The unceremonious shelving of the Zilker Vision Plan announced earlier this week after years of work doesn’t really inspire much confidence in Austin’s civic process. In fact, it’s evidence that the city’s current leadership is capable of being swayed towards inaction by threats, conspiracies, and the same entrenched local interests that obstructed progress on zoning reform a few years back — and we’ve seen over the years precisely how successful it’s been for Austin to do nothing!
But whether or not you attribute the local perception of the Zilker plan to a well-funded online misinformation campaign, the fact remains that the proposed features of the project never managed to achieve widespread public popularity. At this stage, we’re curious whether any design for changes to the park could obtain that consensus. We’re not about to propose “rewilding” Zilker into an exclusive amenity for nearby neighborhoods, but what can everyone agree the park needs to survive Austin’s growth and remain the city’s signature public amenity into the future? Let’s start throwing ideas around with our own survey — we’ll highlight the best ones next week: