Austin architect, civic leader Black ensnared in legal battle over balcony collapse

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On a Texas summer night more than six years ago, Lou Ann Smith and Karen Gravley stepped onto the third-story balcony of an Inks Lake home they were visiting.

The balcony collapsed beneath them, broke away from the house and sent the women plummeting more than 20 feet to the ground. The balcony, weighing an estimated 3,000 pounds, was attached to the house with 3