W.A.N.G. Newsletter April-2018
PO Box 5722, Austin, TX 78763-5722
in this Issue.....
- Neighborhood History: Charles Moore Foundation Compound
- W.A.N.G Monthly Meeting Minutes for April
- District 10 Update
- Austin Mobility: Dockless Bike-share
- Code news - International Property Maintenance Code - IMPC
- Link to CODENEXT Draft
- Austin Strategic Mobility Plan: Survey
- W.A.N.G. Board of Directors
- Letters to the Board...Meredith St Flood Risk Reduction Plan
- Neighborhood Real Estate Stats
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - Scale Insects
The Charles Moore Foundation Compound
When Charles Moore accepted an invitation in 1984 to come to Austin and develop a new graduate program at the University of Texas, it became another opportunity to develop yet another architectural practice. Like those that preceded this one—MLTW: Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull and Whitaker; Moore Grover Harper; Centerbrook; Urban Innovations Group; and Moore Ruble Yudell—what would ultimately become Moore/Andersson Architects began with the act of making a house, the seventh that Moore would design for himself. The place would center Moore's hectic life and work, but connect the work to the sense of being in one of Austin's prized neighborhoods (Tarrytown), the larger sense of the Hill Country, and the even larger sense of Texas itself.
Moore and the partner in this venture, architect Arthur Andersson, arrived to a neighborhood that had been traumatized by the construction of MoPac, a state freeway that was promoted by politicians and transportation authorities as a "boulevard" but lamentably devolved into a standard concrete high-speed corridor with nary a tree, sidewalk, or intersection in site, let alone any of the charm or prestige or romance that "boulevard" calls to mind. Although Moore's site was directly adjacent to the freeway and its menacingly named "feeder road" (Winsted), the property, an acre-sized slope was shielded by at least some of the noise and pollution by a grove of fine trees, and a greensward along a nearby creek, along which a public trail runs.
Moore understood the apprehensiveness of his new neighbors, who were fiercely protective of what remained of the "soul" of their violated neighborhood. What he did not want to do was declare his tenancy with a monument.
Instead, he wanted to make a place that would respect the scale and patterns of the neighborhood, and unobtrusively tuck under the limbs of the stately Post and Shumard Oaks. And even though the careworn 1930's-era bungalow on the property (that had succumbed to a "ranch" addition in the 1940's) offered little in the way of promise, Moore felt it was important not to sweep in and erase the house, but keep it intact as a reminder of the site's history.
For starters, the notion of a "compound" seemed right, since Moore and Andersson could break down the mass—two homes and a studio—into constituent parts, thereby reducing the apparent scale. "Compound" also implied a loose confederation of buildings that could take advantage of connections and overlaps to create what Moore often described as "chances for encounter". Ever since childhood road trips throughout the West, and through to his Master's thesis at Princeton, which focused on the Spanish adobes of Monterey, California, Moore was always interested in the Hispanic antecedents of American architecture. The idea of the courtyard, into which the attention and life of the inhabitants could focus, protected by a thick-walled shell, still seemed a worthy model, given Austin's temperate climate.
Moore was also fascinated by what might be considered the antipodes of the Texas Hispanic typology, the German or Prussian or Alsatian vestige of the thin-walled dwelling, built as clusters of small, toy-like structures in communities surrounding Austin. Instead of focusing inward, these houses turned their attention outward, to the land the inhabitants came to tend as farmers or ranchers, by means of porches, windows, dog-trots, lean-to's, gables and dormers.
In only the way that Moore was able, he took these two contrary architectural idioms and fused the vernacular voices to make a place special to Texas, but "uniquely his own." (Strong helpings of Soane, Maybeck, Schinkel, Pompeii, Sherwood Ranch, Vierzehnheiligen, Bantry House, and Kyoto were added to the mix!) Binding all these metaphors was the sense of the building as geode. The whole compound would be sheathed in plainspoken board and batten, painted taupe to emphasize the foliage, preferring reticence to self-importance. But upon entry, each layer gets looser and freer and more festive, until the act of crossing Moore's threshold unleashes what Paul Goldberger once described as "mad magnificence." Thwarting all expectations of the shell's equanimity, the inner sanctum is encrusted with Moore's collection folk art and toys, the crystals of the geode. This is the place that Charles Moore called home for the last ten years of his life, where he centered his many activities, ideas, friends, colleagues, and students, and where he connected to the bigger picture.
