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[CALL TO ORDER]

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AND WELCOME TO THE AUSTIN HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION.

LET'S SEE IF WE HAVE A QUORUM ONE, TWO, AND WE HAVE COMMISSIONERS, UH, VIRTUALLY HERE.

I'D LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER FIRST.

I'LL CALL ROLL.

I'M TERRY MYERS CHAIRMAN BEN-HAIM.

SETH IS HE'S TRYING TO LOG IN RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

A NISSA CASTEEL STUCK IN TRAFFIC.

OKAY.

WHAT FEATHERSTON ARE YOU THERE? OKAY.

KEVIN COOK.

CARLA ROCHE HARMONY.

GROGAN.

OKAY.

HI, I CAN'T ACTUALLY SEE YOU, BUT I CAN SEE YOUR HAND.

WELCOME TO THE COMMISSION.

TREY MCWHORTER.

BLAKE.

TILLETT HERE BETH VALANZUELA AND HERE.

OKAY, CAROLINE RIGHT HERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OUR FIRST ITEM ON

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

THE AGENDA IS PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

IS THERE ANYONE PRESENT WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO AN ITEM THAT IS NOT ON THE AGENDA? IT COULD BE ABOUT PRESERVATION OR SOME OTHER ASPECT.

THAT'S NOT ON OUR AGENDA TONIGHT, BUT IT CANNOT BE AN ITEM ON THE AGENDA.

PLEASE COME DOWN AND STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

GOOD EVENING.

COMMISSIONERS, MEGAN KING, UH, POLICY AND OUTREACH PLANNING FOR PRESERVATION.

AUSTIN.

JUST HAVE MY LITTLE MONTHLY UPDATE FOR YOU ALL ON OUR GOINGS ON AT PRESERVATION AUSTIN.

UM, WE HAVE A NEW STAFF MEMBER, ROSA FRY, UM, SHE'S OUR PROGRAM COORDINATOR.

UM, WE'RE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE HER AS WE GROW OUR STAFF.

UM, AND WE'RE HOPING THAT WITH OUR INCREASED STAFF, WE CAN CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THIS COMMISSION.

SO IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY IDEAS OR FOR PROGRAMMING TOURS, EVENTS, ET CETERA, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

UM, WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO GET PEOPLE OUT INTO HISTORIC SPACES AROUND AUSTIN THIS YEAR.

SO WE WELCOME ANY SUGGESTIONS FROM YOU ALL IN COLLABORATION THERE.

UM, TO THE POINT OF PROGRAMMING, I MENTIONED AT OUR LAST MEETING, UM, ARE THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OUR PRESERVATION MERIT AWARDS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN THEY'LL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 1ST FOR PROJECTS, PRESERVATION PROJECTS, ADVOCACY EFFORTS, ET CETERA AROUND AUSTIN.

UM, IF THERE'S ANY CASES THAT YOU'VE REVIEWED, I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE INTIMATELY FAMILIAR WITH PRESERVATION IN THE CITY, AND SO WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION AND YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THAT, UM, ON PRESERVATION, AUSTIN.ORG.

UM, WE ALSO JUST GOT WORD THAT, UH, WE RECEIVED RENEWED FUNDING FROM THE FOWLER FAMILY FOUNDATION FOR TWO UNDERREPRESENTED HERITAGE INTERNS.

UM, WE, WE HAD OUR FIRST ROUND OF INTERNS THIS LAST YEAR AND THEY DID AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF WORK LOOKING INTO RESEARCHING ARCHIVAL, RESEARCHING AND REACHING OUT TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UM, TO DOCUMENT MEXICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SITES.

SO THIS YEAR'S ROUND OF INTERNS WILL BE FOCUSING ON, UH, WOMEN'S HERITAGE SITES IN AUSTIN.

SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

AND LASTLY, OUR ANNUAL MEETING IS COMING UP ON AUGUST 23RD.

IT'LL BE AT THE FRENCH LOCATION.

UM, AND WE HOPE THAT YOU ALL CAN JOIN US AT THAT.

AND YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION AT PRESERVATION, AUSTIN.ORG AS WELL.

AND THAT CONCLUDES MY UPDATE.

THANK YOU GUYS, AND HAVE A GREAT MEETING.

THANK YOU, MEGAN.

MY MICROPHONE KEEPS DRIFTING AWAY FROM ME.

THE FIRST ITEM ON OUR AGENDA, UM, FOR VOTE IS

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

THAT'S OFFERED FOR

[ Consent Agenda]

CONSENT.

I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH THE AGENDA HERE ONCE AND ANY ITEM THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT AND NO ONE PULLS IT.

UM, WHEN WE VOTE, IT WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY APPROVED AND YOU MAY LEAVE THE, UM, CITY HALL CHAMBERS.

IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO AN ITEM THAT'S OFFERED FOR CONSENT, RAISE YOUR HAND OR OTHERWISE GET MY ATTENTION AND WE'LL PULL IT.

AND WE'LL, UH, WE'LL THEN DISCUSS IT IN THE ORDER THAT IT IS LISTED ON THE AGENDA.

SO THE FIRST ITEM ARE THE MINUTES OF JULY 6TH, 2022, WHICH IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

THEN WE WILL HAVE BRIEFINGS ONE BY THE LAW DEPARTMENT, AN UPDATE WITH GRANTS COMMITTING THEN INITIAL CONCEPTS FOR HERITAGE WAYFINDING DESIGN,

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THEN THE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION.

HISTORIC ZONING APPLICATIONS.

WE HAVE 1 16 0 5 LIANA STREET THAT WILL BE A DISCUSSION ITEM AND HISTORIC LANDMARK AND LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT APPLICATIONS.

5 63 0 1 BLUFF SPRINGS ROAD WILL BE A DISCUSSION ITEM.

THIS IS THE, UH, SEBRING SNEAD HOUSE, THE LONGEST, UM, APPEARING ITEM ON OUR AGENDA FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS.

NEXT ITEM 6 39 0 9 AVENUE G IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

SEVEN 4,005 AVENUE B IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT ITEM 8, 11 26 WEST SIXTH STREET WILL BE DISCUSSED ALONG WITH ITEM.

I BELIEVE IT'S 21.

IS THAT CORRECT? YES.

WHICH IS UH, THE 1100 BLOCK OF WEST SIXTH STREET.

AND WE'LL TAKE THOSE UP.

UH, WHEN WE REACH ITEM EIGHT, NUMBER 9, 8 13 PARK BOULEVARD IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

NUMBER 10, AN APPLICATION FOR 1304.

NEW MEANING HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN UNDER NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT PERMIT APPLICATIONS.

WE HAVE ANOTHER BUNCH FROM TRAVIS HEIGHTS, FIVE 12 EAST MONROE STREET.

UM, THE APPLICANT HAS REQUESTED POSTPONEMENT OF THAT ITEM.

NUMBER 12 IS NOT USED NUMBER 13, 13, 15, AND 13 AND 17, UH, MOONING AVENUE.

THE APPLICANT HAS REQUESTED POSTPONEMENT, SO IT WILL MOVE OVER TO THE CONSENT PLUS PODIUM ITEM LIST.

THANK YOU.

14, 12 0 5 ALTA VISTA AVENUE IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

AND IF YOUR ITEMS DO YOU PASS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, BE SURE TO LOOK AT THOSE STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALL PROPERTIES THAT ARE APPROVED WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOCUMENTATION PACKAGE.

THAT'S EIGHT BY 10 COLOR PHOTOS ON PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER, ALL ELEVATIONS, ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS, AND, UH, A NARRATIVE HISTORY FOR ARCHIVING AT THE AUSTIN HISTORY CENTER THAT'S REQUIRED FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOCUMENTATION PACKAGE.

MADAM CHAIR, ITEM 14, 12 5 ALTAVISTA AVENUE HAS OPPOSED SPEAKERS.

SO IT WILL MOVE TO DISCUSSION.

SO WE'LL PULL THAT ITEM FOR DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONERS, TAKE THAT OFF THE CONSENT.

4 0 7 EAST MONROE IS ALSO OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

WE HAVE A SPEAKER IN OPPOSITION, SO THAT WILL BE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION 2107 BRACKENRIDGE STREET.

THE SAME THING.

OKAY.

16, 16 NORTHUMBERLAND ROAD IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

26 0 7.

MCCALLUM DRIVE IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT 19, UH, 1217 BICKLER ROAD WAS ADMINISTRATIVELY AND WE'RE 20 18 0 4.

BRECKENRIDGE STREET IS OFFERED FOR DISCUSSION, BUT I THINK, I MEAN OFFERED FOR IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DISCUSSED, BUT I BELIEVE THE APPLICANT HAS REQUESTED THAT THAT BE POSTPONED.

SO IT WILL BE ANOTHER POSTPONEMENT.

I KNOW THEIR CONSENT POSTPONE THAT THEN THE ITEM ON NUMBER 21, 11 16 ON 1116, B WEST SIXTH STREET.

UH, OUR DISCUSSION ITEMS THAT WILL BE HEARD ALONG WITH NUMBER EIGHT, NUMBER 22, 26, 11 WEBER VILLE ROAD WILL BE A DISCUSSION ITEM UNDER DEMOLITION.

AND PARDON ME? MADAME CHAIR, UH, ITEM 22.

IT WAS AN ERROR ON THE AGENDA.

IT IS A CONSENT ITEM THOUGH.

IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO PULL IT FOR DISCUSSION OR ANY COMMISSIONERS WOULD LIKE TO PULL IT FOR DISCUSSION, WE CAN, BUT IT WAS MEANT TO BE A CONSENT ITEM.

UM, I SEE COMMISSIONER, UM,

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FORMER COMMISSIONER LINNBAKER AND IS HERE, DID YOU WANT TO DISCUSS THIS ITEM? OKAY.

