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Will, 35, shows off his Medusa stenciled T-shirt on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 at Dark Side of the Street Collective, an art workshop for the homeless every Wednesday at 6th Street and Brazos.

The clay-and-wire sculpture emerging on the folding table depicts a tree, pregnant with pollution, with oil spills, airborne toxins and a trash island floating in the ocean.

The hands making it are dark and stained, a bit scarred, but fast-moving and certain of their purpose.

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Followup to the Problems in Windsor Park Creek (2 weeks after cleanup)

A homeless encampment in Austin's Windsor Park neighborhood is accumulating trash after a cleanup effort earlier this month.

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The homeless community will now have a place to store their belongings with the City of Austin's newly launched Violet KeepSafe Storage program, that provides 96-gallon bins and locks to unsheltered individuals so they can store their possessions without fear for their safety.

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Since Windsor Park resident Kevin Ludlow posted a video showing trash, human waste and drug use in a growing encampment behind his home last weekend, more than 60,000 people have viewed it on YouTube, hundreds have reached out to him directly and the site has been cleaned up.

Now, the area looks "really great," Ludlow said, adding that a long-term solution is still needed.

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The petition, if validated and approved by voters this November, would have reinstated a city ban on public camping.

The group behind a petition to put a citywide public-camping ban on the November ballot in Austin said Thursday that they were "engaging a highly respected local Democratic litigator" in their efforts to fight a city ruling earlier in the week that their petition did not enough valid signatures.

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No public camping referendum on November ballot for Austin, city rules.


A petition to reinstate Austin's ban on public camping—abolished a year ago in a widely-debated move by Austin City Council to address homelessness—does not have enough signatures to make it on the November ballot, Austin City Clerk Jannette Goodall ruled Wednesday.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his annual "State of the City" address Wednesday—virtually.

This story has been updated to include quotes from the mayor's speech.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his annual "State of the City" address Wednesday evening, in which he discussed the coronavirus pandemic, police funding, the local economy, homelessness, transit and equity issues.

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As Austin struggles to deal with the growing issue of homelessness, a new report by a national consulting firm released Thursday urges a "more humane, person-centered" approach that will bring "more efficient and effective outcomes than the more punitive policies" traditionally used by major cities to get homeless people off the streets.

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