The Charles Moore Foundation welcomes visitors. Due to its limited staff and its residency program, architecture tours are available by appointment only. Tours include the Charles Moore House and Studio; the Andersson House and the Cube Loft are included based on the foundation's residency schedule. Tours typically take 1 hour.
New Article on MUNY in Next Month's WANG Newsletter !
...HISTORY WORTH SAVING...
“Muny” is a beloved urban green space and civil rights landmark worthy of protection. Save Muny is dedicated to saving Lions Municipal Golf Course from development and preserving its urban green space, civil rights history, and golf legacy for the enjoyment of future generations of Austinites.
WANG APRIL 2018 Meeting Minutes
WEST AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
These are the minutes of the meeting of the West Austin Neighborhood Group Board of Directors held Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., at the Howson Public Library.
I. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 PM by President Cathy Kyle. Board members in
attendance included: Mary Arnold, Joyce Basciano, Joe Bennett, George Edwards, August Harris, Haidar Khazen, Craig Lill, Holly Reed and Blake Tollett. Board members Elizabeth Adams, Mike Cannatti were not in attendance.
II. Approval of Minutes:
August Harris made a motion to approve the March 6, 2018 Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded by Holly Reed, and approved unanimously.
III. Neighbor Communications:
August Harris reported on the final approval for construction to begin at The Grove.
IV. Land Matters:
The Board discussed some sight line problems with a fence at 2700 Mountain Laurel Dr. as well as 3300 Greenlee.
Joyce Basciano told the Board that Cap Metro will not be eliminating the 21/22 route but will change its name to the “335” and reduce its route in Tarrytown. She also noted that the City of Austin wants to take over the planning along core corridors in neighborhoods where Neighborhood Plans include the corridors.
Joe Bennett reported that the WANG membership continues to grow steadily, and that he believes the New revamped on-line Newsletter is helping to spread the word. He informed the Board that he is planning to send an on-line reminder (flyer) to current members reminding them when to renew. Most members currently renew annually in November of each year.
Joe Bennett reported that 563 visits were made to the e-Newsletter.
Haidar Khazen proposed WANG move to an online only MONTHLY Newsletter, and have semi- annual print Newsletters sent to the entire WANG area. An announcement will be made in the May Newsletter. Content for the May Newsletter is due April 13. The Board discussed the content for the May Newsletter, and agreed to include an article about CodeNext and the upcoming dates for Council readings, an article informing the neighborhoods about the Brackenridge Tract, and continuing Neighborhood History articles.
VIII. ANC Liaison Report:
CodeNext: Joyce Basciano reported that Joe Reynolds, an Allandale resident, spoke at the Environmental Commission’s Development Committee meeting about how impervious cover percentage is misused in CodeNext Draft 3, and poses localized flooding issues in neighborhoods with inappropriate development.
Joyce also reported that an in-depth assessment of CodeNEXT Draft 3, given by Barbara McArthur, Community Not Commodity, at the ANC March general membership meeting, can be found at
CodeNEXT Draft 3 has many errors and inconsistencies. Erica Leak, Manager for Housing Policy, Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Dept. gave an update on CodeNext’s Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP). The AHBP is proving to be as complex as CodeNEXT. This is counter to the intent of the Land Development Code (LDC) rewrite which was supposed to produce a simpler, easier to understand LDC.
IX. Treasurer’s Report:
George Edwards email reported that WANG has $9059.99 in the Business Account, $495.36 in the Tarrytown 4th of July Parade Account, and $1,207.05 in the Oak Wilt Account.
X. Old Business:
A. CodeNext: Mary Arnold suggested WANG contact the Public Library and request that a copy of CodeNext Draft 3 be made available at Howson Branch Library. Imagine Austin Plan and the Central West Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan are both available at Howson for the public to read.
B. Brackenridge Tract: The WANG Board will be sharing information as it becomes
available, regarding the termination of the Brackenridge Development Agreement,
between the City of Austin and The University of Texas, in May 2019.
XI. New Business:
A. Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 1st 2018 at 6:00 PM at Lions Municipal Golf Course.
XII. Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned by President Cathy Kyle at 8:06 PM
Joe Reynolds, a long time Allandale resident has worked on local flooding issues over the years. He has professional experience in modeling large systems. For his views on CodeNEXT’s impact on impervious cover click above
District 10 update.....
Happy Friday! On Thursday, April 19, District 10 staff will be holding office hours at Russell’s Bakery on Hancock Drive. This is an opportunity for folks to chat with D10 staff about any ideas, concerns, or general comments they may have without having to make the trek to City Hall.