AWESOME.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONERS NUMBER 22, 26, 11 WEBER ADVIL ROAD IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

THEN UNDER DEMOLITION AND RELOCATION PERMIT APPLICATIONS.

NUMBER 23 1400 GARDENS STREET WILL BE A DISCUSSION ITEM.

NUMBER 24 16 0 1.

CEDAR ADAM AVENUE IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT, AND I WANT TO COMMEND THE APPLICANTS FOR REVISING THEIR PLANS TO RETAIN THE HISTORIC CRAFTSMEN FEATURES OF THIS HOUSE.

31 0 7 31 0 7.

SPEEDWAY WILL BE A DISCUSSION ITEM.

15, 14 NEWTON STREET IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO PULL THAT ITEM FOR DISCUSSION AND COMMISSIONERS.

THERE IS SOME, UM, PUBLIC COMMENT IN YOUR BACKUP THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS PROPERTY ON 15, 14 NEWTON STREET ITEM 27, 6 0 9 EAST 50TH STREET IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT 28, 22 0 1 EAST 16TH STREET IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

UM, PARDON ME? MADAME CHAIR.

UH, 2201 EAST 16TH STREET HAS AN OPPOSING SPEAKER.

SO IT WILL BE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

THAT WAS ITEM NUMBER 28 WOULD BE A DISCUSSION ITEM.

AND THE LAST ITEM, UM, UNDER THE PUBLIC HEARINGS, NUMBER 29, 4,008 NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

AND IS IT HOUR? IS THIS THE HOUSE THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DEMOLISHED? YES.

UH, WE WILL BE, UH, UH, 4 0 8 NORTH LAMAR AVENUE.

UH, EXCUSE ME.

YEAH, BOULEVARD, UH, HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED WITHOUT A PERMIT.

SO WHY ARE WE OFFERING IT FOR CONSENT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PULL IT FOR DISCUSSION? WE DEFINITELY CAN.

AND, UM, YEAH, DISCUSS THAT ITEM.

I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO PULL THAT RATHER THAN JUST PASS IT ON.

YEAH, OF COURSE.

OF COURSE.

THANK YOU.

WE WERE JUST MADE AWARE OF THIS THIS MORNING, SO YEAH, THEN WE HAVE A NOTE ITEMS UNDER DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT TAX ABATEMENT, NO ITEMS. THEN WE'LL HAVE A COMMITTEE UPDATES, FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS AND ADJOURNMENT BEFORE 11 O'CLOCK, MAYBE BEFORE 10 O'CLOCK.

WOULD YOU PLEASE READ BACK WHAT NOW IS ON THE, UM, IS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? OKAY.

OF COURSE, ITEMS FOR CONSENT.

UH, THE MEETING MINUTES FOR THE JULY 6TH, 2022 MEETING, UH, ITEM 6 3909 AVENUE, G ITEM SEVEN, 4,005 AVENUE B ITEM 9, 8 13 PARK BOULEVARD ITEMS 17 16 16 NORTHUMBERLAND ROAD ITEM 18 2607 MCCALLUM DRIVE ITEM 24 1601 CEDAR AVENUE, ITEM 27, SORRY, ITEM 22 26, 11 WESTERVILLE ROAD ITEM 27, 6 0 9 EAST 50TH STREET.

I'M SORRY.

UM, WHEREVER ROAD, YES.

OR DISCUSSION ITEMS. ARE THEY NOT? NO, YES.

I WAS A STAFF ERROR ON THE AGENDA.

IT WAS, YOU HAVE TO CONSENT.

SO JUST TO REITERATE THE MINUTES AND THEN THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, 6 7 9 17 18 22 24 AND 27 1 MOMENT.

DO I HEAR A MOTION ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? AND COULD I HAVE A LOOK AHEAD AND I'LL SECOND IT, UH, BUT I WOULD LIKE A QUICK ASIDE ON THAT TO STAFF TO ASK THE APPLICANT FOR NUMBER 9, 8, 13

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PARK BOULEVARD, TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW, THE NEW FENCE CONSTRUCTION AROUND THE PROPERTY IS SUFFICIENTLY DIFFERENTIATED FROM THE EXISTING HISTORIC FENCING AT THE CORNER.

IT SHOULD BE SIMILAR, BUT SHOULD BE VISUALLY DISCERNIBLE AS NOT HISTORIC CONSTRUCTION CAN DO.

OKAY.

UM, SO WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER HAIM SOUTH THE SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COOK TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY, AYE.

AYE.

AND WE HAVE, UH, COMMISSIONER HEIM, SETH AND COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, UH, ARE ON BOARD HERE TONIGHT.

SOME, UH, NOTE THAT THAT THEY'RE PRESENT.

OKAY.

NOW, UH, WOULD YOU READ THE CONSENT POSTPONEMENT? WE HAVE SEVERAL, YES.

UH, FOR CONSENT POSTPONEMENT POSTPONEMENTS, WE HAVE ITEM 11 FIVE, UH, FIVE 12 EAST MONROE STREET, APPLICANT REQUESTED POSTPONEMENT, UH, ITEM 13, 13, 15 AND 13, 17 AND UNION AVENUE, APPLICANT REQUESTED POSTPONEMENT AND THEN ITEM 2018 AND FOUR BRACKENRIDGE STREET, WHICH IS ALSO AN APPLICANT REQUESTED POSTPONEMENT.

OKAY.

DO I HEAR A MOTION ON THE CONSENT POSTPONEMENT? SO MOVED SECOND, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND, SAY AYE.

AYE.

IT PASSES.

SO WE'LL GO BACK TO, UM, THE BRIEFINGS.

[2. Law Department – Update with Grants Committee]

DO WE HAVE A BRIEFING FROM THE LAW DEPARTMENT? YES.

IF YOUR ITEM PASSED ON CONSENT, PLEASE LEAVE QUIETLY.

AND THE, UM, STAFF WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU VERY SHORTLY.

UM, ABOUT YOUR ITEMS, SIR, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

I WAS WAITING FOR THEM TO BRING UP THE PRESENTATION.

MY NAME IS, UH, YOU WERE ASKING WHAT YOUR GOOD EVENING COMMISSION MEMBERS.

UH, MY NAME IS NEIL FOUL.

DO MY PRONOUNS.

ARE HE HIM? I'M AN ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY HERE IN THE LAW DEPARTMENT.

UM, I WANT TO HELP Y'ALL GET OUT OF HERE, UH, BEFORE 10 O'CLOCK.

SO, UH, YOU HAVE MY PRESENTATION I BELIEVE.

AND, UH, OR WE CAN PROVIDE A COPY OF IT TO YOU.

I'LL TRY TO MOVE THROUGH IT QUICKLY.

I PRESENTED THIS PRESENTATION TO THE GRANTS COMMITTEE, UH, SOME MONTHS AGO, COMMISSIONER TALLAGHT AND, UH, AND I WAS INVITED HERE TO PROVIDE THE PRESENTATION FOR THE FULL COMMISSION.

SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE PURPOSE FOR OUR BRIEFING THIS EVENING IS TO DISCUSS SOME OF THE LEGAL RISKS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH USING CLASSIFICATIONS, SUCH AS RACE, GENDER, AND OTHER PROTECTED CLASS CRITERIA WHEN DETERMINING FUNDING OR GRANT, UH, GRANT FUNDING OR CONTRACTS, UH, RELATED TO, UH, PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED BY THE CITY.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHY ARE WE DOING THIS PRESENTATION NOW? UM, SO EARLIER THIS YEAR THERE WERE SEVERAL, UH, FEDERAL COURT DECISIONS THAT, UH, SORT OF RAISED OUR LEGAL ANTENNA AND THE LAW DEPARTMENT, UH, SEVERAL ATTORNEYS, UH, UNDERTOOK A DELIBERATIVE PROCESS TO EVALUATE THOSE CASES AND DETERMINE WHAT SORT OF IMPACT THAT WOULD HAVE ON, UH, GRANT FUNDING RELATED TO THE CITY, PARTICULARLY WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

UH, WE MET WITH THE CLIENTS WITH OUR CLIENTS AND THOSE DEPARTMENTS AND WENT OVER.

SOME OF OUR CONCERNS THEN PROVIDED A BRIEFING TO THE CITY COUNCIL AND A CITY COUNCIL ASKED US TO, UH, PROVIDE BRIEFINGS TO ANY COMMISSIONS THAT REQUESTED, UH, THAT REQUESTED SUCH A BRIEFING.

SO THAT'S WHY WE ARE HERE TONIGHT.

WE'VE PRESENTED TO, I BELIEVE THE ARTS COMMISSION, THE MUSIC COMMISSION, UM, AND THEN THE GRANTS COMMITTEE FOR THIS COMMISSION.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FIRST TO, FOR US TO ACKNOWLEDGE, UH, HOW WE ENDED UP HERE, A LITTLE BIT OF THE HISTORY ABOUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UH, THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS A HISTORY OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION.

UH, I THINK WE'RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE 1928 MASTER PLAN THAT CREATED A QUOTE UNQUOTE NEGRO DISTRICT.

UH, THERE'S ALSO RED LINING, UH, URBAN RENEWAL POLICIES AND THE SEASONING OF BLACK OWNED LAND ON THE EAST SIDE THROUGH EMINENT DOMAIN THAT WAS USED TO CLEAR NEIGHBORHOODS.

UH, THESE POLICIES ALL, UH, LED TO THE OPPRESSION OF BLACK INDIGENOUS AND OTHER COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN LAST YEAR, THE CITY COUNCIL APOLOGIZED FOR THAT INTENTIONAL RACIST DISCRIMINATION AND COMMITTED TO CORRECTING, UH, THOSE, UH, HISTORICAL PRACTICES.

