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Stories by Audrey McGlinchy

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

We collected your CodeNEXT fears. And then tried to fact-check them.

Nearly 100 people crammed into a back room of a South Austin lodge to hear Mayor Steve Adler tackle some boring stuff.Made up mostly of members of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association, the audience sat in cushioned beige chairs looking…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Rents rise despite new housing keeping pace with growth, study finds

Developers that want to build low-income housing in wealthier neighborhoods should engage more with neighborhood groups to convince them of the merits of affordable housing.That’s one recommendation in a study published today by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank.The…

Friday, September 15, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Second draft of CodeNEXT allows more housing in more places, city says

Austin is releasing a second draft of CodeNEXT, the city’s rewrite of its Land Development Code, today.“We are really excited about the new draft coming out,” Peter Park of Opticos Design, a consultant hired by the city, told City Council…

Friday, September 8, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Harvey ‘washed us back home’: Is Austin too expensive for those relocating after Harvey?

Wendy Rivera sat in a metal folding chair outside the shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees in Southeast Austin. She shared a 44-ounce convenience store soda with her husband, Ramiro. Ramiro, tall, soft-spoken and tattooed, used his body and a white…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

How one immigrants’ rights group is preparing for ‘sanctuary cities’ law

Candelario Vazquez, 34, stood in front of a 20-person audience. None of the adults and children, some of them squirming in their hard plastic chairs, asked to be in his audience.“Good morning, friends,” said Vazquez, who works for the immigrants’…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Regulation Vacation: City collects taxes from unlawful Airbnbs

Becca Dobberfuhl has a name for her Bouldin Creek home.“It’s all this rusty, rusty, rusty color,” she said. “And the house is a modern house and it has a box-like look to it so we call it the ‘Rusty Box.’”Users…

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

A Council member wants to officially rename Robert E. Lee Road. What would it take to do it?

Following a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville over the weekend, Austin City Council Member Greg Casar is calling for the renaming of Robert E. Lee Road in South Austin and Jeff Davis Avenue in North Austin.Over the weekend, someone…

Monday, August 7, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Mayor Adler wants a task force on gentrification. We’ve had plenty of those.

For five weeks in 2001, Karen Paup spent her afternoons with other Austin residents talking about the city’s changing east side. The group included a pastor, a developer and a now-professor at New York University.“We shared anecdotes, we looked at…

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Budget proposal would raise Austin property taxes, increase permitting capacity

Austin homeowners could see higher property tax bills next year.Under the city’s proposed $3.9 billion budget, most residents with a median-value home ($305,510) would pay an additional $118 in property taxes compared to last year. Utility fees would rise, too…

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas lawmakers may alter property tax collection. But how does it even work?

During a recent committee hearing on a property tax bill, a state lawmaker made an unusual comment: He praised Travis County.“Travis County has the best record on reducing tax rate,” said state Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), the author of Senate…

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

B-cycle is expanding. So why are all the new stations near downtown?

B-cycle, Austin’s bike-share system, recently added three new stations as part of an 18-station build up over the next 18 months. All of these new stations will be close to or in downtown, adding to the company’s existing 51 docks.An…

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

As city debates how to keep the peace, an expert explains how to keep things quiet

City Council members have delayed a vote on the so-called “agent of change” proposal, which would establish rules aimed at easing tensions between neighbors and music venues over amplified sound. An early version of the rules asked both new businesses…

Friday, June 16, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council nixes daytime juvenile curfew, extends late-night curfew through summer

City Council Thursday decided to nix the city’s 27-year-old daytime juvenile curfew, extending instead the city’s nighttime curfew for young people until Oct. 1. At that time, members expect to have a report back on alternatives to a criminal curfew…

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Here’s what we learned about requests from ICE to pick up Travis County inmates

Drunken driving. Property theft. Possession of a controlled substance.These are some of the crimes for which the Travis County Sheriff’s Office did not honor requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain suspected undocumented immigrants past their sentences or…

Friday, May 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Is ‘missing middle’ housing still missing from CodeNEXT?

Jake Wegmann, an assistant professor of housing and real estate at the University of Texas, stood on the sidewalk in Mueller, a large mixed-use development on the site of Austin’s old airport. He pointed across the street to a string…

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

What is ‘missing middle’ housing?

Annette Naish used to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, traveling across the U.S. responding to natural disasters.“I found out that in this country there are some of the most wonderful people in the history of the Western world,”…

Monday, May 8, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s inaugural artist-in-residence takes up her post

Rehab El Sadek marries silly and sober. Take her outfit: a colorfully patterned turtleneck atop a stern dark skirt. Her straight, black hair in low pigtails. Glasses.And while her paintings and prints dot the walls throughout the home she rents…

Friday, May 5, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

How does Texas’ ‘sanctuary cities’ bill stack up against Arizona’s ‘show me your papers’ law?

City Council Member Greg Casar sat on the floor, his back blocking one of the two main entrances to a state building on the Capitol grounds. He’d taken a seat as part of a sit-in Monday to protest Senate Bill…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Sanctuary cities debate revolves around ICE detainers. But what are they?

Members of the Texas House of Representatives today will consider Senate Bill 4, popularly coined the “sanctuary cities” bill. The practices of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office have been heralded as a reason to pass this bill – one that…

Monday, April 24, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Activists weigh in on police contract as city begins negotiations

As the city of Austin moves forward with the renegotiation of its public safety contracts, local activists are asking for several changes to the city’s contract with the local police union. The contract, which is negotiated every couple of years,…

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