District 10 communications and policy staff will be at Russell’s from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for informal discussions about a range of city-related topics. Since both policy advisors will be available, Thursday’s office hours are a great time to give input and have questions answered about CodeNEXT, the City’s budget process, the 2018 bond package, and more. If you have a few minutes during your lunch break, please feel free to swing by Russell’s and meet with D10 staff.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Thursday, April 19, 2018 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Russell’s Bakery (3339 Hancock Drive, 78731)
OUR NEXT NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING...... MAY 1ST
Tuesday, May 1st, 6pm
2901 Enfield Road
(the first Tuesday of each month!)
Cap Metro Presentation (on the agenda)
The best way to access route information is on the Cap Remap landing page: http://capmetro.org/remap/. You can “Find Your New Route” and select 335 to see an interactive map (don’t forget to click Eastbound or Westbound), which will show all the stop points and the route’s operating frequency across the day all week long! In addition, if you would like to see it in context with the rest of the system in your area, I recommend visiting the “Changes by Region” section of the page and selecting the map for the “Central Core.”
Optional RSVP below if you would like to let us know you are planning to attend and receive an agenda as it becomes available (usually the day of the meeting)....
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Movie in the Park !
Saturday, May 19th, 6:30pm
Tarrytown Neighborhood Park, Austin, TX, USA
NEWS FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN....
#ATXundocked: Austin asking for public input on dockless mobility
Austin Transportation is gearing up to have the community test out new dockless mobility options, but first we're asking the community what they want out of the upcoming pilot.
We kicked off our engagement effort last Wednesday with a Dockless Bike-share Community Forum, where attendees rated bike-share company pitches in real time, completed surveys about bike-share in Austin and asked policy experts from Seattle, San Francisco and Austin for their thoughts and experiences related to bike-share. If you missed the event, you can watch the Facebook Live recordings of the pitch session, panel and survey.
Since the launch, we have expanded our dockless bike-share public engagement process to include electric scooters.
Community Listening Sessions
Austin Transportation is hosting community listening sessions at locations throughout Austin for the rest of the month and asking for feedback. Drop by these open houses at any time to give us your thoughts on dockless mobility in Austin:
- Mon., April 16 – 6-7 p.m., Willie Mae Kirk Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
- Sat., April 21 – 12 p.m., Earth Day ATX, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St.
- Sat., April 28 – 2:30-4 p.m., Twin Oaks Library, 1800 South 5th St.
The City of Austin is developing a new city-wide transportation plan, the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP), and the Austin Transportation Department would like to invite you and your organization to provide feedback!
We need your help to spread the word!
You can help in several ways:
- Take the online survey at asmp.metroquest.com!
- Contact the ASMP team if you have an event or meeting that you’d like us to attend or think would be an opportunity for us to engage with people who might not have heard about our survey. We are looking to add events to our engagement calendar through the end of May. Contact Dan Brooks at email@example.com or by phone at (512) 974-6423 with any ideas for events!
- Share the survey link with your networks! You can use the attached graphics and the example text at the end of this email to share in newsletters or through social media.
Please provide your input on Austin’s mobility future by taking our online survey before May 31st!
Your valuable feedback on these three scenarios will help us develop the preferred strategy for the ASMP. The ASMP will be an update to the city’s current transportation plan from 1995, and it will expand the vision of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan to guide Austin’s near- and long-term transportation investments. City staff anticipates the ASMP to head to City Council for adoption in early 2019.
You can learn more about the ASMP planning process online at www.austintexas.gov/asmp.
We’d also like to let you know that our staff is available to give presentations at any upcoming meetings you might have scheduled. Contact Dan Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 974-6423, with the following information if you'd like to schedule a meeting to learn more about the ASMP process and our outreach efforts:
- Date & Time
- Anticipated number of attendees
- Amount of time for ASMP on agenda and format (e.g., presentation, presentation w/ Q&A, five minute “elevator pitch,” etc.)
- Whether a projector and screen will be provided for the ASMP team to use
Thanks for your time and dedication to your community.
CODENEXT DRAFT 3 AVAILABLE NOW
Draft 3 of CodeNEXT, the staff recommendation, was released Monday, Feb. 12. To learn more about the new draft, visit AustinTexas.Gov/Codenext.
To view and comment on the code, visit codenext.civicomment.org.
To view and comment on the map, visit codenext.engagingplans.org.
Download the full copy of the code here.