AND ONE OF THE WAYS

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THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, THE CITY COUNCIL AND CITY STAFF HAVE TRIED TO ADDRESS THAT IS THROUGH EQUITABLE FUNDING OF GRANT PROGRAMS. UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE CITY'S EQUITY OFFICE HAS BEEN WORKING, UH, UH, FOR THE PAST, I WOULD SAY SIX TO NINE MONTHS, UH, WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON SOME PROGRAMS RELATED TO PROJECT CONNECT AND, UH, SOME EFFORTS TO PREVENT DISPLACEMENT.

UH, THEY ISSUED THE NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US REPORT.

AND THAT WAS A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE CITY'S RACIST PAST, UH, THAT INCLUDED PROPOSALS TO CENTER RACE EQUITY IN THE EVALUATION OF GRANT PROPOSALS.

UH, THAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ALSO WANTED TO USE THAT REPORT AS A FRAMEWORK FOR EVALUATING CULTURAL ARTS FUNDING AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION ALSO HAD SOME INTEREST IN USING THAT AS A FRAMEWORK FOR A GRANT FUNDING AS WELL.

SO WHILE THE, THE TOOLS THAT, UH, THE EQUITY OFFICE DEVELOPED, UH, CORRECTLY FOCUS ON, UH, THE, THE REMEDYING PAST DISCRIMINATION, UH, THE IMPACT OF INEQUITABLE AID THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF DISPLACEMENT, UH, WHEN THE LAW DEPARTMENT DETERMINED THAT THESE RACE, RACE BASED CLASSIFICATIONS PRESENTED SOME INCREASED LEGAL RISK TO THE CITY, UM, ESPECIALLY, ESPECIALLY WHEN TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE RECENT LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS AND SOME OF THE CASES THAT ARE COMING UP BEFORE THE U S SUPREME COURT, UH, NEXT TERM, WHICH BEGINS IN OCTOBER.

UH, SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO I WANT TO PROVIDE YOU JUST WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A LEGAL FOUNDATION.

THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW CLASS, BUT I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF A FOUNDATION FOR UNDERSTANDING OUR ANALYSIS AND HOW WE ENDED UP AT OUR CONCLUSIONS.

SO WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE 14TH AMENDMENT AND THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE, AND THAT CLAUSE STATES THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN NOT DENY TO ANY PERSON THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT USES A CERTAIN CLASSIFICATIONS TO SEPARATE PEOPLE INTO DIFFERENT GROUPS, THEN THE COURTS ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THAT WITH SUSPICION.

AND DEPENDING UPON THE TYPE OF CLASSIFICATION THAT'S USED, THEY WILL, THEY WILL EMPLOY DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THOSE CLASSIFICATIONS ARE LEGAL.

UH, I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO START FROM THE BOTTOM OF THIS SLIDE, UM, WHEN THE GOVERNMENT MAKES DISTINCTIONS BASED ON AGE DISABILITY, WEALTH OF FELONY STATUS THAT, UH, USES THE LOWEST LEVEL OF ANALYSIS, THE RATIONAL BASIS REVIEW AND THAT SITUATION, UH, THE GOVERNMENT ONLY NEEDS A RATIONAL CONNECTION TO A LEGITIMATE INTEREST UNDER THIS FRAMEWORK.

UH, ALMOST ANY DISTINCTION WILL PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW AS THE LOWEST LEVEL OF VIEW.

UH, MOVING UP, UH, INTERMEDIATE SCRUTINY IS USED TO EVALUATE CLASSIFICATIONS BASED ON GENDER SEX.

AND WE THINK SEXUAL ORIENTATION, THE SUPREME COURT HAS NEVER SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSED SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

WE THINK IT FALLS WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF SEX, UM, UNDER INTERMEDIATE SCRUTINY.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE POLICY IS SUBSTANTIALLY RELATED TO AN IMPORTANT PURPOSE UNDER THIS LEVEL OF EVALUATION.

UM, MOST CLASSIFICATIONS, BUT NOT ALL WILL, UH, FAIL CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW.

AND THEN THE MOST LEVEL OF A REVIEW IS STRICT SCRUTINY.

THAT'S WHEN CLASSIFICATIONS ARE BASED ON RACE NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, OR ALIEN EDGE.

AND IN THIS SITUATION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT ITS DISTINCTIONS ARE NARROWLY TAILORED TO MEET A COMPELLING GOVERNMENT PURPOSE.

ALMOST ALL DISTINCTIONS WILL FAIL UNDER THIS LEVEL OF REVIEW.

SO WHENEVER WE'RE MAKING DISTINCTIONS BASED ON RACE, FOR INSTANCE, IF WE'RE USING RACE AS A, AS AN EVALUATION TOOL AND GRANT FUNDING, THAT IS PROBABLY GOING TO FAIL, UH, COURT REVIEW, UH, UNDER THE 14TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS JUST, UM, A MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF WHAT STRICT SCRUTINY, UH, MEANS.

UM, ANY GOVERNMENT PROGRAM THAT TAKES RACE INTO ACCOUNT FACES STRICT SCRUTINY BY THE COURTS.

IT'S THE MOST RIGOROUS LEGAL REVIEW AND COURTS WILL START WITH THE PRESUMPTION THAT THE POLICY IS INVALID AND THE BURDEN, UH, TO SHOW THAT IT IS A VALID POLICY RESTS WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

SO THAT'S A, THAT BURDEN IS REVERSED

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THEN, UH, FROM MOST OTHER SITUATIONS, UH, IN MOST SITUATIONS, UH, WE DON'T START WITH THE PRESUMPTION THAT A POLICY IS INVALID.

CAN YOU GIVE US AN EXAMPLE OR EXAMPLES AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS? I ACTUALLY, UH, AND A FEW SLIDES, WE'LL TALK ABOUT TWO CASES WHERE THIS LEVEL OF REVIEW IS EMPLOYED.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT, WHETHER THERE'S A COMPELLING GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST, THE GOVERNMENT OR THE CITY IN THIS CASE HAS TO SHOW THAT THERE IS ACTUAL, UH, DISCRIMINATION IN THE MARKET AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT EITHER ACTIVELY OR PASSIVELY, UH, PERPETUATED THAT DISCRIMINATION.

NOW THAT'S WHAT THE COURTS HAVE SAID.

UH, WE'LL SEE, IN ONE OF THE CASES COMING UP THAT THAT'S NOT ALWAYS HOW IT'S APPLIED AND THE OUTCOMES DON'T ALWAYS EXACTLY FOLLOW THE RULE THAT THE COURTS HAVE SAID.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THEN FOR POLICY TO BE, UH, NARROWLY TAILORED, UM, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO SHOW THAT IT CONSIDERED OTHER RACE NEUTRAL POLICIES BEFORE EMPLOYING, UH, RACIAL CLASSIFICATIONS AND THAT THOSE RACE NEUTRAL POLICIES FAILED TO ACHIEVE THE GOVERNMENT'S INTERESTS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO ONE OF THE, UH, CASES THAT I WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT, AND THAT WE RELY ON HEAVILY HERE AT THE CITY FOR SOME OF OUR MINORITY, UH, CONTRACTING GOALS, UH, WITH, UH, UH, SMALL AND MINORITY BUSINESS, UH, OFFICE IS A CITY OF RICHMOND VERSUS J A CROSON.

UH, THIS IS A CASE THAT HAS BEEN SETTLED LAW FOR 30 YEARS.

UM, AS YOU'LL SEE IN A FEW SLIDES IN MY PRESENTATION, THE FACT THAT SOMETHING IS SETTLED LAW FOR 30 YEARS DOES NOT ALWAYS, UH, CARRY SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT WITH THE SUPREME COURT.

I THINK WE'VE SEEN THAT, UH, EARLIER THIS YEAR.

SO IN THIS CASE, A PRIVATE COMPANY HAD BID FOR A CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF RICHMOND, UM, AND, UH, CHALLENGE THE CITY'S PLAN TO REQUIRE AT LEAST 30%, UH, OF PRIME CONTRACTORS TO MEET CERTAIN MINORITY CONTRACTING GOALS.

UH, THE ISSUE THAT WAS PRESENTED TO THE COURT TO THE SUPREME COURT IN THIS CASE WAS WHETHER THAT RACIAL QUOTA POLICY VIOLATED THE 14TH AMENDMENT EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE.

THE MAJORITY OF THE COURT CONCLUDED THAT THE CITY'S PROGRAM REQUIRING CERTAIN QUOTAS, UH, DID NOT MEET, UM, CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND ACTUALLY STRUCK DOWN THE CITIES, UH, PROGRAM IN THIS SITUATION.

BUT WHAT THE COURT DID WAS IT PROVIDED A PATH AND, AND ANALYSIS THAT ALLOWS CITIES TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS THAT DO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO BASED ON THIS CASE AND THE GUIDANCE THAT WAS PROVIDED BY THE COURT, UM, CITIES ARE NOW DOING A COMPREHENSIVE DISPARITY STUDIES, UM, AND THEY UNDERTAKE THOSE DISPARITIES, UH, DISPARITY STUDIES TO EXAMINE WHETHER CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN A SPECIFIC MARKET ARE UNFAIRLY DENIED TO MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES.

UM, IF DISPARITIES ARE FOUND, UH, THEN THE GOVERNMENT IS REQUIRED TO FORMULATE A VERY SPECIFIC PLAN TO REMEDIES, REMEDY THOSE DISPARITIES.

NOW, IT SOUNDS PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD.

YOU DO A DISPARITY STUDY, YOU MAKE CONCLUSIONS, YOU IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM, BUT THESE DISPARITY STUDIES OFTEN TAKE YEARS TO COMPLETE AND CAN COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

UH, THE CITY OF AUSTIN JUST RECENTLY COMPLETED A DISPARITY STUDY THAT TOOK, I BELIEVE, UH, FIVE TO SIX YEARS TO COMPLETE.

