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Farm&City

Austin, TX   |  http://www.farmandcity.org

Mission

Farm&City is dedicated to high quality urban and rural human habitat in Texas in perpetuity.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Jay Blazek Crossley

Main address

Po Box 171

Austin, TX 78767 USA

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EIN

82-1041408

Cause area (NTEE code) info

(Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis) (B05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Farm&City is dedicated to high quality urban and rural human habitat in Texas in perpetuity. Texas is suffering from our lack of a statewide independent, research-based voice in the urban planning and transportation policy world. We live in a changing climate, while we are making decisions left & right about how to grow. Texas is expected to grow from 28 million to 50 million people over the next several decades & may settle out as the worldwide human population stabilizes. So these choices we are making right now will set the course of Texas history and will decide the daily quality of life for our great, great, great grand children. Texas needs a new think & do tank working at the intersection of transportation, urban planning, equity, & sustainability to help reach better decisions and better outcomes for all Texans. There is a lot of room in Texas public policy that has been left unfulfilled between left and right, especially as it relates to transportation & urban planning.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vision Zero Texas

40,000 people die from transportation in the United States every year. Texas is one of the most dangerous states, with 3,773 deaths in 2016. The Texas Department of Transportation continues to project increasing fatalities every year. Furthermore, for every traffic death in Texas, there are 5 life-changing incapacitating injuries. Vision Zero Texas is based on the understanding that these deaths are preventable, and that transportation should be fundamentally safe. Vision Zero Texas will support governments across the state to adopt a collaborative, safe systems approach and commitment to ending traffic deaths and serious injuries.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

A paradigm shift in transportation has begun in Texas. We need to help our leaders, communities, and local and state governments bring balance to our safe, multimodal transportation system. We need people of all socio economic backgrounds to have better access to all the elements of the modern Texas metropolis via safe walking, biking, and transit. By joining One Thousand Texans for Transit, you will have access to training, data and analysis, and focused campaigns to ensure our leaders understand the transit future that the vast majority of Texans want.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Around 2050, the population of humans on this planet is expected to level out. At that time, there are expected to be about 50 million Texans. We need to be ready. The Fifty Million Texans project combines smart growth, inclusive regional planning, the paradigm shift in transportation planning, and modernizing local development codes into an equitable, sustainable vision for the future of the Texas metropolis. We are focusing on the Austin region for the first two years, and expect to replicate the entire campaign for each Texas metro region in the same manner over the next couple of decades. (Note: Map only lets us select 5 geographic areas, but for the purposes of this program, the Austin region also includes Burnet County)

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$0

The Texas Transportation decision making system has seven major decision making entities: the Governor and Legislature, the Texas Transportation Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation, the MPOs, Cities and counties, and local agencies like RMAs. All of these decision making points remain dominated by white men, but each functions in its own unique way. Certain private interests wield oversized impact on all these systems, most prominently sprawl developers, land speculators, and road builders. This odd structure does not seem to be delivering optimal decisions for the taxpayers, residents, and cost bearers of these decisions - such as low-income communities, the environment, and our economy.

Population(s) Served
Females
Minorities
Budget
$0

Where we work

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We work in the field of Texas public policy changing public opinion, improving data collection, analysis, and interpretation, defining feasible policy options, and empowering the people of Texas to obtain the quality of life they deserve. Our major programs at this time are Vision Zero Texas, Growing Weirder, One Thousand Texans for Transit, and Decide Texas. We want to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Texas. To get there, we want every city, county, metropolitan planning organization in Texas and the state itself to have a Vision Zero Action Plan to end traffic deaths. We want to dramatically increase funding for transit in Texas, through dedicated state funding for transit in our major metros and local options for regional safe, multimodal transportation plans. We want less than 50% single occupant vehicle commute share by 2050. We want humans to get to live in Texas metropolitan regions forever, which requires Regional Transportation Plans optimized for future growth scenarios that are sustainable and equitable, along with local land development code reform. We want The voting members of the various entities of the Texas transportation decision making system generally represent the socioeconomics of the people of Texas and every kid could to have the potential make their way to every position of power in Texas.

