SITE OVERVIEW ♦ AUSTIN | TEXAS
The East Riverside/Oltorf neighborhood—located near downtown Austin, the University of Texas and other colleges, and the airport—has a mix of densely populated housing complexes and undeveloped plots. Ninety percent of the target area residences are renter occupied by college and university students and low-income families: The current average median household income is $23,871. The majority of units are aged and in need of repair, and the area has many check cashing/pay-day loan and pawn shops but few assets such as medical facilities or grocery stores.
Riverside’s location, combined with a lack of available property remaining in Austin’s downtown core, has resulted in a demand for high-dollar housing and business development in and around the target area. Development is beginning to push the area’s homeless population who live in many established camps to open areas, tunnels and bridges, and many of the criminal offenses are perpetrated by those without means against their new affluent neighbors.
Approximately 4 percent of all crime in Austin occurs in the CBCR target area, although it has just 2.1 percent of the city’s population and less than 1 percent of its land area. From 2013 to 2016, the area accounted for 10 percent of the murders citywide, 7.7 percent of robbery by assault, and 7.2 percent of burglaries.
The City of Austin and the principal investigator for the East Riverside/Oltorf Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (CBCR) program, Dr. David Springer at the University of Texas, have partnered in the past to develop innovative community-based crime solutions in the award-winning “Restore Rundberg” program, created with a CBCR FY2012 grant. For the East Riverside/Oltorf program, the overarching goals are to reduce violent and property crime, increase trust, and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance the revitalization of the Riverside neighborhood. The four objectives:
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