IT REQUIRES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DATA AND ANALYSIS.

AND WE ACTUALLY HIRE AN OUTSIDE CONSULTANT WHO HAS SPECIFIC EXPERTISE IN THESE STUDIES, UH, TO CONDUCT THAT WORK.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, UH, THE RECENT CASES THAT I MENTIONED, UH, UP AT THE, UP AT THE FRONT OF THE PRESENTATION ARE RELATED TO, UH, THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE PANDEMIC HAS HAD A DISPROPORTIONATE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND OTHER MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, UH, IN RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC, THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTED SEVERAL LEAD RELIEF PROGRAMS AIMED AT ADDRESSING THOSE NEGATIVE IMPACTS.

UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE PROGRAMS HAVE DRAWN LEGAL CHALLENGES FROM CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST GROUPS AND A RESULTED IN GRANT FUNDING UNDER THOSE UNDER THOSE PROGRAMS, UH, BEING FROZEN, UH, DURING THE, UH, DURING THE LAWSUITS.

UH, ONE OF THE PROGRAMS WE'LL LOOK AT AS A SMALL

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION GRANT FOR RESTAURANT OWNERS.

AND THE SECOND IS A DEBT RELIEF PROGRAM FOR BLACK FARMERS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE FIRST CASE IS THAT SBA PROGRAM FOR A RESTAURANT OWNERS, IT'S A CASE FROM THE DALLAS FORT WORTH AREA.

UM, SUIT WAS FILED IN THE U S DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS.

UH, IN THIS PROGRAM, THE, THE SBA HAD SET UP A GRANT RELIEF, UH, PROGRAMS FOR RESTAURANTS.

AND DURING THE FIRST 21 DAYS OF THE GRANT FUNDING, THEY PRIORITIZE, UH, RECIPIENTS BASED ON RACE, GENDER, AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STATUS, UH, GREER, WHO IS THE OWNER OF GREER'S RANCH.

UM, AND HE, UH, UH, OWNS A RESTAURANT IN STEVENSVILLE.

HE SUED TO PREVENT, UH, THE GRANT MONEY FROM BEING AWARDED, UH, BEFORE THE PROGRAM WAS OPEN DURING THAT PRIORITY PERIOD.

UH, HE WANTED TO ENSURE THAT IT WAS ALSO OPEN TO A WHITE MALE RESTAURANT OWNERS.

SO, UH, THE COURTS, UH, FROZE THAT PROGRAM, UM, CONCLUDING THAT THE CLASSIFICATION OR THE PRIORITIZATION BASED ON RACE DID NOT MEET STRICT SCRUTINY, UH, THAT THE PRIORITIZATION BASED ON SEX DID NOT MEET INTERMEDIATE SCRUTINY.

UM, AND THEN THE, UH, CLASSIFICATION BASED ON, UH, ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STATUS OR VETERAN STATUS DID MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF RATIONAL BASIS, WHICH IS THE LOWEST LEVEL OF REVIEW.

SO ALL OF THE PROGRAM FUNDING RELATED TO, UH, RACE AND GENDER WAS, UH, FROZEN.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THE SECOND CASE IS, UM, W MORE TROUBLING, I THINK, FROM A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE, UM, IT INVOLVED A $4 BILLION AID PACKAGE FOR BLACK FARMERS.

AND, UM, IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, UM, AND THEIR, UH, RELATIONSHIP WITH BLACK FARMERS IN THE SOUTH, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE'S A LONG, AND WELL-DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST BLACK FARMERS, UH, BY THE USDA.

AND IN 2010, THE USDA SETTLED THE LARGEST, UH, CIVIL RIGHTS CASE IN HISTORY TO RESOLVE, UH, DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS BROUGHT BY BLACK FARMERS IN THE SOUTH.

AND THE SETTLEMENT SO FAR HAS REACHED TO NEARLY $1.2 BILLION.

UM, THIS A $4 BILLION AID PACKAGE, UM, WAS OFFERED TO, UH, UH, FORGIVE LOANS THAT HAD BEEN GIVEN TO BLACK FARMERS.

AND THE USDA ASSERTED THAT THIS RELIEF WAS NECESSARY TO REMEDY ITS OWN PAST DISCRIMINATION, ACTIVE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST BLACK FARMERS.

SO, BASED ON, UH, WHAT I MENTIONED EARLIER, A DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND A PROGRAM THAT IS NARROWLY TAILORED TO REDRESS THAT DISCRIMINATION, YOU WOULD THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM WOULD BE UPHELD BY THE COURTS THAT IT WOULD BE APPROVED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, SO TEXAS AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER, SID MILLER FILED SUIT WITH FINANCIAL BACKING FROM A GROUP, UH, LED BY STEPHEN MILLER.

UH, THE COURT STRUCK DOWN THE BLACK FARMER, UH, PROGRAM BECAUSE THE COURT DETERMINED IT FAILED TO SHOW THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS A DOCUMENTED PAST DISCRIMINATION, THERE WAS NO CURRENT DISCRIMINATION.

UM, IT SORT OF REMINDS ME OF WHEN CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS SAID THAT, UH, RACISM IN ELECTIONS, UH, NO LONGER EXISTS THAT WAY.

UH, SO, SO THEREFORE WE CAN GET RID OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT.

UH, THE COURT DETERMINED THAT THE USDA DID NOT MEET, UH, THE HIGH STRICT SCRUTINY STANDARD, UM, AND STRUCK DOWN THE PROGRAM.

UM, SOME SALT IN THE WOUND IS THAT, UH, THE COURT CERTIFIED, UH, WHITE FARMERS AS A CLASS AND A CLASS ACTION, UM, IN THIS CASE, AND, UH, CERTIFYING A CLASS, A FEDERAL CLASS FOR A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IS QUITE DIFFICULT.

SO IT WAS SURPRISING THAT, UM, NOT ONLY DID THEY STRIKE DOWN THE PROGRAM, BUT THEY ALSO, UH, CLASSIFIED WHITE FARMERS AS A CLASS, UH, IN THE CASE WERE NOT DONE WITH THE BAD NEWS.

SO, UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THIS ALL HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CITY'S GRANT PROGRAMS, UH,

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BECAUSE, UH, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THOSE TWO CASES, WE REALLY WOULD LIKE TO AVOID ENDING UP IN COURT, UH, IN THIS ENVIRONMENT.

UM, AND THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE, UH, THIS YEAR'S PAST A SUPREME COURT TERM AND THE TERM COMING UP IN OCTOBER, UM, I THINK IT PROVIDES A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR ALL OF US, UM, THE, UH, COURT THIS PAST, UM, THIS PAST, UH, SESSION OVERRULED ROE VS.

WADE, WHICH WAS PRECEDENT FOR 40 YEARS.

UM, ALSO OVERRULED A SCHOOL PRAYER CASE, THE LEMON TEST, WHICH WAS ALSO SETTLED LAW.

UM, THIS UPCOMING TERM, UH, PRESENTS A CHALLENGE TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ADMISSION POLICIES AT HARVARD AND UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.

UH, UH, THE COURT HAS, UH, HAD SETTLED LAW IN THIS AREA FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS, AND THERE'S REALLY NO REASON FOR THE COURT TO TAKE UP THESE CASES OTHER THAN TO OVERTURN THAT PRECEDENT.

UH, THE COURT HAS ALSO ACCEPTED A CASE THAT CHALLENGES LOCAL PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION AND NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, UM, POSING THE QUESTION, WHETHER A BUSINESS HAS A FREEDOM OF SPEECH, RIGHT, THAT WOULD OVERCOME PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION AND NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS.

UH, THIS CASE INVOLVES A WEB DESIGNER WHO WANTS TO DESIGN WEDDING WEBSITES, BUT DOES NOT WANT TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE TO SAME-SEX COUPLES, ARGUING THAT SHE HAS A FREE SPEECH, RIGHT? UH, NOT TO ENGAGE IN THAT KIND OF, UM, BUSINESS.

THE COURT HAS ALSO ACCEPTED TWO CASES THAT, UH, CHALLENGE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND ALSO CHALLENGES A STATE JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ELECTIONS.

SO, UH, THIS UPCOMING TERM, WE HAVE A LOT ON OUR WATCH LIST, UH, IN THE AREA OF, UH, CIVIL RIGHTS NON-DISCRIMINATION AND, UH, RACIAL EQUITY.

AND I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE A PARTICULARLY GOOD TERM FOR, UH, ANY OF THOSE, ANY OF THOSE CASES.

UM, SO THAT IS THE SUM OF MY PRESENTATION.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US? SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE HAVE FOR, IF, IF WE CHOOSE TO, UM, MAKE GRANT FUNDING DECISIONS THAT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, UH, THOSE PROTECTED CLASSES, UH, THAT I DISCUSSED, THEN THAT PRESENTS A HIGH LEGAL RISK TO THE CITY.

UM, WE'VE I SEE THAT, UH, SILL NOVIA, HOLT, ROB, THE DIRECTOR OF EDD ECONOMIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS HERE WITH US, WE'VE BEEN ENGAGING IN CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR CLIENT DEPARTMENTS ON HOW TO BEST ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS.

AND, UM, WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING SOME STRATEGIES TO MOVE FORWARD IN THAT AREA.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF I'LL NAVEA HAS ANYTHING SHE'D LIKE TO ADD.

NOT AT THIS TIME.

I HAVE A QUESTION SHARP SINCE, UH, PRESERVATION PRESENTS A RECORD OF OUR HISTORY AND A RECORD OF DISCRIMINATION, WOULD THERE NOT BE A CASE TO ARGUE FOR MORE REPRESENTATION OF MINORITIES THAT HAVE BEEN UNDERREPRESENTED HISTORICALLY BECAUSE OUR HISTORIC LANDMARKS ARE A PICTURE OF OUR SEGREGATED HISTORY.

