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Friday, April 19, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Yep. A lot more people have moved to Austin, the Census Bureau confirms.

New numbers out today from the U.S. Census Bureau confirm something you’ve definitely noticed or complained about in the last eight years: Austin is growing.But that growth isn’t confined to the Austin area.The data put Texas counties and metro areas…

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Proposed labor rule would mean gig economy workers in Texas can’t get unemployment benefits

The state’s labor regulator will meet this morning for a final vote on a controversial new rule on gig economy workers that opponents say will have far-reaching implications for workers going forward.The proposed rule from the Texas Workforce Commission would…

Friday, April 5, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin defends its short-term rental rules before Texas lawmakers

Austin’s rules on short-term rental units – advertised on apps and sites like Airbnb and HomeAway – are under fire at the Texas Capitol. House lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would override the city’s ban on properties…

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by Andrew Weber

The idea to bury I-35 has risen from the dead

“Cut and cap” – the idea for burying Interstate 35 in the downtown corridor and paving over that chasm to create green spaces or mixed-use development – is no longer in the rearview mirror.Congress for the New Urbanism, a nonprofit…

Friday, March 29, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Here are 3 ways state lawmakers could disrupt (or shore up) short-term rentals in Texas this session

For years, short-term rentals – the rooms, cottages, condos and homes on apps like Airbnb and HomeAway – have been the subject of lawsuits and hand-wringing on the part of regulators and people looking to rent out properties.Texas lawmakers haven’t…

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Homelessness in Austin increased 5 percent this year

Homelessness increased 5 percent in Austin over last year, according to the results of Ending Community Homelessness Coalition’s annual census. The survey, which was conducted overnight on Jan. 26 by about 500 volunteers, found 2,255 people experiencing homelessness on Austin…

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Andrew Weber

UT will use geofencing to limit e-scooter speed to 8 mph on campus this week

Riders using rented scooters on the 40 Acres will no longer be able to go faster than 8 mph, according to UT Austin.The university said Bird, Jump, Lyft and Lime’s e-scooters will have speed restrictions on the lion’s share of…

Friday, March 22, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Immigrants in Austin pay more taxes, have more spending power than in other large Texas cities

A new study shows immigrants have an outsized impact on Austin’s economy.Overall, 4.8 million immigrants in Texas paid $34.8 billion in taxes and had an economic footprint of $109.9 billion, according to an analysis of 2017 census data from the…

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Nearly 434,000 scooter rides were taken during SXSW 2019

Dockless scooters were the headliner in their first year at South by Southwest.City data show the scooters outpaced rentable dockless bikes during the festival, accounting for nearly 434,000 rides over the 10 days of SXSW – 12.3 percent of the…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City audit says Austin doesn’t effectively help people get out of homelessness – or measure progress

A new audit of the homelessness service providers in Austin says the city doesn’t always hold providers accountable.The report from the City Auditor found nine of the city’s largest contracts in 2017 met city benchmarks for service only about half…

Friday, February 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Good news: Fewer people moved to Austin in 2017. Bad news: It was still a lot of people.

Prepare to be shocked: People keep moving to Texas.A new Texas Realtors report looking at Census Bureau and U-Haul rental data found that more than half a million people relocated to the Lone Star State in 2017 – the second-highest number…

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin records first traffic death involving rented scooter

A 21-year-old scooter rider was killed in a crash last week, says the Austin Police Department. According to the department, it’s the first death related to a rented scooter in Austin.Police say Mark Sands was riding a Lime scooter on the…

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by Andrew Weber

New city agreement with ARCH would shift focus to housing

The Austin City Council will vote Thursday on renewing the contract for Front Steps, the operator of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. The new agreement could bring systemic changes to the city’s homeless shelter.One of those changes would…

Friday, January 25, 2019 by Andrew Weber

After years of declines, Cap Metro sees an increase in ridership

After years of declining ridership, Capital Metro’s ridership increased in 2018. The boost comes in a year that saw the transit operator’s largest overhaul of its bus system, known as Cap Remap, which affected more than half its lines.Overall, Capital…

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Texas wants to put more autonomous vehicles on the road

Like a mirage on a sun-beaten West Texas highway, the future of autonomous vehicles in Texas isn’t altogether clear. A new state effort hopes to clear up the prospect of an increasingly connected fleet of vehicles on the road.The Texas…

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Gus Garcia, the first elected Hispanic mayor of Austin, dies at 84

Gustavo “Gus” Garcia, a former Austin school board trustee, City Council member and the first elected Hispanic mayor of Austin, died early Monday surrounded by his family. He was 84.At a memorial service at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy,…

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Lawsuit challenging Austin’s move to rename Manchaca Road heads to trial

A lawsuit challenging the city of Austin’s decision to rename Manchaca Road will go to trial.The suit, brought by the group Leave Manchaca Alone, alleges the city didn’t properly inform residents and businesses ahead of a City Council vote to…

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Austin ISD budget document suggests consolidating 12 schools to cut costs

Facing a shortfall and declining enrollment, the Austin Independent School District is considering consolidating schools, among other options, to cut its deficit by as much as $55 million over the next few years.A budget document sent to the Austin school…

Friday, November 30, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Manchaca is (again) still Manchaca – for now

A Travis County district judge has hit pause on the city’s attempt to change Manchaca Road to Menchaca – again.Business owners from the group Leave Manchaca Alone sued to block the Austin City Council’s October decision to change the name…

Friday, November 16, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Council approves labor contract with police after a year without one

Officers with the Austin Police Department are getting a new labor contract.After nearly a year of negotiations, City Council members unanimously approved a four-year and $44.6 million contract between the city and the local police union. Police reform activists celebrated…

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