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Stories by Audrey McGlinchy

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

What’s the future of Austin’s East 12th Street? Ask these guys from Dallas.

Property ownership can be a stealth business, with land changing hands before anyone’s had time to notice.For the past four years, one North Texas company has quietly begun buying up property on E. 12th Street. Ironically, the company takes its…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Forty years after its fiery demise, a movie theater continues to be missed by East Austin

Ada Harden, 81, stands on a vacant lot at the corner of E. 12th and Salina Streets. While gravel and shorn grass crunch beneath her feet, she sees instead a maroon seat made of velvet and a wide screen where…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County tops list of jurisdictions declining immigration detainers

A new report suggests Travis County refused more federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants than any other law enforcement agency. The report from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is the first of what are promised to be weekly…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

After Uber and Lyft exit, local ride-hailing options stumble during first SXSW

Mel Roe was eating dinner Saturday night at Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in downtown Austin when she nearly threw her phone at the wall. Roe says the app of one of Austin’s six fledgling ride-hailing companies, Fasten, would not let her…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Affordability plan before Council emphasizes housing needs

City Council members are hoping to make good on promises to create a more affordable Austin. Or, at the very least, ratify a plan to.Council members will vote on an “affordability action plan” at their regular meeting Thursday. The measure,…

Friday, February 24, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Local interest groups gear up for a year of CodeNEXT talk

At the rear of the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library on E. Cesar Chavez Street, roughly 10 people gather in a meeting room. It looks like any classroom. There’s a white board at the back, unflattering lighting above,…

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Proposed residency for adults with autism in jeopardy

The future of a residential facility for adults with autism is in limbo after a vote by a city of Austin commission.Autism Center Austin’s proposed home is 40 acres of an 82-acre lot just south of FM 2222 in West…

Monday, February 20, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

When the loss of a historic home adds to much-needed housing stock

Reedy Spigner, 45, straddles a gray carpet strewn with empty glass bottles and pieces of tape – just some of the things left behind in a move. In front of him is an entire wall of windows. From there, he…

Friday, February 17, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Two adjacent East Austin streets, two tales of development

Danny Fowler stands in the middle of his driveway holding a vase full of red flowers.He is taking them to his neighbor, who lives just across the street, over the crest of the steep hill that cuts this East Austin…

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Capitol view corridors to compete at Council today

Stand atop the hill at the northeast corner of the Texas State Cemetery, and you’ll have a clear view of the Texas State Capitol. It rises alongside a row of trees, now leafless, and a Texas flag. That view, some…

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County explores ways to overcome funding cuts

Travis County raised nearly $90,000 as of Monday afternoon through an online initiative set up after Gov. Greg Abbott cut $1.5 million in grant funding over Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s new immigration policy. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) launched the fundraising…

Friday, February 3, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Updated: ‘Sanctuary City’ bill clears senate committee after 16 hours of public testimony

Texas lawmakers heard hours of public testimony Thursday and into early Friday morning over a bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities” in Texas, ultimately voting early this morning 7-2 -along party lines to send the bill to the full SenateTexas lawmakers…

Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Advocates, lawyers and immigrants respond to ‘sanctuary city’ threats

In response to promises from state and federal governments to knock out so-called “sanctuary cities” Wednesday, roughly 30 people crowded atop a rickety podium to announce their support of Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s immigration policy.At the local headquarters of…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Mayor sees collective effort in revitalizing east downtown

Just before the new year, Mayor Steve Adler wrote a lengthy post on the City Council Message Board, titled: “Possible solution to downtown puzzle.”He later said it wasn’t so much a puzzle, but that there were a lot of pieces…

Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Will Trump’s vow to cut funding for sanctuary cities affect Austin?

In a windowless office in a Northwest Austin thrift store, past several racks of high-end used clothing, Todd Logan pored over a list of names.“We had about 84 folks we were helping through our housing program,” he said. Logan is…

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Animal Services to take community-centered approach to lost pets

In some parts of Austin, runaway pets are likely to stay lost.That’s what an analysis by the city’s Animal Services Department has found. While roughly one animal for every 100 residents gets brought into a shelter citywide, three ZIP codes…

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council votes to fund immigration legal fees

Half a dozen posters depicting that British hit band the Beatles color the walls of Justin Estep’s office on Rutherford Lane in North Austin. It brings some levity to an otherwise tense space.“Anxiety … and just basic fear,” said Estep,…

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County Commissioners consider spending up to $14 million on legal review of DNA cases

The Travis County Commissioners Court considered options for how to handle a review of criminal cases potentially compromised by the local DNA lab. Run by the Austin Police Department, the lab shuttered its doors in June following an audit from…

Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council members consider ways to lower neighborhood speed limits

Testimony included talk of a birthday.“Ben turned 10 on Monday at a rehabilitation facility in Dallas,” Kathy Sokolic told members of the City Council Mobility Committee on Wednesday. As we’ve chronicled before, a car hit Sokolic’s nephew, Ben, outside his…

Monday, December 5, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Six months in, Vision Zero focuses on pedestrian safety

Holding back tears, Kathy Sokolic told roughly 30 people seated outside City Hall the story of a bruised heart.“On the evening of Sept. 12, our 9-year-old,” began Sokolic, before pausing to gather herself. “Our 9-year-old nephew, Ben, was hit by…

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