AND WHILE THERE MAY NOT BE BUSINESSES CURRENTLY BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, THEY ARE A SNAPSHOT OF ALL THAT DISCRIMINATION AND COULDN'T HAVE NOT BE AN ARGUMENT TO SAY THAT IS CURRENT AND ACTIVE.

SURE.

THAT'S AN ARGUMENT.

UM, I THINK THE USDA HAD A SIMILAR ARGUMENT.

THEY HAD LONG HISTORY OF DOCUMENTED, UH, DISCRIMINATION AGAINST BLACK FARMERS, AND IT STILL WENT THE OTHER WAY.

SO I THINK THAT THE LEGAL LANDSCAPE THAT WE FACE IN THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM RIGHT NOW IS JUST NOT ONE IN WHICH WE WOULD WANT TO END UP IN COURT ON THAT I COULD, YES.

UH, COMMISSIONER HOME.

SETH, DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION? YEAH.

I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS OVERVIEW.

UH, AND IT CONCERNS ME GREATLY.

UM, WE HAVE IDENTIFIED AND ARE WORKING

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VERY SERIOUSLY TO ADDRESS WHAT HAS BEEN A LEGACY OF BIAS AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION MOVEMENT WRIT LARGE, BUT CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN'S NOT ANY DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN THAT REGARD.

AND THE PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE, UH, MAKING AN EFFORT WITH AN EQUITY-BASED UPDATE OF OUR PRESERVATION PLAN, UH, HAS HAD A LOT OF INPUT AND IS VERY PROUD OF THAT WORK.

UH, I'M SURE YOU'RE AWARE OF THAT.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO ADVANCE THIS WORK.

UH, THIS DOESN'T INVOLVE SPECIFICALLY GRANT FUNDING NECESSARILY, BUT A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES THAT ARE GOING TO IMPROVE THE PROGRAM OVERALL, BUT SPECIFICALLY WITH THIS AS AN OBJECTIVE.

SHARON, THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

YEAH.

I MEAN, I I'M AWARE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT YOU ALL ARE WORKING ON, THAT THE EQUITY OFFICE IS WORKING ON.

UM, I WOULD NOT DISCOURAGE YOU FROM MOVING FORWARD IN SOME OF THOSE PROGRAMS. UM, I WOULD ADD THAT, MAKE SURE THAT THE LAW DEPARTMENT IS INVOLVED AND IS AWARE SO THAT WE CAN ADVISE YOU AND THE DEPARTMENTS THAT YOU WORK WITH AS YOU MOVE FORWARD.

UH, YOU KNOW, WHEN I GAVE THIS PRESENTATION, UH, IN THE SPRING, I WAS TALKING ABOUT ROE VS WADE AND THE DOBBS DECISION.

AND I SAID, I THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY LIKELY THAT IT WOULD BE THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE COURTS SWUNG FOR THE FENCES.

AND THAT CASE WAS SURPRISING TO A LOT OF PEOPLE.

UM, AND I THINK THAT, UH, THE COURT IS JUST GETTING STARTED.

THEY'RE NOT, THEY'RE NOT FINISHED.

THE COURT IS FINDING ITS FOOTING WITH THOSE CASES.

AND I THINK NEXT TERM WE'LL PROVIDE A CHALLENGE FOR ANYONE WHO SEEKS TO, UM, REMEDY THE, UH, PAST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN OUR COUNTRY.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH PARTICULARLY THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ADMISSION CASES, UH, WITH THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

UM, AGAIN, THAT HAS BEEN AN AREA OF SETTLED LAW FOR DECADES NOW.

AND, UH, IF THE COURT, UH, OVERTURNS THAT, UH, THAT PRECEDENT, THEN IT WILL, UH, SORT OF, UH, IT WILL MAKE, UH, THESE EFFORTS A LOT MORE DIFFICULT THEORETICALLY THEN WITH THE CITY DISCOURAGE US, THE LANDMARK COMMISSION, UM, DO FROM ADOPTING AN EQUITY-BASED PRESERVATION PLAN.

UM, SO, UH, FROM THE LAW DEPARTMENT'S PERSPECTIVE, WE'RE HERE TO ADVISE YOU ON THE LEGAL RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THE DECISIONS THAT YOU MAKE.

UM, WE HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR, UH, DEPARTMENT, OUR CLIENT DEPARTMENTS AND, UH, ADVISE THEM ACCORDINGLY, UM, AND ALLOW THEM TO MOVE FORWARD.

AND THE WAY THAT THEY FEEL IS MOST APPROPRIATE CONSIDERING, UH, THE POLICY THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO IMPLEMENT ALONG WITH EVALUATING THE LEGAL RISKS THAT, UH, THAT SUCH A DECISION WOULD, WOULD POSE.

SO THAT WOULD BE WELL, PUTS A DAMPER ON THINGS, NEIL, IF I COULD INTERJECT YES.

ON THAT WOULD BE A HOPE LAB WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

YES, IT IS THE, UM, DISCOURAGING, BUT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS STILL LEADING WITH A RACIAL EQUITY LENS, JUST, UH, ADJUSTED SOME OF THE QUESTIONS ON HOW WE, UH, GET OR ACHIEVE THE OUTCOMES WE WANTED.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IN OUR LAST, UM, PROGRAM AROUND MUSIC IN GRANTS, WE ASKED QUESTIONS AROUND, UH, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT.

HOW MANY TIMES YOU HAVE THE MOOD? WHAT IS YOUR BANKING HISTORY? BECAUSE A LOT OF, UM, NOT A LOT, BUT YOU TEND TO FIND INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE IN AREAS WE WANT TO HELP BECAUSE OF THE COST OR HAVING TO MOVE OFTEN.

THEY DON'T ACCESS THE BANKING YOU'RE IN CERTAIN ZIP CODES.

SO WE USE CERTAIN SOME QUESTIONS AROUND THOSE CONCEPTS, IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

SO, UM, WE WEREN'T, WE WERE PLEASED WITH THE OUTCOME.

IF WE COULD HAVE DONE MORE DIRECT QUESTIONING, YES, WE WOULD HAVE ACHIEVED MORE, BUT I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO OUR DASHBOARDS TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LIVE MUSIC, UH, PROGRAM THAT WE JUST DID.

UM, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE INCORPORATED SOME OF THOSE SIMILAR

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QUESTIONS IN OUR HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY THE COURSE, UM, BUT WORK CLOSELY WITH THE LAW DEPARTMENT BECAUSE THEY EVALUATED ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS WITH NEW QUESTIONS THAT WE CAME UP WITH.

AND AGAIN, UM, IT ACHIEVED GOOD RESULTS, BUT NOT THE BEST RESULTS WE COULD HAVE IF WE WERE TO ASK MORE DIRECT QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, IF I CAN ONE BE CLEAR THAT WE ARE NOT DISCOURAGING ANYONE FROM ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS THE HARMS OF PAST DISCRIMINATION IN OUR CITY, WE ARE ASKING THAT YOU WORK WITH US IN THE LAW DEPARTMENT AND WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENTS, UM, WHO, UH, OVERSEE YOUR PROGRAMS, THAT WE JUST HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW WE CAN BEST MOVE FORWARD.

BUT, BUT THIS IS A PRIORITY FOR THE LAW DEPARTMENT, ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES AND, AND ADDRESSING, UH, RACE EQUITY IN OUR PROGRAMS IS A PRIORITY FOR THE LAW DEPARTMENT.

WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO THAT IN THE RIGHT WAY.

YES, COMMISSIONER.

YEAH, I KNOW.

I WOULDN'T CALL IT A DAY.

I THINK WE'VE JUST BEEN JUST THAT IT'S GOING TO BE CHALLENGING AND WE JUST NEED TO PUSH FORWARD IF ANYTHING THAT SHOULD REDOUBLE OUR RESOLVE.

OKAY.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS COMMISSIONER COULD, YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO CONFIRM AND BE CLEAR THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO USE A TORQUE ASSOCIATIONS WITH MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, AS LONG AS WE DON'T MAKE THE STATEMENT THAT WE'RE MAKING THIS DECISION SPECIFICALLY.

I'M SORRY, CAN YOU, CAN YOU MISS THE FIRST PART THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO RECOMMEND A DESIGNATION OF HISTORIC LANDMARKS BASED ON ASSOCIATION WITH MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES AND REPRESENTING THAT HISTORY WITHOUT SPECIFICALLY SAYING WE'RE MAKING THIS DECISION BECAUSE OF PAST INEQUITIES.

I MEAN, WE, WE HAVE TO ADDRESS HISTORY DIRECTLY HERE.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THAT NONE OF US ARE HESITANT TO IDENTIFY ACKNOWLEDGING DIFFICULT HISTORIES AND MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES AS APPROPRIATE HISTORIC ASSOCIATIONS, AS LONG AS WE DON'T SAY, YOU KNOW, IF THIS WERE A DIFFERENT RACE, WE WOULDN'T MAKE THE SAME CALL.

RIGHT.

I THINK WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS ACKNOWLEDGE THE HISTORY THAT WE FACE IN THE CITY, UM, AND ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS THAT DISCRIMINATION IN WAYS THAT, UH, UH, FALL WITHIN, UH, THE CONSTITUTION.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? COMMENTS HERE.

THANK YOU.

THIS HAS BEEN, THIS HAS BEEN INTERESTING AND ENLIGHTENING AND, UM, COMMISSIONER, TELL THAT WHAT WAS YOUR, UM, I THINK YOU HAVE BROUGHT THIS BRIEFING TO US TONIGHT OR HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH BRINGING THIS TO US.

DID YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR CONCERN? NO, NOT REALLY.

I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS, IT WAS A VERY INTERESTING, UH, IT, IT REMINDED US, REMINDED ME TOO, THAT THERE ARE VARIOUS THINGS WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND.

