to fail more emphatically. But what if “failure” is the point? …

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Mayor Steve Adler wants to expand the convention center … He also wants to spend a bazillion dollars on pet social projects including for the homeless. … So the theory is he wants to bundle the convention center spending in with the homeless spending …

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