Bill Would Rename Stretch of I-35 in Austin, Texas, “Steve Adler Public Restroom Highway”

Area beneath I-35 overpass in downtown Austin overrun by homeless dedicated to liberal Mayor Steve Adler.

A new bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives seeks to rename a small stretch of interstate I-35 in Austin to “Steve Adler Public Restroom Highway,” in honor of the area overtaken by homeless people as a result of the mayor’s liberal policies.

The new designation, affecting downtown Austin from 4th to 11th avenue, would serve as a reminder to Texans to stand up to the radical left’s liberal agenda, according to the bill’s author, Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City).

“Liberal legacies deserve to be recognized,” Rep. Slaton said in a statement to TheTexan.news, calling out the Austin city council and mayor.

“Since the legislature has made it clear it intends to rename some highways and bridges this session, I think it’s imperative that we start with a highway that truly recognizes the contributions of Mayor Adler.”

Slaton’s bill addresses fallout from a 2019 ordinance passed by the mostly Democrat Austin City Council, which made it legal for homeless people to camp on the streets of Austin.

“Texans who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it, and with renaming the highway we will ensure that citizens of the Texas capital never forget the legacy of failed liberal policies,” Slaton says.

The bill, H.B. No 2471, would “erect a marker at each end of the highway” designating it as the Steve Adler Public Restroom Highway.

Since passage of the ordinance in July 2019, countless homeless encampments have cropped up all over Austin, turning the once-great Texas capitol into a hellhole reminiscent of liberal cities on the West Coast like Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.

As TheTexan.News notes, the area under I-35 is all about location for homeless people: “Greenspaces underneath I-35 overpasses are prime locations for homeless camps. They’re public grounds, walking distance from downtown, and premium real estate for panhandling.”

The ordinance has led to trash-filled highways and homeless people urinating and defecating “wherever they want,” according to Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas), with the city providing port-a-potty restroom facilities for certain camps as taxpayers foot the bill.

Austin residents could have a chance to vote on a reinstatement of the ban on homeless camping this year if it appears on a special election ballot in May.


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