“The mayor and city council recently gave stumblebums and illegal aliens an open invitation to camp out where ever they want… sidewalks, storefronts and under bridges.”
Source: PJ Media
As I’m dealing with the nightmare on the roads, I see one of Austin’s new camps. You may have heard about these. Mayor Steve Adler and the leftwing city council passed an ordinance allowing the homeless to camp out nearly anywhere they want, all over town (except at city hall). The day this camping went legal, homeless started sleeping in front of businesses and homes. Tent cities started popping up all over, in medians and under overpasses.
Most of the tent cities are just that – tents like you find at the local sporting good store, plus fabric chairs, bicycles and other visual pollution. Mayor Adler and company have paid zero heed to what’s happening in Los Angeles after it allowed open camping: demon plagues now beset the City of Angels. Leprosy itself, that disfiguring disease from the first century, may make a comeback too. If Austin doesn’t change its ways, soon, these medieval blights may descend on the Texas capital.
The tent city I saw on this trip was different. There were no tents. This was a series of wooden shacks hugging a beam supporting the 183 highway above. They were made of mismatched wood and particle board paneling, whatever the residents could scrounge up. My heart goes out to people in these circumstances.
The last time I saw a shanty town like this, I was in Baghdad. That was at the height of the war in January 2007, just days after the end of Saddam Hussein. But this is Austin in 2019.
If you’re thinking of moving to Austin, reconsider. The job market is still hot and it’s still nearly impossible to find a bad meal at any restaurant in town. It won’t last forever. Like Seattle, which adopted similar liberal policies, Austin is showing signs of rotting out from the inside – starting at city hall.