East Austin neighborhoods want downtown-style safety measures
AUSTIN, Texas — A fatal shooting this month at 13th and Chicon streets has riled several neighborhood association leaders, who say they want to see certain downtown public safety measures expanded to central East Austin, where a struggle to stop prostitution and drug activity has continued for decades.
Police and officials with the Travis County district attorney's office said an initiative is in the works to curb crime in the area, which is notorious for outdoor sales of narcotics at all hours of the day. But they declined to discuss specifics.
For many residents, the most significant challenge is putting away the dealers who keep coming back to the streets even after multiple arrests.
Information from Austin American-Statesman