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ANC Central Sector Meets with City Code Enforcement on Stealth Dorms

The Austin Neighborhood Council (ANC) Central Sector recently met with Carl Smart, director of Code Compliance for the City of Austin. The consensus was that dealing with stealth dorms requires more cooperation and interaction among City departments. For instance, an extra PDRD review of some building...


Stealth Dorms Taking Over Northfield; What Has the City Done?

In the Northfield neighborhood, within the boundaries of 51st, Lamar, Airport, and Koenig, there are more than 70 (the last time I looked it was 74) documented “stealth dorms.” We have a link at to our white paper and a map of these properties in...


The Domino Effect of Dorm-Style Duplexes

The multitude of nuisance, safety and traffic problems that dorm-style housing generates is absolutely incompatible with family neighborhoods and can have a rapid devastating impact on single-family neighborhoods. Mike Wong, president of Northfield Neighborhood Association stated that his neighborhood has lost 10 single-family homes since...


Safety Concerns from Lee Elementary Community

This brief video, created by a fifth grader at Lee Elementary, highlights the concerns that parents have about the safety of children walking and biking to school, which is directly across from a proposed dorm-style duplex development on Harris Avenue.


A Letter to Developers: Consider the Community Repercussions

Dear developers [names removed], I reside on Carolyn Avenue. My husband and I walk the corridor between Woodrow and Harris on a regular basis to take my daughter to the Lee Elementary playground in the evenings and weekends. In another year, she will be attending Lee...


Trash, Parties and Rats

I live across E. 35th from a super duplex/stealth dorm. Six bedrooms, three baths and a kitchen on each side. Parking in tandem would keep all 12 tenants' vehicles off the street. Parking in tandem occurs ONLY where tenants are hosting a party. Otherwise tenants...