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Why Bringing More Affordable Housing to Austin Is a Block-by-Block Battle

DATE POSTED:September 15, 2022
Franklin Grove, which overlooks the vacant lot Anmol Mehra plans to build on.After Chris Gannon and Leyla Shams bought a house on E.M. Franklin Avenue, they sometimes walked just up the street to a densely forested three-acre lot of sprawling trees and lanky bamboo next to a small, spring-fed creek. The land was owned by Lee Daniel, the cinematographer best known for his work on the iconic Austin films Slacker and Dazed and Confused. Daniel had moved an old house from New Orleans onto the property and invited artists to camp there and show their art. “You’d go there and really you couldn’t tell what art was what they were showing, and what was a collection of pans that they had,” Gannon said.The couple, both architects, soon started a family and began renovating the 1939 home they…

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