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Make Austin's Rosewood Courts a City of Austin Historic Landmark

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Rosewood Courts is the oldest USHA (United States Housing Authority) public housing in America, and the first built for African Americans.  It is an Austin, Texas, and American treasure.  To read a copy of the National Register nomination for this iconic place visit:

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East Austin's historic black buildings are quickly disappearing.  Their history is not being respected.  A vicious and racially discriminatory double standard exists in Austin regarding this issue.  Of the over 600 city historic landmarks currently supported by Austin taxpayers only EIGHT commemorate the history of black East Austin.

Federal law directs agencies at every level of government to designate the public buildings they manage as historic.  Rosewood Courts should have been nominated by housing authority or city officials decades ago.  It became eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Perhaps most importantly, over 75 years after its construction Rosewood Courts still furnishes safe, decent and rent-controlled housing for the citizens of Austin.  This important legacy matters and offers ample lessons for today's steroidal Austin housing market.

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