Preserve Rosewood White Paper
Preserve Rosewood White Paper: A Jewel in the Violet Crown

Austin is in the midst of a severe affordable housing crisis. East Austin’s 78702 zip code is one of the most gentrified zip codes in the nation. In the white paper A Jewel in the Violet Crown — A People’s Plan to Preserve Austin’s Public Housing, Preserve Rosewood answers in great detail the “how” and “why” of preserving America’s oldest black public housing.

In this document you will learn:

  • The public housing legacy of President Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Why we must keep the public in public housing
  • Why addressing gentrification requires addressing issues of heritage preservation
  • Why public entities like housing authorities have a special obligation to preserve the social, environmental and community integrity of historic properties
  • Why preserving public housing helps to tackle institutional racism
  • How preserving public housing creates unique opportunities for public entrepreneurship and innovation
  • How public housing rehabilitation can help meet Austin’s climate protection goals while raising building standards, and supporting local building trades.
  • An introduction to Passive House and how it can be used at Rosewood Courts
  • Financing opportunities

Download the PDF here.