Stories by Chad Swiatecki

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music commissioners push ACL Fest promoters for more local involvement, equity

Members of the Music Commission appear to have opened the door for a partnership between the city and local concert promotion giant C3 Presents to feature more Austin musicians at Austin City Limits Fest and other festivals run by the…

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music advocates seen as key in defeat of Proposition B

Updated: 12:20 a.m.: Austin voters have defeated a ballot measure that sought to restructure how the city spends its Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue, and would have forced a public vote on a proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center. The…

Friday, November 1, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

‘Statesman’ site moves forward while staffers work on financing, governance for district

City staff has offered the first round of comments and requests for more information on the redevelopment plans for the 18.9 acres of waterfront property currently occupied by the Austin American-Statesman, with the site seen as the centerpiece of the…

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Auditor finds ballot petitioners in Austin have it easier than most other cities

A statewide analysis of election regulations finds that Austin is one of the easiest cities in Texas to place a ballot measure in front of voters, with the city’s growing population making it easier every year.A report released earlier this…

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts Commission shares concerns amid increased creative space funding

The city’s expanded program to assist local creative spaces with rent and capital expenses came under criticism from members of the Arts Commission last week.During a presentation on the recommended recipients of the Creative Space Assistance Program, commission members said…

Friday, October 25, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

For projects green or gray, developers and conservancies seek common ground

While discussing the often overlooked role of local conservancies and green infrastructure nonprofits, Hill Country Conservancy CEO George Cofer told a room full of local developers that they need to cooperate and look up from their balance sheets to ensure…

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

‘Domain on Riverside’ developers agree to house 100 homeless residents in existing apartments

In response to more than a year of criticism and concerns tied to gentrification in East Austin, the developer of a proposed massive mixed-use project on East Riverside Drive has agreed to provide housing for up to 100 homeless residents…

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Memo suggests expanding Palm School plan to include Waller Creek, medical district

The city’s Planning and Zoning Department has recommended greatly expanding the scope of revitalization plans focused around the Palm School property, to include the entirety of the Waterloo Greenway project and more of the downtown core.The change suggested would include…

Monday, October 14, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Task force to recommend uses for hotel tax money for music industry

With millions of dollars from the city’s hotel tax expected soon to be available for use by the local music industry, the Music Commission is forming a task force to advise City Council on the best way to use those…

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Report gives Council options for equity in funding for chambers of commerce

An analysis of city funding of four minority-based chambers of commerce has offered recommendations for City Council and staff on how to adjust those annual contributions in the coming years to make them more equitable.A report released last week by…

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

SXSW economic impact grows to new high of $355.9 million

The South by Southwest festivals created an economic impact of $355.9 million this year, an increase of about $5.3 million or about 1.5 percent from the $350.6 million figure generated last year.In its annual report using data analyzed from Greyhill…

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

With eye on transit decisions, nonprofit wants to amplify marginalized voices

For the second time in a week, a group organized around one of Austin’s key civic issues has made a public bow with the goal of empowering traditionally overlooked communities. People United for Mobility Action, or PUMA, held its public…

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board tries to negotiate impasse over use of Republic Square

Managers of the weekly farmers market that has taken place at Republic Square since 2003 have expressed frustration that the Downtown Austin Alliance’s use of the space for special events has started to negatively impact some of the more than…

Friday, September 27, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Adler, others on Council want staff to lead on homelessness; DAA says city at ‘tipping point’

Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members Jimmy Flannigan and Paige Ellis weighed in Wednesday and Thursday with their views that the city manager, leaders from the Austin Police Department and the city’s new homeless strategy officer should determine how…

Friday, September 27, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Early data suggests progress on city, county workforce development goals

Some early returns on the two-year workforce development plan unveiled by city and county leaders in 2017 suggest progress is being made at improving the earning power of the area’s residents who are living in poverty.Those findings were among the…

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Pushing land use equity, new coalition looks to build new activists around city policies

A cross section of local social justice and housing activists have joined the four Council members representing the city’s Eastern Crescent communities to advocate for more equity and inclusion of people of color in the city’s housing plans.The group, known…

Monday, September 23, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Boundary change puts landfill site under Travis County’s watch

City Council voted Thursday to change the boundaries of its extraterritorial jurisdiction, in essence giving up regulation of more than 800 acres that includes the controversial Austin Community Landfill property.By a unanimous vote, Council approved an ordinance change amending the…

Monday, September 23, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council approves $3M annually from hotel tax for musicians, venues

For the first time, Austin’s city government will provide direct annual funding to the local commercial music industry, including venues and performing musicians.On Thursday, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance and amendments to city code covering the allocation of the…

Monday, September 23, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Notebook: When the personal is political

What started out as a reporter’s normal trip to East Austin to cover the Arts Commission became something of an adventure that provided an unexpected look at an accessibility issue in some of the city’s newer office spaces.Monitor reporter Chad…

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts Commission eyes MACC-Palm School link in supporting city’s push for preservation

The Austin Arts Commission has signed on in support of the city’s goal of preserving the Palm School property as a historic cultural facility, in a nod to the ongoing negotiations with Travis County for ownership of the downtown site.The…

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