Because this is the staff recommendation, all comments received on this draft will be compiled and provided to the Austin City Council, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning and Platting Commission for further deliberation.
Please mail application and check to: West Austin Neighborhood Group PO Box 5722 Austin, TX 78763-5722 Annual Memberships (Nov 1-Oct 31) $50-Friend Level; $100-PATRON Level; $30-FAMILY Level; $15-SENIOR Level; $250-BENEFACTOR Level
WANG Board of Directors & Committee Members
Organized 1973......"To preserve our neighborhood and protect it from deterioration"
Board of Directors
- President: Cathy Kyle President@westaustinng.com
- Secretary: Holly Reed Secretary@westaustinng.com
- Assistant Secretary: Blake Tollett AsstSecretary@westaustinng.com
- Treasurer: George Edwards Treasurer@westaustinng.com
- Past President: August "Happy" Harris III PastPresident@westaustinng.com
- Elizabeth Adams ........................................... Elizabeth@westaustinng.com
- Mary Arnold ................................................. Mary@westaustinng.com
- Joyce Basciano ............................................... Joyce@westaustinng.com
- Joseph M Bennett .......................................... Joe@westaustinng.com
- Michael Cannatti ............................................ Mike@westaustinng.com
- George Edwards ............................................. George@westaustinng.com
- Haidar Khazen ................................................. Haidar@westaustinng.com
- Craig Lill ........................................................... Craig@westaustinng.com
- Holly Reed ....................................................... Holly@westaustinng.com
Honorary Committee Members
- Honorary Mayor Steve Adler
- Honorary Alison Alter
- Honorary Kathie Tovo
Letters to the Board.....
This is Stephanie Lott with the Watershed Protection Department. I wanted to give you and the West Austin Neighborhood Group a heads up that we are planning a public meeting about the Meredith Street Flood Risk Reduction project.
We’ve got the meeting room reserved at the Howson Branch Library for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7. This will be an informational meeting, since it has been a couple of years since we met with the community. We’ve nearly completed the design of the project and will be starting to permit it soon. The purpose of the project is to reduce the risk of flooding in the area around Meredith Street and Rockmoor Ave. We’ll be upgrading and expanding the storm drain system.
I’m planning to send out meeting notices, an email to our stakeholder group and post the meeting on Next Door, starting next week. The project website is at http://www.austintexas.gov/department/meredith-street-storm-drain-improvements.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Public Information Specialist Sr.
Watershed Protection Department
WANG NEWSLETTER : PRINTED vs ELECTRONIC
WANG NEWSLETTER : PRINTED vs ELECTRONIC
WANG is currently planning to reduce the number of times we send out PRINTED Newsletters members to TWICE a year BUT increase the mail-out to EVERY household in the neighborhood. We will continue our Monthly Newsletters albeit by E-mail only. This should help us get information out to the neighborhood more quickly while saving a tree.
Let us know if you agree or what method of delivery you prefer? Email us at Newsletter@WestAustinNG.com
Give Us your Feedback!
NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE STATISTICS 04/09/18
by Wizzie Brown, BCE
Scale insects are divided into two basic categories- soft scales and hard, or armored, scales. Soft scales produce a soft, thin, cottony, powdery, or waxy covering that cannot be separated from their body. They also produce a lot of honeydew (a sweet, sticky substance excreted by some insects). Hard scales produce (shown right) a hard, shield-like covering made of shed skins and wax that conceals their body but is not attached to the body.
Scale insects lay eggs which hatch into crawlers. Eggs are usually hidden under the female’s body, but some may be placed under a cottony or waxy covering secreted by the female. The first instar is called a “crawler” because when they emerge from the egg, they move around on the plant to locate a place to settle down and feed. Crawlers may be transported to other plants by wind, people, or animals such as birds. After they choose their spot, the insects typically do not move for the rest of their life.
Scale insects cause damage to plants by puncturing and removing plant juices via their piercing-sucking mouthparts. This can lead to yellowing, wilting, leaf drop, or sometimes killing sections of the plant. Soft scales produce honeydew which can lead to growth of a black fungus called sooty mold that can further stress your plant. Depending on the type of scale, they may be found on foliage, stems, or even roots of the plant.
Tips for managing scale insects:
- Prune sections that contain scales from the plant and discard in sealed bags.
- Try spraying the plant with a high pressure water spray to knock the insects from the plant.
- Try treating the plant with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.
For more information or help with identification, contact Wizzie Brown, Texas AgriLife Extension Service Program Specialist
Wizzie Brown, BCE
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