Stories by Chad Swiatecki

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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