Stories by Jack Craver

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Jack Craver

A new vision for Brush Square Park

City officials believe that Brush Square Park, home of the O. Henry Museum, the Susanna Dickinson Museum and Austin Fire Station 1, has the potential to be a downtown gem. As it stands, however, it is an inefficiently used piece…

Friday, January 18, 2019 by Jack Craver

City hopes 10-foot fence will deter crime on Red River

The city of Austin is inching toward a “short-term” solution to a downtown alleyway that police and business owners say has become a magnet for criminal activity.Drug dealing, prostitution and human waste are frequent issues in the alley between Beerland…

Friday, January 18, 2019 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy tries to encourage Austinites to buy electric cars

Last week, the city of Austin was awarded a coveted $2.5 million grant from a foundation funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pursue a number of environmental initiatives focused on energy efficiency and green transportation.While the Transportation…

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by Jack Craver

IndyAustin PAC will not be involved in stadium battle

Linda Curtis, the Bastrop-based activist best known for gathering signatures for various citizen initiatives in Austin, has disbanded a political action committee linked to her advocacy group, IndyAustin.The group will continue to engage in advocacy, Curtis said in an interview…

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by Jack Craver

Legal questions swirl around soccer stadium petition

The organizers of an initiative aimed at stopping the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium in North Central Austin say that the city must hold an election on the matter in May, despite contrary claims from city attorneys.Last week,…

Friday, January 11, 2019 by Jack Craver

City proposes new demolition rules

In response to an audit last year that identified a number of problems in the city’s demolition permitting process, the Development Services Department has recommended a number of changes aimed at streamlining the process and ensuring safety.The recommendations were included…

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by Jack Craver

City employee forced out for using city computer for food trucks

A city employee has been fired after city auditors accused him of using his city computer to manage two food trucks that he owns. For his part, the employee claims that he is being treated unfairly and that his mistakes…

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 by Jack Craver

Adler calls on Council to do ‘big things,’ Garza elected mayor pro tem

Mayor Steve Adler began his new four-year term on an optimistic note, saying that the city is “poised to get some really big things done” when it comes to addressing Austin’s major challenges, notably housing and transportation.Adler, along with two…

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 by Jack Craver

North Austin neighborhood group doesn’t want more renters

A family seeking to sell roughly 30 acres of undeveloped property in North Austin won approval last month from the Zoning and Platting Commission for a zoning change that will allow the land to be developed into over 130 homes,…

Monday, January 7, 2019 by Jack Craver

Traffic concerns for proposed Braker Lane development give Zoning Commission pause

At the corner of Braker Lane and Dessau Road sits an oddly shaped 0.9-acre parcel of land that has been the subject of at least two heated zoning disputes.In mid-2016, the owner of 1308 E. Braker Lane, Sinh Tron Le,…

Friday, January 4, 2019 by Jack Craver

Arbitrator rules against city contractor in home repair case

An independent arbitrator has ruled in favor of a homeowner who accused a contractor hired by the city of not doing the necessary work to repair her home and ultimately leaving her house in worse shape than it was originally.Suzanne…

Friday, December 28, 2018 by Jack Craver

Paige Ellis represents sharp political shift for Southwest Austin’s District 8

Paige Ellis, the incoming City Council member for District 8, has very different political views from her predecessor, Ellen Troxclair, who spent the last two years as the only Republican on Council.Ellis, who made her affiliation with the Democratic Party…

Friday, December 28, 2018 by Jack Craver

Alison Alter relishes academic approach to government

Two years into her tenure on City Council, District 10 Council Member Alison Alter said she remains focused on the reasons she ran for the seat against former Council Member Sheri Gallo.“I didn’t run as a political insider, nor because…

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Jack Craver

Ann Kitchen focused on ‘fixing people’s problems’

City Council Member Ann Kitchen is the first member of the 10-1 Council to win re-election unopposed.“I was surprised,” Kitchen said of her lack of opponent in this year’s election. “But I was certainly happy about that. I’m pleased that…

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Jack Craver

Flannigan reflects on ‘crazy, crazy year’

Council Member Jimmy Flannigan believes City Council had a lot more to deal with in 2018 than it should have.Council welcomed a new city manager, found new chiefs for the police and fire departments, engaged in an extended dispute with…

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by Jack Craver

Greg Casar optimistic but ready to fight in 2019

Council Member Greg Casar has a lot of good things to say about 2018.“In January we laid out a set of goals,” he said, referring to his staff. “We accomplished all of the big priorities.”“Even though we’re under state leadership…

Friday, December 21, 2018 by Jack Craver

Harper-Madison wants more housing, transportation options for District 1

Above all else, Natasha Harper-Madison, the incoming City Council member for District 1, wants to use her new platform to connect more people to the decisions made every day at City Hall.The campaign Harper-Madison waged for the Council seat over…

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council gives initial approval for plan to transform Sekrit Theater

At its Dec. 13 meeting, City Council unanimously approved a zoning change that will transform Sekrit Theater into a community of small, eclectic houses.“I just want to be creative and build something I can be proud of and that my…

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Jack Craver

Old UT Co-op may become medical offices

The former University Co-op building on the corner of Medical Arts and Dean Keeton streets may soon be home to doctors’ offices and banks after City Council voted to rezone the property to allow medical uses and financial services.Following a recommendation…

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council hopes to reduce car use with two initiatives

At its last meeting of the year Thursday, City Council approved two measures aimed at encouraging people to get out of their cars.One item, crafted by Council Member Delia Garza, instructs the city manager to put together a working group…

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