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Stories by Syeda Hasan

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

‘Prop A’ could bring unprecedented investment in affordable housing in Austin

Austin voters will decide this November on the fate of seven bond propositions totaling $925 million. Proposition A asks voters to decide on a $250 million bond for affordable housing.If approved, the proposition would provide money for the city to build, repair and maintain…

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Austin renters and people of color are most likely to be displaced because of gentrification

A new study from the University of Texas points to widespread gentrification in Austin, stretching from northern neighborhoods to the eastern edge of South Austin. Researchers say the groups most impacted by displacement are low-income African-American and Hispanic renters.Jake Wegmann,…

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Fewer Austin residents are burdened by housing costs, but many still struggle

Austin is slowly making progress toward becoming a more affordable city, according to a new analysis, but many residents are still finding it difficult to pay for housing.The report released Wednesday by the nonprofit HousingWorks Austin finds that compared to…

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Citing flooding concerns, Bastrop temporarily stops new development

Development in Bastrop has been temporarily put on hold.The Bastrop City Council voted unanimously last week to put a 90-day moratorium on development permits. The city wants to use this time to update its land development rules to try to…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

How free ride-sharing could make it easier to catch the bus in Austin

The number of partnerships between public transit agencies and private ride-sharing companies like Uber has been booming. Since 2016, at least 27 such programs have sprung up across the country, including one in Central Austin.Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick…

Friday, August 10, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council votes unanimously to scrap CodeNEXT

City Council voted unanimously today to scrap CodeNEXT, the controversial overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code.In a resolution, Council said “due to a combination of significant disruptions to the process, CodeNEXT is no longer a suitable mechanism to achieve…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

East Austin affordable housing resident advocates for better living conditions

Candace Hunter applied to live at the Reserve at Springdale as soon as she could. When the nearly 300-unit property was completed last year, it brought much-needed affordable housing to East Austin.Within the year, the complex – which houses Austinites…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Here’s why Ken Paxton wants to kick members off Austin’s Planning Commission

A city statute that governs the makeup of Austin’s Planning Commission is at the center of a legal challenge from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.Paxton is taking legal action to remove eight members of the 13-member commission, citing a…

Friday, July 6, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Austin could seize old Montopolis school through eminent domain

After months of negotiation, City Council has opened the door to seizing the site of the old Montopolis Negro School in East Austin.Council approved a measure last week to pursue eminent domain proceedings after it was unable to agree on…

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Police and community groups join to explore how to improve oversight of APD

Austin’s system of police oversight may be more effective than others at promoting long-term change, but there’s still skepticism about the agency, according to a new report.The report from the Office of the Police Monitor notes that agencies like Austin’s…

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Austin-Round Rock is the 9th-fastest-growing metro area in the U.S.

The Austin-Round Rock metro area is the ninth fastest growing in the country, according to 2017 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.The total population in 2017 was 2.1 million. The area did see a slight decline in its rate…

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council to hash out staff recommendations for proposed 2018 bond package

City Council is set to vote tomorrow on adopting the city manager’s recommendation for a 2018 bond package. Voters would decide on whether to approve the $816 million referendum this November.The proposal includes funding for transportation infrastructure, stormwater and open…

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

In this East Austin neighborhood, there are now more dogs than children

In one rapidly changing East Austin neighborhood, dogs now outnumber children nearly two to one, according to a new report from the University of Texas’ Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis.Researchers released the findings today in an addendum to a…

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Cap Metro launches outreach campaign ahead of its June 3 redesign

In just over two weeks, more than half of all the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s bus routes will be altered – and some will be eliminated altogether – when the transit agency rolls out its Cap Remap plan. Ahead of…

Friday, May 4, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Advocates say HUD proposal to raise rents could hurt struggling families in Austin

Watchdog groups in Austin say a plan to raise rents for millions of people who get federal housing assistance would hurt the area’s most vulnerable residents.“What this will do is increase housing costs, force more families to choose between food…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Austin renters facing eviction could get help through a new counseling service

David Jones has been renting his apartment in North Austin for four years. He’s grown an impressive herb garden on his front porch: Rows of parsley, oregano and thyme line one side. He’s a veteran on a fixed income, and…

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council members push for $300M bond to meet Austin’s affordable housing needs

City leaders are weighing the possibility of putting an affordable housing bond on the ballot this November. A city task force is recommending a $161 million bond, but some Austin City Council members want to almost double that amount.Council Members…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council weighs how to boost affordable housing program under CodeNEXT

City Council is trying to figure out how the latest draft of the proposed Land Development Code, known as CodeNEXT, could shape the future of affordable housing.At a meeting of the Housing and Planning Committee Tuesday, Council members drilled down…

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Austin could change the way it issues demolition permits

As the number of demolitions soars in Austin, the city is considering changing the way it issues permits to make sure teardowns are done safely and people affected are properly notified.Since 2010, the number of demolition permits issued in Austin…

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Rosewood Courts renovation gets initial approval from landmark commission

The Historic Landmark Commission is paving the way for a major renovation of Rosewood Courts. The public housing project in East Austin was the first in the country built for black residents.The commission previously recommended zoning the entire site as…

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