City seeks input on Guadalupe improvements amid safety concerns

Guadalupe St. through the UT campus (Mark Batchelder, KXAN).

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A public meeting is asking for the community to share their ideas for improving the Guadalupe Street corridor.

City leaders want the public’s input on their improvement program from mobility to safety and the quality of life on The Drag. The meeting is Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University Presbyterian Church located at 2203 San Antonio St.

Daniel Scott March
Daniel Scott March (Austin Police Department)

The University of Texas community, located along Guadalupe, has questioned safety in the area after a spike in the homeless population. A woman and police officer were assaulted by a homeless man on May 4 near UT on Guadalupe and West 34th Street. According to the woman, she was walking along Guadalupe when she was hit on the head “without provocation” by homeless man Daniel Scott March. When officers approached the man, he punched the officer in the face before being tackled to the ground and taken into custody.

UT Police have noted a spike in the homeless population on Guadalupe trespassing onto the University campus. In 2015, a homeless man reportedly entered a classroom armed with a knife “glaring” at students.

“Ever since last summer we started noticing an uptick in the number of homeless folks moving in the area–that brought in a whole other dynamic,” said UTPD Chief David Carter.

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