The pro-CodeNext "true progressive" people produced those to troll the limousine liberals that are progressive in name only (and secret racists that deep down want to keep Austin's status as one of the most segregated cities). You know, the ones that drive their Subarus and Prius' to protest anything that so much as smells faintly of density. The ones that dress up in showy lycra and $3,000 bikes that won't ride locally... they strap their bikes to the roof and go out into the hills to show up with their Strava postings.
Yes, start a thread and tell us more. I find it fascinating. Not trolling here. As an outsider I look at it as a giant political failure in the world of planning because of the conflicting views of standard Texas conservative vs. Austin liberal. There seems to be enough power on each side that it becomes a stalemate leaving Austin a great city to visit with music and bars and whatever, but a crappy planned city overall.I could talk for days on what happened with CodeNext. It is a great case study in multiple planning and political issues.
I have never been a Duany fan. Overtly idealistic and not very applicable outside of metropolitan areas. APA bought his schtick hook, line and sinker.The guys an arrogant ass. Comes to town, bad mouths your city, and goes back to building sprawl in Florida and calling it great. Did I mention he's also a pretentious prick.