The City Council has not been tested on the VMU ordinance until now. The first few neighborhood opt-out applications respected the VMU "bargain": allow density on the transit corridors; relieve the development pressure on neighborhood interiors.
But now Council must confront real neighborhood intransigence. Hyde Park, Judges Hill, and East MLK have asked to opt nearly all of their eligible tracts out of the VMU district. (M1EK's scathing reaction to the Hyde Park application is worth a read. I analyzed Zilker's VMU application here.)