Heather Way Reports on San Antonio Aggressive Code Enforcement and Austin Housing Crisis

Heather Way (’97), Professor and Co-Director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at UT Austin, was quoted on Texas Public Radio regarding her report finding San Antonio uses code enforcement aggressively in communities of color, issuing vacate orders and orders to demolish at a rate nearly 4000% higher than Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth combined (“Report: San Antonio Vacates and Demolishes Homes at Exponentially Higher Rate than Other Major Texas Cities Combined,” Nov. 18). “I've been doing this work for about 25 years, and I have never heard of this happening at this level in these large Texas cities, and Houston and Dallas definitely have lots of poverty, and they still have a pretty large stock of older substandard housing.” Heather was also quoted in The New York Times discussing “How Austin Became One of the Least Affordable Cities in America.” On housing demolitions in Austin neighborhoods, Heather noted, “You drive down a street one day and all of a sudden you’re thinking, ‘What happened to the apartment building that stood there last week?’” (Nov. 27).