WE HAVE TO, UH, AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE, SOMETIMES YOU DON'T REALIZE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE, THERE'S SOME, THERE'S A DEEPER BACKGROUND WITH SOME OF THESE THINGS, AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE OF USE VALUE TO THE COMMISSION ITSELF.

YEAH.

I, UM, DOES THERE, SOME, SOME OF THESE ARE THINGS THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE CONSIDERED, I WOULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT.

UM, I THINK WE THINK THAT, UH, WE'RE KEEPING UP WITH SOCIAL WITH SOCIETY OR SOCIETAL NORMS AND FORGETTING THAT, UH, THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS SOMETIMES, UH, MUCH MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN WHAT'S GOING, WHAT'S ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE IN SOCIETY.

SURE.

AND WE IN THE LAW DEPARTMENT ARE WATCHING THOSE CASES AT THE SUPREME COURT.

WE'LL BE WATCHING THE LEGISLATURE, UH, UH, NEXT YEAR, AS I'M SURE SOME OF THESE ISSUES ISSUES WILL COME UP, UH, AT THE LEGISLATURE AND WE'LL BE PROVIDING ANY UNNECESSARY BRIEFINGS TO OUR CLIENT DEPARTMENTS AND THEN, UH, TO YOU AS WELL, IF NECESSARY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR AND COMMISSIONERS.

Y'ALL HAVE GOOD EVENING.

A LITTLE SOBERING.

UM, NOW

[3. Initial Concepts for Heritage Wayfinding Design]

WE HAVE, UH, MELISSA ALVARADO AND JOHN BOSIO INITIAL CONCEPTS FOR HERITAGE WAYFINDING DESIGN.

YES.

GOOD EVENING.

UM, I'M WILLIS ALVARADO.

I'M THE HERITAGE TOURISM DIVISION MANAGER WITHIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

UM, TONIGHT WE'RE HERE TO PROVIDE A BRIEFING

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ON INITIAL DESIGN CONCEPTS OF WAY FINDING ELEMENTS WITHIN DISTRICTS THAT HAVE HISTORIC CONTRIBUTING PROPERTIES.

AS A BACKGROUND BACK IN OCTOBER, COUNCIL APPROVED A CONTRACT WITH MERGED DESIGN TO DEVELOP A HERITAGE WAYFINDING MANUAL FOR THESE DISTRICTS THROUGH A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, AS PART OF A REPORT BACK TO COUNCIL IN OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR, THIS MEETING WITH YOU TODAY IS PART OF THIS ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, AND WE, UH, REALLY WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK AND INPUT AS WE GO THROUGH THIS, YOUR, UM, CONSIDERATION AND INPUT ON THE REVIEW PROCESS BY BOTH THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE AND THE HISTORICAL LANDMARK COMMISSION FOR PROJECTS ARE WELCOMED A MERGED DESIGN.

WE'LL BE SHARING SOME DESIGN CONCEPTS IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS.

BUT IN ADDITION, AS PART OF THIS PROCESS, THE MERGE DESIGN TEAM WILL BE EXPLORING RESOURCES PROCESS, UH, WORKING THROUGH DESIGN, UM, LOOKING AT PLANNING, PRICE POINTS, MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS, ALL TO REFINED A WAYFINDING IMPLEMENTATION METHOD WITHIN DISTRICTS.

AND IN ADDITION TO THAT, MERGE IS ALSO WORKING WITH AN INTERDEPARTMENT STEERING COMMITTEE, UH, COMPRISED OF A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS WHO HELP HOPE TO GUIDE THIS PROCESS AND INFORM, UM, MERGE OF ANY, UM, POLICIES THAT COULD GREATLY ASSIST THIS NEW PROCESS.

AND WITH YOUR INPUT WE'LL, WE WILL BE CREATING SOMETHING THAT WILL HIGHLIGHT AND, UM, AND REALLY, YOU KNOW, ADVOCATE FOR THE DIVERSE HISTORIES THAT WE HAVE, UM, THROUGHOUT AUSTIN AND TO REALLY CELEBRATE THOSE HISTORIES IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

AND WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO NOW INTRODUCE PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE, JOHN WITH MERGED DESIGN, JOHN.

YEAH.

EVERYONE ON JUMBOS.

YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, KEEP GOING.

NEXT ONE.

UM, JUST REAL QUICK ON THE, UH, ON THE MANUAL ITSELF, THIS PARTICULAR PHASE OF IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ACTUAL FABRICATION OR INSTALLATION OF ELEMENTS.

THAT'S A SECOND PHASE.

AND I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT.

UM, IN A MOMENT, UM, IT REALLY IS THE FIRST STEP INTO CREATING A DESIGN GUIDE.

SO WE'RE BASICALLY DESIGNING SORT OF THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE SYSTEM, BUT THE CONTENT AND THE STORIES THAT WILL BE TOLD WILL BE DEVELOPED WITH THE DISTRICTS AND THE COMMUNITIES AT A, UM, AT THE NEXT PHASE OF THE PROJECT.

UM, SO IT'S REALLY SORT OF THE FOUNDATIONAL WORK FOR THOSE DISTRICTS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY ALLOCATED FUNDING.

UM, AND IT LAYS THAT FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE ELIGIBLE DISTRICTS.

SO AS WE GO THROUGH THIS, IT'S NOT ONLY THE THREE DISTRICTS THAT CURRENTLY HAVE FUNDING.

WE'RE ALSO THINKING ABOUT IT.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A NEW DISTRICT COMES ON BOARD AND GETS FUNDING? WHAT, WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL THEY HAVE NEXT SLIDE.

AND NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS REESE, UH, KICKED IT OFF LAST, UH, THE END OF YEAR, AND WE'VE BEEN DOING SOME CONCEPTUAL DESIGN IN APRIL AND MAY AND IN JUNE AND JULY, WE'VE ACTUALLY BEEN GOING OUT AND GETTING STAKEHOLDER FEEDBACK ON THAT.

AND THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE TONIGHT.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

UH, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE, UM, HERITAGE WAYFINDING, OR YOU THINK ABOUT WAYFINDING IN GENERAL, WE THINK ABOUT IT HOLISTICALLY.

SO IT'S NOT JUST INTERPRETIVE SIGNS AND THAT'S ALL, AND THAT'S IT.

UM, THEY ARE A BIG PART OF THIS AND THEY'RE SORT OF CORE TO THE SYSTEM, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, FOR THE MOMENT SOMEONE SITS DOWN AT THEIR COMPUTER, WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION DO THEY GET? HOW ARE THEY USING THEIR PHONE TO FIND THEIR WAY AND THEIR OPPORTUNITIES FOR A DIGITAL ELEMENT WITHIN THE MANUAL? UM, HOW DOES THE ENVIRONMENT PLAY A ROLE, UM, IN THEIR ABILITY TO FIND THEIR WAY, ARE THERE HISTORIC LANDMARKS THAT ALREADY PROVIDE ORIENTATION AND THEN SUPPORT MATERIAL, BROCHURES OR MAPS THAT CAN ALL BE PART OF AN INTERPRETIVE PLAN THEN OF COURSE, SIGNAGE.

SO ANYTHING FROM A DISTRICT GATEWAY TO, UM, VEHICULAR DIRECTIONALS OR PEDESTRIAN, AND OF COURSE, KIOSKS AND INTERPRETIVE ELEMENTS, ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE CONSIDERED WITHIN A WAYFINDING PROGRAM.

CERTAIN ONES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING THROUGH MELISSA'S PROGRAM.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO JUST REAL QUICK JOURNEY THAT SOMEONE MAY TAKE.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT HERITAGE WAYFINDING, UM, THEY MAY GO TO A WEBSITE AND DECIDE TO VISIT DOWNTOWN OR VISIT ONE OF THE DISTRICTS.

UM, WHEN THEY GET TO THE DISTRICT, MAYBE THERE'S A BANNER THAT WELCOMES THEM.

UH, MAYBE THERE'S A SIDEWALK COMPASS OR SIDEWALK PLAQUE THAT HAS

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SOME SORT OF HISTORIC INFORMATION OR HAS A, A TRAIL ON IT.

THEY'RE FOLLOWING THEIR PHONE ALONG, MAYBE A WALKING TOUR.

AND THEN THEY COME ACROSS AN INTERPRETIVE PANEL, UM, WHICH TELLS THEM THE STORY OF A, OF A PERSON, A PLACE A, OR AN EVENT.

UM, THEY MAY HAVE A PRINTED BROCHURE WITH A MAP THAT GIVES THEM INFORMATION AND THEY COULD WALK BY A, UM, UH, HISTORIC MURAL AND THEN GO TO ANOTHER INTERPRETIVE SIGN.

SO THEY'RE NOT ALL OF THE THINGS, BUT IT'S JUST AN EXAMPLE OF ELEMENTS THAT SOMEBODY MAY COME ACROSS WITHIN A, UM, WITHIN A WAYFINDING TOUR, WAYFINDING JOURNEY, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE MANUAL REALLY LOOKS AT SETTING THAT FOUNDATION.

SO IT'S THAT FIRST THREE STEPS YOU SEE AT THE BOTTOM THAT ARE IN GRAY.

IT'S LOOKING AT THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE, OF THE FUNDING AND THE, UM, MAINTENANCE OF THE PROGRAM, THE COST OF DIFFERENT ELEMENTS, UM, PROVIDING DISTRICTS INFORMATION ABOUT RESOURCES FOR THEM TO DO RESEARCH, UM, ON THE CONTENT THAT THEY MAY CONSIDER AND THEN THE DESIGN ELEMENTS.

SO AGAIN, YOU'LL SEE IT IN THE DESIGN.

WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DESIGN THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE STRUCTURES.

WE'RE NOT GETTING INTO THE DETAIL OF THE CONTENT.

