I am calling on us all to look at this data as a reflection of ourselves and the collective values of the city that we live in. Before we start pointing fingers, let's sit quietly with the truths that have been exposed here. Let's be curious. Curious about how this came about. Curious about the history of our city. And curious about the role that we have played in this history. Then let's start to be curious with each other. Let's ask questions, and LISTEN to each other. Let's explore: How do you feel about how we have segregated ourselves? What are your hopes and fears surrounding this issue? How do you think we should move forward? What ideas can we explore?
What I dearly hope, is that this project starts a conversation. I want us Austinites to look at this data as a reflection of ourselves, because it is a reflection of us and our city. Do we like that we are this segregated? Does it feel like we are living our best selves and our best values when we see how separated we are? If we don’t like what we see, what are we going to do about it? If you want to get in on this conversation, let me know. I want to hear what you have to say!