Austin American Statesman – Apartment walkway collapse could lead to tougher code enforcement

Five months after a walkway collapsed at the Wood Ridge Apartments, little progress has been made on repairs at the Southeast Austin property, and community leaders say the city is allowing slumlords to go unchecked in low-income neighborhoods.

With another apartment building in the same area evacuated last month, city officials say they want to toughen code enforcement efforts at aging, multifamily complexes by actively inspecting properties and working with owners to improve safety conditions. But skeptics say the efforts don’t have real teeth.

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