THAT CONTENT DEVELOPMENT REALLY IS PART OF PHASE TWO, WHICH IS THE IMPLEMENTATION, UM, WHICH WE SHOULD, WHICH WE SHOULD HEAR IN FOUR OR FIVE AND SIX.

I'M REALLY GOING THROUGH AT THAT POINT IN INTERPRETIVE PLAN AND WORKING WITH THE DISTRICTS TO DEVELOP WHAT STORIES THEY WANT TO TELL.

UM, THERE MAY BE SOME ADDITIONAL DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AT THAT POINT, MAYBE INCLUSION OF LOCAL ARTISTS.

AND YOU'LL SEE THAT IN THE DESIGN AND THEN FINALLY IMPLEMENTATION ACTUAL FABRICATION AND INSTALLATION OF THE SYSTEM.

SO A LOT OF THE MANUAL ALSO LOOKS AT HOW ARE THESE THINGS PROCURED? HOW ARE THEY MAINTAINED? UM, AND THAT ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECT OF IT.

EXCELLENT.

THAT'S ABOUT IT.

UM, SO WE DO HAVE TO COORDINATE WITH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT WAYFINDING PROGRAMS THAT ARE OUT THERE ON THE DOWNTOWN WAYFINDING SYSTEM.

A PILOT PORTION OF THAT HAS GONE OUT AND WE WERE INVOLVED IN THAT PROGRAM AS WELL.

PARKS AND REC HAS THEIR PROGRAM.

THERE'S THE HISTORIC, TEXAS HISTORIC MARKERS AND OTHER DISTRICTS HAVE WAYFINDING PROGRAMS. SO THIS IS ALL HAS TO BE COORDINATED WITHIN THOSE WORLDS, AS WELL AS A LAYER OF INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT LOOK TO REPLACE ANY OF THOSE ELEMENTS.

AND AS WE'RE, THERE ARE RELATED AGENCIES AND APPROVALS.

SO LIKE WE'RE IN HERE WITH YOU TONIGHT, I'M GIVING YOU THE SPREE THING.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE OTHER APPROVALS AND PROGRAMS OUT THERE.

NEXT SLIDE SO THE MANUAL DOESN'T HAVE A RANGE OF DESIGN DIRECTION.

SO THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS WHERE WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO KEEP TEMPLATES.

SO IT MAKES IT EASY FOR A DISTRICT.

IF THEY WANT TO TELL A STORY, THERE'S ALMOST SORT OF A PLUG AND PLAY IN SORT OF A STANDARD THAT THEY CAN UTILIZE VERY EASILY.

UM, SO THERE'S STANDARDS AND TEMPLATES, THEN THERE'S GUIDELINES AND BEST PRACTICES.

SO WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT TELLING THEM HOW TO DESIGN A BANNER OR, UM, BROCHURES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT WE'RE GIVING THEM SOME GOOD GUIDELINES FOR THAT.

UM, SO THAT IT, SO IT MATCHES THE REST OF THE PROGRAM.

AND THEN THERE'S EXAMPLES AND CONSIDERATIONS.

SO IF IT'S A PLACEMAKING ELEMENT WHERE MURAL, OBVIOUSLY THEY WOULD COME UP WITH THAT AS PART OF THEIR OWN, UM, COMMUNITY INPUT.

BUT THOSE WERE SORT OF SHOWING WITHIN THE MANUAL, HOW ALL OF THOSE THINGS ULTIMATELY CAN WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE AN INTERPRETIVE PLAN WITHIN ONE OF THESE DISTRICTS AND HAVE THEM REALLY CONNECT TO TELL A REALLY BROAD STORY.

THE NEXT SLIDE UM, THERE ARE FUNCTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS, LIKE EXISTING POLICIES, EXISTING WAYFINDING SYSTEMS, LIKE I MENTIONED, BUT ALSO DISTRICT IDENTITY AND CUSTOMIZATION.

SO WE TALKED TO SOME OF THESE DISTRICTS WHO REALLY WANT TO BRAND THAT PARTICULAR DISTRICT AT A HIGH LEVEL, AND OTHERS MAY NOT BE READY TO DO THAT YET.

UM, WE WILL BE DEVELOPING A BASE DESIGN AND THEN HAVE AN ENHANCED VERSION SO THAT IF THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS WHERE THAT ENHANCEMENT MAKES SENSE AND, AND THEY WANT TO SPEND FUNDING THERE, THEY CAN DO THAT.

UM, AND THEN HAVING A VARIETY OF SIZES AND CONFIGURATIONS AND PERMANENT VERSUS FLEXIBLE ELEMENTS.

SO THAT FROM A, THERE'S A RANGE OF COSTS AND A RANGE OF MATERIALS AND MAINTENANCE.

SO THAT'S ALL PART OF THE DESIGN THINKING.

ONE OF THE MAIN QUESTIONS THAT WE'RE ASKING TONIGHT, AND WE'VE ASKED THE STAKEHOLDERS IS THIS IDEA OF SPECTRUM OF IDENTITY.

SO YOU'LL SEE THAT IN THE THREE DESIGN OPTIONS WHERE YOU HAVE ONE WHERE IT'S REALLY

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STANDARDIZED AND REALLY THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY FOR IDENTITIES ON SAY IN THIS CASE, AN INTERPRETIVE PANEL.

SO THIS IS GENERIC, JUST SORT OF EXPLAINING IT, NO DESIGN APPLIED, UM, THE IDENTITY TEMPLATE, WHICH IS IN THE MIDDLE IS SIMILAR TO THAT, BUT THEN YOU MOVE THE IDENTITY MAYBE ONTO THE STRUCTURE AND PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT MORE OPPORTUNITY.

AND THEN THE, ON THE FAR RIGHT IS MAXIMUM IDENTITY WHERE A DISTRICT MAY REALLY WANT TO PROMOTE THEIR IDENTITY AND HAVE SOMETHING THAT REALLY IS SORT OF THEIR CHARACTER AND CULTURE.

SO, YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH OF THAT CUSTOMIZATION CAN HAPPEN.

SO NEXT SLIDE, THIS SHOWS HOW ACROSS THREE DISTRICTS, THE STANDARD WOULD WORK.

YOU BASICALLY HAVE THE SAME THING EVERYWHERE YOU GO.

UM, THAT STANDARD STRUCTURE WOULD TELL YOU THAT'S WHERE HERITAGE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE, BUT IT'S VERY LIMITED TO THE PANEL FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT DISTRICT ONE, TWO, AND THREE THERE AS TO, YOU KNOW, THE COLORS AND THE PALLETS THAT THEY USE AND THE IMAGERY THAT THEY USE.

NEXT SLIDE, THE IDENTITY TEMPLATE TAKES IT ONE STEP FROM THAT, WHERE YOU'RE NOW MOVING THE IDENTITY ONTO THE STRUCTURE, MAYBE ALLOWING FOR SOME COLOR ON THE EDGE AND GIVING A LITTLE BIT MORE IDENTITY TO, TO THE PROGRAM.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THE MAXIMUM IDENTITY REALLY ALLOWS EACH DISH GIVING THEM A FRAMEWORK, BUT REALLY LOUDLY EACH DISTRICT TO DO THEIR OWN THING, RIGHT? IT MAY REALLY LOOKS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE.

YOU LOSE A LITTLE BIT OF THE CONSISTENCY OF AN IDENTITY IDENTITY PROGRAM WHERE YOU KNOW WHERE HERITAGE INFORMATION IS, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE A HIGHER COST BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF CUSTOMIZATION.

SO THERE'S THIS SORT OF SCALES THAT WE'RE PLAYING WITH, WHERE CUSTOMIZATION IDENTITIES REALLY WANTED AND THE COST ASSOCIATED WITH IT COMPARED TO SOMETHING THAT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE STANDARDIZED.

SO THEY'RE THE KINDS OF QUESTIONS WE'VE BEEN ASKING THE STAKEHOLDER GROUPS, NEXT SLIDE, THROUGH ALL OF THIS, WE'VE BEEN HAVING A LAYER OF ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS, WHETHER THAT'S BILINGUAL INFORMATION, HOW CAN THAT BE INCLUDED AND ARTISTIC COMPONENT, DISTRICT BRANDING AND TECHNOLOGY.

ALL OF THOSE ARE LAYERS OF INFORMATION.

WE'RE TRYING TO WORK INTO DIFFERENT ELEMENTS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE FEEDBACK WE'VE BEEN ASKING FOR IS ONE THAT, THAT IDENTITY SPECTRUM, WHERE DO, WHERE DO THE DISTRICTS FEEL? THEY FALL ON THAT SPECTRUM, UM, THE LANGUAGE OR THE DESIGN LANGUAGE OF THE SCALE AND CONFIGURATION SOME OF THE MATERIALS AND INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS, AND THEN THE WAYFINDING ELEMENT ELEMENTS THEMSELVES.

WE ARE SHOWING A HANDFUL OF, OF WHAT WE FINDING TOOLS.

UM, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THAT'S ALL OF THEM THAT WILL BE IN THE MANUAL, BUT IF THERE WERE CERTAIN ONES THAT WERE VIEWED FAVORABLY AND ARE THERE ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS AND MAYBE SOMEBODY SAW IT IN THE OTHER CITY AND THEY FEEL LIKE THAT'S, THEY LIKE TO SEE THEN AUSTIN AS WELL.

SO WE'VE BEEN ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS, NEXT SLIDE.

SO WE'RE GOING TO START THE THREE DESIGN OPTIONS.

ONE THING TO BE AWARE OF WITH THE GRAPHICS ON THESE DESIGN OPTIONS, IT'S SORT OF A WEIRD DESIGN PRESENTATION.

I'VE BEEN SAYING THAT FROM THE BEGINNING, BECAUSE ALL THE GRAPHICS ARE REALLY PLACEHOLDER.

