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For the third installment of 35 and East’s podcast, I chat with UT Austin lecturer Eliot Tretter.
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For the second installment of the 35 and East podcast, I sat down with Bo McCarver of Blackland Community Development Corporation. Bo is one of the founders of the affordable housing cooperative.
Here’s the second half of our interview, where McCarver talks about some interesting initiatives and partners that Blackland has teamed up with.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development considers affordable housing to be housing that costs less than 30 percent of any given family’s monthly income.
In the map, areas of affordable housing are separated by North (red pins), East (blue pins), South (yellow pins) and West (green pins). For the purposes of this map, north is considered anything north of 51st street, east is anything east of I-36, south is anything south of Lake Austin and west anything west of Loop 1.
The percentage of affordable housing refers to the number of units in a given complex that are deemed “affordable.”
For my first every podcast for 35 and East, I sat down with Brett Barnes, director of development and external relations for Lifeworks - a local non-profit group here in Austin.
Barnes and I talk about the wide-range services Lifeworks has brought to the Austin community, including the East side, and their plans for the future.
On March 31, members from across the Austin community met at the Terrazas Library in East Austin. They group led a procession down César Chávez Street to honor his accomplishments for farm workers and minorities across the country.
An Altar for César Chávez is set up at the foot of the Terrazas Library
Susana Almanza, co-director of East-Austin based PODER, begins the parade
with a ceremonial ritual.
Created by a St. Edwards student, the artwork of Chávez is made up of the essays of migrant students.
An elderly man waits for his bus as the parade passes by.
Students from East Austin’s college preparatory high school lead the march, carrying a statue of La Virgen de Guadalupe.
The hat of a participant is adorned with scores of pins protesting the extorting farm laborers.
Throughout the march, chants of “si se puede” could be heard all along César Chávez street.
The procession concluded at the steps of City Hall, where mayor Lee Leffingwell and city council member Mike Martinez and Rep. Eddie Rodríguez spoke about the accomplishments of Chávez.
Once at city hall, festivities, like folkorico dancing, were held.
The Sustainable Food Center (SFC), the non-profit group behind three of Austin’s food markets opened up a fourth, year-long food market in East Austin.
The market will also serve as a test run for the Double Dollar Incentive Program. The initiative allows customers who receive state food aid, such as the Lone Star card and WIC and who spend at least $10 on fruits and vegetables at the market, to receive another $10 to spend at the market.
SFC Farmer’s Market East
Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
5315 Ed Bluestein (51st and Hwy 183 in the YMCA parking lot)
A sign for SFC Farmers’ Market East welcomes shoppers to the newly opened
An employee from Texas Coffee Traders sets up their tent on an early Tuesday morning.
A late arrival, this Farmer scrambles to set up his tent before shoppers arrive
at 10 a.m.
Finca Pura Vida farmer Edgard Chaves brings in more
vegetables to his tent Tuesday morning.
Farmers make some last-minute adjustments to their tents Tuesday before
customers begin to show.
Locally grown vegetables such as the beets and
carrots shown are only a few of the vegetables that
shoppers flock to the market to purchase.
After 10 a.m. trickles of shoppers arrive at the Eastside market. This past
Tuesday marked the Market’s second day being open.
Customers attempt to fit an enormous head of lettuce
into their shopping bag.
Organic strawberries are just some of the fresh fruit available at the SFC Farmers’ Market East.
Edgar Chavez jovially reminds a customer of the first
time they met at the SFC Farmers’ Market
In his stroller turned shopping cart, a child waits while his mother chats with