Austin Demolished: Visualizing Neighborhood Trends, 2000-201713 Feb 2018
Housing demolitions are a ubiquitous reminder of Austin’s dramatic pace of change. Stroll through any of Austin’s older neighborhoods and you’ll undoubtedly come across homes in varying states of demolition and re-construction. In certain neighborhoods, entire blocks have been razed and rebuilt (drop a pin at random in Chestnut).
Whether you accept demolitions as a prerequisite for infill or resent them as a consequence of gentrification, there’s no denying that the character of Austin’s neighborhoods is being remade before our eyes.
Having considered demolitions across council districts and parcels, I’ve been keen to somehow quantify the impacts of the demolition/construction boom at a neighborhood level. The below map attempts to do so by measuring the percentage of housing units demolished within Austin’s census tracts.
The source data here are ACS 5-year housing estimates for 1-unit and 2-unit structures, referenced against single-family and two-family demolition permits issued by the City of Austin from 2000 through 2017. Clicking on any parcel reveals the year-over-year demolition totals within the tract.