December 5, 1959

    1 measure, for “urban renewal.” Passed 51 to 49 percent with 12.5 percent turnout:

    This measure, which passed by just 55 votes, was placed on the ballot by the council as the first step toward designating areas of East Austin as blighted to qualify for federal funds to tear down homes and build new subsidized residences. The day after the vote, Austin Mayor Tom Miller told the Austin Statesman: “We would never take a man’s home without first finding a better one for him.” Today it is regarded as a failure as most “urban renewal” projects of the era nationwide proved to be.