Stories by Ryan Thornton

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Faulk Library renovation opens conversation on Downtown Community Court

The Austin History Center downtown is ready to expand into the first floor of the adjacent John H. Faulk Library, but the building needs some work.City Council will consider a contract for design services Thursday to get the ball rolling…

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Housing at odds with parkland and open space in code rewrite

The city’s well-established reputation as a land of abundant green spaces collided with its lack of housing supply last week as City Council debated amendments to the draft Land Development Code.At stake were city requirements for open spaces and parkland…

Friday, February 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

With second vote, Council advances draft land use code

While City Council has not arrived at a consensus on the draft Land Development Code, members began a conversation that could lead in that direction during Council’s second reading this week.Before Council approved the draft on second reading in a…

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Public speaks on land use code second draft

City Council opened the floor to public comment Tuesday, leading up to its second reading on the revised draft of the Land Development Code.In total, there were 65 speakers, most of whom voiced objections of some sort to the proposed…

Monday, February 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

South Austin industrial site approved for mixed-use residential

Industrial Boulevard in South Austin is a historically industrial area on its way to becoming a lively residential and commercial neighborhood. City Council opened the door to further transformation of the area Thursday by approving a mixed-use zoning request at…

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council responds to code second draft

City Council took a few hours Tuesday afternoon to respond to the second draft of the revised Land Development Code in light of a new zoning map, a recalibrated density bonus program and reduced overall housing capacity.Last Friday, Jan. 31,…

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro to modernize information delivery with onboard displays

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will soon outfit 67 local service buses with 29-inch wide-screen digital displays, initiating a new era of dynamic passenger information delivery.Last week, the agency’s board of directors unanimously approved a contract with Clever Devices, a…

Monday, February 3, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Advocates host discussion on what makes good transit

November’s transportation bond hasn’t taken shape yet, but is likely to feature the largest public transit investment residents have ever been asked to consider.In light of that, transit advocates and grassroots organizations hosted a talk Wednesday with Christof Spieler, engineer…

Friday, January 31, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Oakwood Cemetery chapel report soon to be released

After years of anticipation, the Parks and Recreation Department has finalized its report on the East Austin Oakwood Cemetery chapel restoration project. The two-volume report will soon be delivered to the Texas Historical Commission for review.The city received the first…

Thursday, January 30, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Real Estate Council warns of potential land use code pitfalls

Members of the Real Estate Council of Austin believe their input was largely ignored when the city made its last major attempt at a Land Development Code revision under CodeNEXT. At a Land Development Code luncheon Wednesday, Geoffrey Tahuahua, the…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Commission recommends ban on cashless retail

Human Rights Commissioner Garry Brown noticed recently that more and more businesses across the nation are going cashless in order to make doing business safer, cleaner and more efficient.But for millions of people without bank accounts or with limited access…

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Advisory council urges city not to give up on safety at intersections

The Austin Transportation Department is combining 2016 mobility bond dollars with other funding sources to build out a citywide bike network, while the city’s Bicycle Advisory Council wants the department to rethink its approach to bicycle safety at intersections.Last week,…

Friday, January 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Rendon house denied historic preservation zoning

The East Austin home of the late Edward Rendon Sr. will not be getting the historic zoning designation desired by some members of the Rendon family.If granted, the designation would have halted the plans of Rose Rubio, a majority owner…

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Ellis attempts to get scooters and other contaminants out of city waterways

When Council Member Paige Ellis was crafting the concept for a clean creeks initiative, she and her staff saw an opportunity to address one of the city’s more visible sources of creek and river pollution.When electric scooters end up in…

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation updates enforcement to keep bike lanes clear of cars

At least in theory, the Austin Transportation Department has long been able to ticket drivers for illegally parking in bike lanes. In practice, however, such enforcement has been inconsistent.The Austin Transportation Department started making hires this week in an effort…

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Downtown to grow in a new direction

Generally speaking, residents used to take in the downtown skyline from the east or west. Today, the skyline has shifted 90 degrees so that the volume of development is better viewed from the north or the south shore of Lady…

Friday, January 17, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City studies higher fines and fees for parking

Around 30 percent of Austin’s downtown traffic congestion can be attributed to drivers circling in search of a parking space. In order to solve that problem, Austin Transportation Department’s Parking Enterprise division has launched an effort to address the specific…

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City considers new funding sources for light rail transit investment

On Tuesday, in the fifth of seven planned joint work sessions, City Council and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority discussed the need for innovative funding sources to operate and maintain a regional transit system that may involve the city’s first…

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Transportation Department releases Rainey Mobility Study

The Austin Transportation Department published a report this week analyzing the traffic impacts of future mobility scenarios for downtown’s Rainey neighborhood.“The popularity of the Rainey Street entertainment district has led to mobility challenges and concerns over interactions between pedestrians, bicyclists,…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation makes strides for transparent project data

The Pedestrian Advisory Council is asking the city for more public updates on mobility projects as the Austin Transportation Department continues developing its online interactive database.Last Monday evening, the advisory board unanimously passed a recommendation drafted by chair Adam Greenfield…

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