SO WHETHER YOU SEE A LOGO OR A COLOR PALETTE OR PATTERN, UM, THEY'RE GOING TO BE ALTERED FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT WHEN WE WORK WITH THE DISTRICTS AT THAT LEVEL.

SO, UM, THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL GET TO INCORPORATE THEIR OWN DISH DISTRICT BRANDING.

SO THAT BLUE PATTERN, YOU SEE THE THIRD IMAGE IN, UH, YOU'LL SEE THAT ON ONE OF THE DESIGN OPTIONS, IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THAT SIGN'S GOING TO HAVE THAT BLUE PATTERN.

IT JUST MEANS THAT'S THE PLACEHOLDER FOR THAT TYPE OF GRAPHIC ELEMENT.

EXCELLENT.

SO OPTION ONE IS THE STANDARD.

UM, THIS ONE REALLY BUILDS AROUND A, UM, IDENTITY FOR THE PROGRAM ITSELF, AUSTIN HERITAGE, THAT NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO IN THE CITY FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT, YOU WILL GET A, UM, AN IDENTIFIER THAT, THAT STRUCTURE, THAT ELEMENT IS WHERE YOU CAN GET, UM, HERITAGE INFORMATION.

SO THE NEXT SLIDE, BUT IT'S A STANDARD.

SO IT'S REALLY LIMITED TO THE PADDLE ITSELF.

IT'S NOT GOING ON TO ANY SORT OF STRUCTURE NEXT SLIDE.

SO HERE'S A SCHEMATIC DESIGN ONE, UM, WITH A HANDFUL OF ELEMENTS, THE BOTTOM ELEMENTS OF THE INTERPRETIVE PANELS ARE REALLY THE CORE PORTION OF THE SYSTEM.

AND THEN, UM, THAT'S WHERE STANDARDS REALLY GET ESTABLISHED.

AND THE ONES ALONG THE TOP OF THE PAGE ARE ELEMENTS WHERE THERE'S A LITTLE BIT MORE FREEDOM WITHIN A DISTRICT ULTIMATELY, BUT WE'RE SHOWING HOW IT CAN BE, UM, EXPANDED FROM THE ORIGINAL SYSTEM.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN YOU CAN SEE HERE, JUST GO BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THOSE TWO SLIDES, THE IDEA OF AN ENHANCEMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF MAYBE

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STONE OR BRICK WORK.

IN THIS CASE, WE'RE SHOWING CONCRETE OF A UPGRADED ENHANCED BASE, NEXT SLIDE.

SO EACH OPTION HAS AN INTERPRETED MONUMENT, WHICH IS THE LARGER SCALE ELEMENT WITH INTERPRETIVE PANEL.

UM, THE INTERPRETIVE TOTEM, WHICH IS THE NEXT ONE YOU CAN SEE ON HERE, WE'RE SHOWING BOTH A DISTRICT LOGO AND THEN A IDENTITY FOR AUSTIN HERITAGE.

SO NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, YOU SEE THAT LITTLE MARKER AND, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHERE YOU GET INFORMATION NEXT SLIDE.

AND YOU CAN SEE, YOU KNOW, TEMPLATES FOR INTERPRETIVE PANELS.

UH, ONCE THE CONTENT IS DETERMINED, THE NEXT SLIDE, AND WE'LL HAVE A RANGE OF INTERPRETIVE PANEL LAYOUTS THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE FROM.

SO THIS WOULD BE MUCH MORE OF A PLUG AND PLAY TYPE VERSION.

THE NEXT SLIDE, THIS ONE LEAVES A LITTLE BIT MORE DESIGN WORK AND A LITTLE BIT MORE OPTION.

AND THEN THE NEXT SLIDE AND THIS SLIDE, WE'RE REALLY JUST USING THE BAR ALONG THE SIDE, BUT WHATEVER APPEARS ON THE REST OF THE PANEL IS UP TO THE DISTRICT.

AND MAYBE THEY HIRE A DESIGNER TO DO THAT NEXT SLIDE.

AND HERE YOU COULD SEE HOW THOSE ELEMENTS WOULD THEN TRANSLATE GRAPHICALLY OVER TO A, A WALKING DIGITAL WALKING TOUR AND NEXT SLIDE.

AND IN THIS OPTION, THERE'S A DISTRICT GATEWAY THAT HAS AN ARTISTIC COMPONENT.

SO AGAIN, THAT WOULD CHANGE OUT FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT BASED ON WHAT THEY WOULD WANT TO DO.

NEXT LINE OPTION TWO IS THE IDENTITY TEMPLATE.

SO HERE WE'RE TAKING, UM, A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE IDENTITY OF THE DISTRICT AND NOT ONLY THROUGH THEIR LOGO, BUT ALSO SOME GRAPHIC PATTERNS TO ALLOW THEM TO, UM, BRING MORE IDENTITY ONTO THE PROGRAM.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO HERE YOU SEE, SO THE GENERAL IDEA, WHICH IS THE, PANEL'S THE BEIGE PART SIMILAR TO THE FIRST ONE, BUT NOW A PATTERN WHERE ANOTHER GRAPHIC ELEMENT CAN APPEAR ON THE SITE.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND AGAIN, INTERPRETIVE PANELS AT THE BOTTOM, IN THIS CASE, THE IDEA OF MAYBE A GRANDER INTERPRETIVE ELEMENT, THAT'S MAYBE A MONUMENT, THAT'S A SERIES MAYBE IN A PLAZA OR TO GATEWAY TO A DISTRICT AS WELL AS INTO OTHER INTERPRETIVE ELEMENTS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO YOU SEE AT THE TOP IS THAT DISTRICT IDENTIFIER, WHICH WOULD BE A PATTERN, AND THEN YOU HAVE YOUR INTERPRETIVE PANEL AND THE BASE.

UM, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WE HAD WAS, WELL, WHAT HAPPENS IF THIS GOES IN FRONT OF LIKE A HISTORIC, UM, THIS HISTORIC SITE OR A HISTORIC BUILDING AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, IT VERY EASILY CAN BE CONFIGURED TO BE JUST MORE TONED DOWN OR MORE HISTORIC TO THAT PARTICULAR, UM, ENVIRONMENT.

SO IT DOESN'T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A BRIGHT AND COLORFUL DISTRICT BRANDED ELEMENT, UM, WITHIN A DISTRICT, YOU COULD CHANGE IT OUT BASED ON, UM, THE STREETSCAPE OR THE HISTORIC NATURE OF THAT PARTICULAR AREA.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO BE SENSITIVE TO THAT.

GOOD, EXCELLENT.

THIS IS A PLAN VIEW OF THAT MAYBE, UM, HAVING A QUOTE OR SOME OTHER SORT OF INTERPRETIVE ELEMENT ON THE GROUND, LOOKING DOWN AT IT.

EXCELLENT.

AND HERE'S THE INTERPRETIVE TOTEM, WHICH HAS A LITTLE BIT MORE FORM TO IT.

NEXT SLIDE, JUST TO READ THROUGH THESE AND HERE'S THE ANOTHER INTERPRETIVE PANEL.

WE SEE THAT PATTERN AND THEN WRAP ON THE POLE.

SO AGAIN, WE'RE JUST EXTENDING THE ABILITY OF THE DISTRICT TO HAVE THAT IDENTIFIER, THE NEXT SLIDE AND HOW IT COULD CHANGE OUT TO A MORE TONED DOWN VERSION.

EXCELLENT.

SO EACH DISTRICT IS DIFFERENT BASED ON THEIR PATTERN.

SO WE'RE SHOWING DISTRICT ONE, BUT EACH DISTRICT MIGHT CHANGE OUT NEXT SLIDE, AND YOU CAN SEE THAT PATTERN CHANGING OUT ON THE POLL ITSELF.

NEXT LEVEL, AGAIN, A GATEWAY ELEMENT THAT MAYBE HAS AN OPTION FOR LIGHTING.

UM, GATEWAY IS PROBABLY WILL BE UNIQUE TO EACH DISTRICT, THE NEXT SLIDE AND THE FINAL OPTION OPTION THREE, WHICH IS THE MAXIMUM IDENTITY REALLY GIVES A FRAMEWORK, BUT ALSO ALLOWS EACH DISTRICT TO DO THEIR OWN THING WITHIN THAT FRAMEWORK.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO YOU SEE IT'S MORE OF A GRID PATTERN AND THERE'S OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLOR, AS WELL AS, UM, ORNAMENTAL, UM, PATTERN WORK, SLIDE, HERE'S THAT VERSION.

SO AGAIN, YOU HAVE THE INTERPRETIVE SIGNS AT THE BOTTOM, UM, MAYBE A PRINTED WALKING TOUR AND HOW DIFFERENT PATTERNS CAN BE APPLIED NEXT SLIDE.

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SO HERE'S THE INTERPRETIVE MONUMENT.

THAT TOP PART WOULD BE IN OUR, COULD BE, UM, WILL BE DEVELOPED BY THE, THE DISTRICT ITSELF.

THEY COULD HAVE A LOCAL ARTISTS DO A COMPONENT OF IT, AND THEN AGAIN, THEY DEVELOP THE CONTENT, BUT WE'RE GIVING THEM PLACEHOLDERS OF WHERE THAT MIGHT APPEAR WHERE THE GREEN PRIMARY TITLE IS VERSUS THE BLUE, BUT THAT CAN SWITCH FROM SIGN TYPE DESIGN TYPE, NEXT SLIDE, JUST A HORIZONTAL VERSION OF THAT DIFFERENT SIZES, DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS, DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS ARE ALL BEING CONSIDERED.

THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO ONE DISTRICT COULD HAVE SOMETHING THAT'S VERY ORNAMENTAL AND OTHER DISTRICT COULD HAVE A PATTERN OR ELEMENT THAT'S VERY SIMPLE.

AND THEN SOMEONE COULD HAVE SOMETHING