Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Monday, April 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: District 1 candidate Natasha Harper-Madison

This week, Natasha Harper-Madison joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about why she’s running for City Council’s District 1 seat and what led her into local politics. To hear her take on local issues,…

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission drills down on CodeNEXT

As the final draft of CodeNEXT inches ever closer to City Council, city commissions are compiling their recommendations in preparation. This week, the Historic Landmark Commission took a look at the third draft of the Land Development Code rewrite at…

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Grove PUD plan postponed

The Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development was back at City Hall for a moment this week. This time, the Zoning and Platting Commission postponed approval of its preliminary plan, with some commissioners citing unanswered questions about the plan,…

Monday, April 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Eastside demo moves quietly forward

East Austin is losing another home to demolition. The demolition moved forward without a fight at the Historic Landmark Commission, where Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky noted he had put the item on the agenda because “I didn’t want to…

Monday, April 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Dockless bike share

What is dockless bike share? Is it coming to Austin? City of Austin active transportation manager Laura Dierenfield and bike share program manager David Orr join Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to answer those questions and…

Friday, March 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Five new demolition permits released for Old West Austin homes

A modified plan for five homes in the West Line Historic District moved forward at the Historic Landmark Commission on Monday night, but it required a leap of faith on the part of commissioners.Originally, five demolitions were part of a single…

Monday, March 19, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Parking and … other … concerns

Still hanging around… We have it to thank for our intimate knowledge of celebrities’ lunches, Capital Metro’s train delays and the president’s spontaneous thoughts, so why not also give Twitter pre-emptive credit for helping to establish a working urban cable…

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is a historic district on the way for Travis Heights?

If at first, second or third you don’t succeed, try something smaller. That might prove the key to a Travis Heights historic district.A local historic district has long been in the works for the South Central Austin neighborhood. For more…

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Court upholds majority of ‘sanctuary cities’ law

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Senate Bill 4 can remain in effect for the time being. Tuesday’s decision will allow the so-called “sanctuary cities” law to take effect while the case against it plays out.However,…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: CodeNEXT Draft 3

In this week’s show, Planning and Zoning Director Greg Guernsey and Assistant Director Jerry Rusthoven sit down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the third draft of CodeNEXT. This is the final draft of…

Friday, March 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council denies reappointment of five judges

Who judges the judges? On Thursday, it was City Council. Though there was very little dissent on the dais about a recommendation that left five judges without appointments, the public testimony that preceded Council’s vote was critical and, at times,…

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Judicial Committee recommends against reappointment of five judges

City Council’s Judicial Committee acted in swift unity Monday morning, voting unanimously to recommend a slate of Municipal Court judge appointments that did not include five sitting judges. The vote came after a change in the recommendation process and increased…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Roses are red, violets are blue

He who speaks the loudest wins… During a discussion about a proposed public voucher program last Monday, it appeared that two camps were forming among the commissioners of the Charter Review Commission. There were those who lauded the equity promised…

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We’ve made haranguements

Save Our Strings… Could the city be moving toward declaring musicians as an endangered species? Not yet, but at last week’s meeting of the Austin Music Commission there was a good deal of talk about declaring the city’s music culture…

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Publisher Mike Clark-Madison

This week, incoming Austin Monitor publisher Mike Clark-Madison sits down with Monitor editor Elizabeth Pagano and freelancer Caleb Pritchard to talk about why he took the job, who he is and what he has in mind for our future. We…

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin ADU stalled at BoA

Over the past few years, the city has worked to make it easier to build accessory dwelling units. But, despite a chorus of those who tout the addition of a small secondary home as a way for homeowners to capitalize…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Proposed demolitions rattle Old West Austin

At the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, neighbors showed up in force to protest the prospect of demolishing a swath of homes in the heart of Old West Austin.The five demolitions are all part of a single…

Friday, January 12, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Whellan joins Armbrust & Brown

Today, Armbrust & Brown PLLC announced that attorney Michael Whellan, who is a former president and shareholder of Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody will be joining their firm on Jan. 15.It’s a big change for Whellan, who is well-known at…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Former Council Member Laura Morrison to run against Adler for mayor

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has his first official challenger in the race for mayor in November.Former City Council Member Laura Morrison announced in an email Monday that she will run against Adler for the city’s top elected position.“I’m running for…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission pushes for full preservation of Rosewood Courts

This year, a plan to preserve and redevelop Rosewood Courts will be making its way through City Hall. After more than two years of work, advocates for the plan hope that they have struck a compromise between modernizing the property…

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