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Stories by Chad Swiatecki

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Live music proponents revive ‘agent of change,’ with eye toward fall

After it lay dormant since July, city leaders and music industry professionals are restarting the process that – it is hoped – will protect live music venues and nearby residential buildings from clashing over noise and general quality-of-life issues.Known as…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Soccer proponents abandon Butler Park, turn to alternate stadium sites

Owners of a Major League Soccer team hoping to move their club to Austin have turned their ambitions for a new stadium away from a controversial waterfront site.On Friday, Dave Greeley, president of Precourt Sports Ventures, issued a statement announcing…

Friday, January 26, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Science friction: Austin Democrats look at growing clash between politics and facts

Perhaps the key to fighting fake news claims and a growing resistance to scientific research in state and federal policy decisions comes down to teaching scientists and engineers how to tell jokes.The need for making scientific analysis accessible and relatable…

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Land trust and incentives for arts appear headed for Council

The creation of a land trust – a potential first for the city – is one of the tools City Council will consider next month in an attempt to keep artists and musicians from getting priced out of Austin. Council…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City parkland could vanish from soccer stadium consideration

A resolution is in the works that would remove two city parkland sites from consideration as possible locations for a proposed soccer stadium. Council Member Ann Kitchen is sponsoring the resolution, out of concern about and growing opposition to Butler…

Monday, January 22, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Bond session puts focus on neglect of East Austin infrastructure

Affordable housing, upkeep of parks and cultural centers, and assorted infrastructure projects were some of the more popular civic needs advocated for by residents Wednesday night in the third of a series of town hall forums on the bond package…

Friday, January 19, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Tech community tapped in move to rid city of paper

Paper-driven processes through Austin’s city government are on the way out with the announcement of a new collaboration with the city’s tech community. The partnership, announced Thursday, will see the city pair up with the Austin Tech Alliance and members…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Dispute continues over program to expand artists’ access to cultural centers

There appears to be little progress in a dispute between a group of Austin arts organizations who claim they’ve been mistreated and marginalized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in its work to expand operating hours and access at…

Friday, January 12, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Nonprofits pitching in on cultural land trust proposal

A group of Austin nonprofit organizations are working together on an effort that would see the city of Austin create a cultural land trust to buy and preserve properties around the city for use as theaters, studios, live music venues…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Commission: Add music venues in CodeNEXT to help clubs spread through city

The push is on to make live music venues a distinct business use case in the city’s building code, a move that music industry proponents hope will make it easier for music hot spots to emerge in neighborhoods throughout the…

Friday, December 22, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Affordability questions linger for businesses, residents in Austin economic forecast

Economists and business leaders expect Austin to see continued strong job growth and business activity in 2018, though more than a decade of rapid population growth may start to put downward pressure on hiring and new activity in the city’s…

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Memo outlines ‘downtown puzzle’ progress headed into 2018

Work on Mayor Steve Adler’s “downtown puzzle” policies package will be almost certainly put on hold until the spring when newly hired city manager Spencer Cronk will be able to study and work on how to execute the proposal.That was…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Unclear regulations and development top music venue concerns

Thursday’s summit with music venue owners and operators saw a bit of political scheduling serendipity.Among the many issues discussed by them and other music community stakeholders was the fact that that afternoon City Council was set to consider a resolution…

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Survey, memo suggest progress on soccer stadium

Tuesday saw two notable developments in the possible move of a Major League Soccer team to Austin, with a downtown park making the cut as a possible site for the team’s stadium.The first happening was the release of the results…

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Kitchen to take up city efforts to preserve music, arts venues

Council Member Ann Kitchen has started work on a resolution that will direct city staff to examine ways for the city to step up and help prevent music venues, small community theaters and other creative spaces from being priced out…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Stadium proposal renews talk of hotel taxes for Expo Center revamp

Travis County officials appear ready to push for some of Austin’s growing pool of Hotel Occupancy Tax money to be used to pay for an ambitious expansion of the Travis County Exposition Center site, which is also where a group…

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Commission wants live music venues specified in CodeNEXT

Austin city staff and live music industry stakeholders are working to add a “live music venue” use case designation to CodeNEXT, the city’s in-process building code that will determine how Austin grows over the next two-plus decades. If approved for…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Leaders say Austin’s Amazon hopes hang on transit, permitting issues

While Amazon executives take the next few months or more to pick the location for a massive new second headquarters, Austin real estate and business leaders hope the national audition process has caused local leaders to think about much-needed improvements…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Building heights, regulations among CodeNEXT concerns at RECA lunch

Builders and other leaders in the Austin housing industry hope the release of the third draft of the city’s CodeNEXT planning document later this month will alleviate the confusion and contradictory objectives they say have plagued the first two drafts.That…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

MLS team’s ambitions cast shadow over Austin’s other soccer hopefuls

The possibility of the Major League Soccer club from Columbus, Ohio, relocating to Austin has brought attention to other lower-profile but still ambitious soccer-related projects in the area. And one of the central questions surrounding Columbus Crew ownership group Precourt…

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