This a fortunate time, as the City of Austin has issued a new draft of its land use and development code, CodeNext, and has been accused of bias by the newly-formed Task Force on Institutional Racism. DecipherAustin.com
is a way to enhance citizen participation without excessive encroachment on time for citizens to be heard, and for the city to respond to a growing poor reputation for addressing inequity. Currently, there are no apps that provide experiences from marginalized populations that hold government responsible, and there is mounting tension on a national level. Census data does not effectively incorporate multiracialism and was created without motivation of total participation, i.e. women, people of color, and poorer populations. Also, this data is only gathered every ten years, which creates woefully inaccurate pictures of the population in an area. For example, how could Austin 2000 be compared with Austin 2010 be compared with Austin 2017?