We don’t want ten people to die every day in the Texas transportation system. Safe speed policy, comprehensive safety measures, & structural changes to how we approach transportation planning & funding is at stake if we seize this opportunity. Solving this crisis is complex & requires a thoughtful openness followed by action from governments & communities across the state. To achieve our goals for Vision Zero Texas, we will engage the following strategies: - Share our ideas through social media, publications, & other outlets like Streetblog Texas. - Engage in the Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan & other state processes. - Build the Vision Zero Texas Catalyst Network of local leaders across the state. - Maintain an independent analytical research & storytelling entity. Around 2050, the population of humans on this planet is expected to level out. By then, we need to be ready for about 50 million Texans. The Fifty Million Texans project combines smart growth, inclusive regional planning, the paradigm shift in transportation planning, & modernizing local development codes into an equitable, sustainable vision for the future of the Texas metropolis. We are focused on Austin for two years, & will replicate the campaign for each metro region. To achieve our goals for 50 Million Texans, we will: - Speak maps to power, gather & disseminate useful data and research. - Explain complex public policy issues in meaningful stories for the general public. - Empower citizens & elected officials to dramatically shift regional vision and policies. - Make the case for a dramatic shift to inclusive, walkable urban development. The Texas Transportation decision making system has seven major decision making entities: the Governor and Legislature, the Texas Transportation Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation, the MPOs, Cities & counties, & local agencies like RMAs. All of these decision-making points remain dominated by white men. This structure does not seem to be delivering optimal decisions for the taxpayers, residents, & cost-bearers of these decisions such as low-income communities, the environment, & the economy. To achieve our goals for Decide Texas, we will: - Document how equitable representation & better information can make Texas decision-making more efficient. - Continue to build basic research on disparate impacts & data on representation. - Present the story of Decide Texas to groups across Texas, including the legislature. Texas needs to find a way to dedicate funding to public transportation, & to ensure that all we are most efficiently using our existing funding to provide the most benefits to the most Texans. To achieve our goals for 1,000 Texans for Transit, we will: - Work with the legislature - Work with neighborhoods, cities, counties, & regions - Analyze transit ideas & solutions & make them stronger - Spread ideas & solutions

We are a small nonprofit that does very big things, through collaborations across the state, unique research and communications strategies, and our vertical and horizontal integration across Texas public policy arenas. Vertically, we work at all levels of government and community, including city, county, MPO, and state governments in Texas and collaborating with neighborhood groups to international nonprofits. Horizontally, we work across many related policy arenas and bring expertise across silos, primarily focused on transportation, urban planning, sustainability, and equity.

Vision Zero Texas has the following two-year goals: - At least ten additional Texas governments begin or adopt Vision Zero Action Plans [2 added, up to 4] - At least one of our legislative proposals is signed into law [Vision Zero bill actually completed by TXDOT] - At least three Texas governments launch slow zones pilots in earnest - At least one Texas government adopts comprehensive safe design speed systematically [Done] - TXDOT’s 2020 Unified Transportation Program better prioritizes safety [Done] - Secure sufficient funding to launch Texas Families for Safe Streets respectfully - Host the Texas Vision Zero Summit, starting in Spring 2020 50 Million Texans has the following two-year goals: - Produce an alternative growth scenario in GIS with meaningful policy proposals - Open and iterative, public research through events, publications, and partnerships with diverse entities across the region - Analysis of transportation options given different growth scenarios - Foster the creation of an Equitable Transit Oriented Development Fund for the Austin region in partnership with governments, foundations, and other nonprofits. - Comprehensive, equitable rewrite of the City of Austin land development code - Develop the Texas Pocket Park Conservancy proposal - Codify the processes for 50 Million Texans to be replicated across the state Decide Texas has the following two-year goals: - Present to at least ten groups with at least one in each of the five largest metro areas - Develop strategy for achieving the goals of Decide Texas with partners from across the state - Develop a funding strategy for the Texas Transportation Camp - Find a supporter to speak in public comment to every single MPO in Texas on this issue 1,000 Texans for Transit has the following two-year goals: - The Texas legislature takes some action allowing increased funding for transit in Texas - Grow to at least 500 members - Contacts from our members to a majority of the members of the House & Senate - Analyze baseline data on access, funding, ridership, potential for improvement statewide - Localized reports for each major metro delivered to legislators, local elected officials

Some of the victories that Farm&City has significantly contributed in our first two years: - TXDOT adoption of safe systems approach. - Texas Transportation Commission adoption of a zero fatality goal. - Texas Transportation Commission doubling safety funding with an additional $300 million a year. - Austin's Capital Metro adding Pleasant Valley back into Project Connect – now proposed as a BRT lite line – based on our equity research. - Travis County changing its system for appointing representatives to commissions, such as the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, in reaction to our report on equity issues with CAMPO representation. - City of Austin adoption of a comprehensive speed management program. - The City of Laredo adopting Vision Zero. - The City of Houston adopting Vision Zero. - The Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan includes meaningful speed management, Vision Zero, and multimodal features. - Capital Metro moved forward with Cap ReMap, providing greater access to bus transit for people across Austin, including greater access for people of color and low income residents. - The 2018 City of Austin bond includes $20 million for sidewalks and $15 million for Vision Zero. - CAMPO begins work on a Regional Safety Plan for the Austin region.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Farm&City

Board of directors
as of 10/7/2019
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Board chair

Toto Miranda

Benjamin DiPietro

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

smart growth, transit, complete streets, vision zero, health, equity, access, sustainability, climate change