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Stories by Chad Swiatecki

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Task force report recommends moving popular events to different parks

Parks facilities in East Austin are likely to become host sites for a variety of large events in the coming years as the city looks to reduce the event schedule at its major urban core parks.A move toward utilization of…

Friday, December 9, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

CodeNEXT could allow new music districts and creative spaces around Austin

Affordability – for both the city’s mostly lower-income artists and the venues and galleries where they work – will be the creative community’s biggest concern as Austin rolls out and gradually revises its CodeNEXT plan, a comprehensive rewrite of the…

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Medical school seeks solutions to boost community health

The Dell Medical School is on the lookout for ideas big and small that may improve the health of Austin’s vulnerable communities concentrated in East Austin.The school’s Center for Place-Based Initiatives (CPBI) put out the call for ideas and hopes to…

Friday, December 2, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Oversight committee discusses making city carbon-free by 2030

“Can Austin be a carbon-free energy city by 2030?” was one of the more prominent questions up for debate Wednesday as the City Council’s Energy Utility Oversight Committee got its first update on the 10-year road map for Austin Energy’s…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

New library cost could climb to $126 million with Council’s OK

City Council will consider what is hoped to be the final spending increase for the long-in-the-works Austin Central Library on Thursday, with the total price tag for the project set to fall somewhere just under $126.6 million.The agenda item asks…

Monday, November 28, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Virtual reality expected to help city attract billions in foreign investment

Through the use of virtual reality, the city of Austin is turning to the thriving local video game industry to help attract overseas investors and billions of dollars in new economic development money.The hope is that local developers can create…

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Armed with cash, group looks to encourage arts spaces among developers

The Austin Creative Alliance will step up its efforts to encourage developers to carve out arts spaces in Austin thanks to a gift that is expected to fuel a five-year push at City Hall and throughout the city.The group announced…

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Character, retention of businesses fuel expansion of Soul-y Austin

Though he works on the very same block, Josh Blaine had never been inside East Austin’s Vortex theater prior to attending a meeting of what is now the Manor Road Merchants Association. But as manager of the In.gredients neighborhood grocery…

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Creative summit spurs talk of arts bond

With growth and development touching every corner of Austin, and rents and property values increasing as a result, boosters in the local arts community want business and political leaders to think big about how to preserve creative spaces for years…

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

With 100,000 potential voters, Austin tech groups flex political muscle

Imagine 100,000 dormant, unengaged voters just waiting to be drawn into the Austin political scene.That’s the potential that a pair of local technology groups see in the Austin tech community, which they hope to get involved in the local and…

Friday, October 7, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Curfew relief in sight for Red River music venues

A handful of music venues along Red River Street between Sixth and 10th streets could soon have a later sound curfew for outdoor music.On Monday, the Music Commission unanimously passed an item that venue owners and other music boosters hope…

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Police body cam footage remains touchy subject as court case awaits

While the implementation of a planned deployment of body cameras on Austin Police Department officers is on hold until at least late November, city leaders and public accountability advocates are still working out the issue of how the city will…

Friday, September 23, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

City lands $10 million “minibond” agreement to save endangered music venues

The city of Austin will team up with private investors to save some of the city’s most iconic — and increasingly economically distressed — music venues through a new program announced prior to Thursday’s City Council meeting.Mayor Steve Adler announced the…

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

City on course to add 330 electric vehicles by 2020

The city of Austin’s vehicle fleet appears likely to see a large infusion of electric vehicles in the coming years, as part of the city’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. The target of Austin Energy and the fleet…

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin’s ‘big three’ parks to see fewer events

The number of festivals and large events at Austin’s highest-profile public parks could decrease in the coming years if City Council follows through on recommendations expected from the Parklands Events Task Force.Shifting usage away from the city’s “big three” parks…

Monday, September 19, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Saving Austin music with words, if not dollars

Of the many long looks, panel discussions and reports that have examined the fragile state of Austin’s music economy and culture over the past 18 months, few were as fortunately timed as last week’s guest lecture/panel event “The Crisis in…

Monday, September 12, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Special events could see added fees, scrutiny to lower city’s price tag

Organizers of many of the more than 800 special events held in Austin every year are likely to see increased costs and oversight in the years to come, especially for large-scale events that require street closures and place other significant…

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