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Stories by Syeda Hasan

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council considers providing rental assistance to Austin arts groups

Today, City Council is set to consider a plan to provide rental assistance to arts organizations. That’s after Mayor Steve Adler made a series of proposals aimed at strengthening the city’s music scene last year. For many Austin artists, some…

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

City, state officials call for legal action against ‘sanctuary cities’ law

Government officials and community activists from across the state gathered outside the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to voice support for taking legal action to stop the so-called “sanctuary cities” law. Senate Bill 4, which goes into effect September 1, allows…

Monday, May 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin won’t reopen its housing voucher waitlist anytime soon

The federal housing choice voucher program, which used to be called Section 8, is aimed at helping low-income families meet their housing costs. Here in Austin, it’s one way the city is trying to meet the growing demand for deeply…

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council Member Flannigan seeks to revise Austin’s drainage fee system

For much of her life as a homeowner, Joan Reames never noticed the drainage charge on her monthly utility bill. That was until the city revised the system in 2015. Reames said the monthly fee for her condo complex suddenly…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin’s Visitor Impact Task Force nearing deadline to report to City Council

For the past several months, Austin’s Visitor Impact Task Force has been exploring new uses for the millions of tax dollars brought in by the city’s hotels. The group also has to contend with a host of state and local…

Friday, April 28, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Judge orders Cross Creek Apartment complex to make repairs

For years, residents of the Cross Creek Apartments in North Austin have been complaining about poor living conditions. They say they continue to pay rent while living with broken windows, poor security and a lack of hot water, among other…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council members consider ways to refine Strategic Housing Plan

In recent weeks, the release of Austin’s first-ever strategic housing plan has faced scrutiny as well as garnered support at public meetings. The plan aims to address the city’s growing affordability crisis by setting goals for new housing production. Tomorrow,…

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin launches initiative to redesign Congress Avenue

For Austin visitors, it’s hard to beat the iconic view of the Texas Capitol from Congress Avenue. But for those who live and work along the corridor, the streetscape could use some improvements. On a Friday afternoon, about a dozen…

Monday, April 3, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin plan sets goals for more affordable housing. But where should it go?

City Council is set to vote this week on whether to adopt the city’s first-ever housing plan. The plan aims to address Austin’s growing affordability crisis by setting goals for new housing production. But apart from encouraging more affordable housing,…

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin parks groups propose new uses for hotel tax funds

Several groups made their cases for funding last night at a meeting of the Visitors Impact Task Force. The board is charged with exploring new uses for hotel tax revenue before a decision by City Council. Board members heard from…

Friday, March 17, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Rainey Street traffic study calls for less parking, more pedestrian crossings

Last year, residents of the Rainey Street neighborhood struck a deal with a developer looking to build new condos in the area. They agreed to conduct a comprehensive traffic study, determining what the most pressing transportation needs are and how…

Friday, March 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Community organizers want wider multilingual outreach on CodeNEXT

The city of Austin is in the process of adopting a new land development code that will govern everything from parking requirements to how tall buildings can be. As the city begins rolling out the proposal, some think the information…

Monday, March 6, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

As rents push artists out, city seeks alternative space in houses of worship

In recent years, Austin’s creative community has been feeling the brunt of the city’s affordability crisis. As rents continue to rise, many artists have moved away, and studios and galleries have closed their doors. Now, the city is looking to…

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

City task force weighs new uses for hotel occupancy tax

With more tourists coming to Austin each year, the city’s hotels are generating more and more revenue. Some of that funding is set aside to support Austin’s tourism industry, and as the number of guests and hotels grow, so does…

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

On East 11th and 12th streets, two different tales of revitalization

Almost two decades ago, the city of Austin launched a plan to revitalize the area around 11th and 12th streets in East Austin. Fast-forward to today, and East 11th has seen a boom of new businesses and housing, while East…

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council weighs supporting affordable housing development in North Austin

Today, City Council is set to consider throwing its support behind nine affordable housing projects, all vying for competitive state tax credits that could help fund the developments. But some residents who live near one of these proposed projects in…

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin gets its first look at new Land Development Code

The city of Austin has released the much-awaited first draft of CodeNEXT, its new land development guidelines. It’s the first time in more than 30 years that the city will have a new Land Development Code. The new code aims…

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin to consider extending parking meter hours downtown

If you’ve ever tried to park in downtown Austin, you’ve probably found yourself circling the streets a few times before finding a spot. The city is exploring changes to make more parking available during peak traffic time – but that…

Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Has Austin’s booming population finally peaked?

For years, we’ve been hearing about how Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Thousands of people move here each year, but recent reports show that some of the factors that draw people to the city –…

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Round Rock drafts its first land development code

It’s no secret that development is booming in Austin and its surrounding suburbs. Just north of Austin, the city of Round Rock is working to accommodate that growth by creating its first-ever land development code. One might think of the…

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