Latest Headlines for Thursday, August 22

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Waller Creek parks system now called Waterloo Greenway

The $250 million system of parks planned for areas surrounding Waller Creek in downtown Austin will be known as the Waterloo Greenway going forward, following a naming ceremony held Wednesday at the headquarters of the conservancy in charge of developing…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Andrew Weber

At homelessness forum, Council members challenge fears and ‘urban myths’ about shelters, revised law

Austin’s mayor and members of City Council tried to allay fears about the city’s revised rules on homelessness and its push to expand shelter space, at a forum hosted by the Downtown Austin Alliance.The brunt of Wednesday’s discussion focused on…

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Mobility Committee advances push for safe railroad crossings

A long-standing concern with pedestrian and bicycle safety at railroad crossings has earned support from some City Council members, but questions about equity and process may temper hopes of swift improvements.Since October 2018, both the Bicycle Advisory Council and Pedestrian…

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Budget, tax hearings coming soon

Budget and tax rate season is upon us once again. As Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo told City Council at Tuesday’s work session, the city will hold three public hearings on the $4.2 billion budget, beginning today at…

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano
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TipSheet: City Council, 8.22.19

Today’s City Council meeting merits a special programming note. Though it is a regular meeting, Council will hear public testimony on the city budget starting at 1 p.m. and will complete that before returning to the rest of the agenda.…

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

North Lamar Mobile Home Park residents protest landlord negligence

The city of Austin has been working to tackle gentrification head-on through stabilizing mobile home parks throughout the city. This is one avenue to ensure that residents are able to stay, but there are other ways besides incongruent zonings and…