The use of Rosewood's supposed lack of ADA compliance to justify demolition is dumb and cynical. Because a housing project TRULY built for the disabled would go far beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our Passive House proposal could be part of a comprehensive design solution for rehabilitation at Rosewood Courts. ...
Given the housing authority's long history of benevolent paternalism and undemocratic management and governance, it isn't surprising that it would cherry pick certain residents of Rosewood Courts to support demolition. It is doubtful that the resident quoted in this story has ever attended a housing authority board meeting.
At Preserve Rosewood we believe in democracy. Here are some things we recommend:
1. Conduct a FULLY INDEPENDENT audit of the housing authority. An audit by the City of Austin's auditor Corrie Stokes would be fine.
2. Revamp the HACA board. It needs more diverse representation. The current boardmembers have also served too long.
3. Institute participatory budgeting at HACA.
4. Expand the role of resident associations.
5. Develop truly resident driven plans where resident associations hire their own consultants, instead of the housing authority (as was done in Houston in the 90's.).
We also support community gardens at public housing sites, sustainability upgrades, the dissemination of documents in more languages and other things. ...
William H. Johnson, "Eviction." Oil on plywood, 1942-44.
If you know modernist art and architecture, especially its African-American pioneers, you know who William H. Johnson was. And you can probably guess how he would have felt about preserving Rosewood Courts.