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Stories by Syeda Hasan

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…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Neighborhood density dialed back in new CodeNEXT draft

The city of Austin has released its third draft of CodeNEXT, the ongoing overhaul of the rules governing what can be built where. At City Hall Monday evening, staff held an open house on the proposed Land Development Code, inviting…

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Days away from new draft, city commissions give their last word on CodeNEXT (for now)

Less than a week out from the release of the latest version of CodeNEXT, city commissions are weighing in on what they’d like to see in this latest draft of Austin’s Land Development Code.The Zoning and Platting Commission laid out…

Friday, February 2, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

How do Austin’s Capitol view corridors preserve sights of the Statehouse?

About seven years ago, Lynn Meredith and her husband moved into a high-rise downtown. Meredith can see the state Capitol from her building, and over the years, she’s watched as new skyscrapers have sprung up around the Capitol, while some…

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Housing repair funds, 3-D printed homes pitched as affordability solutions

For the past several weeks, nine local nonprofits, government agencies and private companies have been mapping out new solutions to the city’s housing affordability problem. Last night, they presented their ideas at the Impact Hub, a co-working space on North…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Trump administration push for citizenship question on census alarms critics

Watchdog groups are alarmed by a Department of Justice request to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. The agency says the information is needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act, specifically a section that bans racial discrimination.“It’s…

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin fields eight potential sites for new soccer stadium and practice space

City Council is weighing eight potential sites to house a professional soccer stadium and practice space after the Ohio-based Columbus Crew soccer team expressed an interest in moving here. But Council members decided to hold off on a final decision…

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council approves funding for study on housing discrimination

City Council is moving forward with plans for the region’s first fair housing assessment. The effort aims to shed light on issues of housing discrimination across Central Texas.The federal Fair Housing Act was designed to protect people from discrimination when…

Monday, December 4, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin residents protest mobile home investment class

A few dozen protesters gathered in downtown Austin on Friday to march down East Fifth Street and into the Westin hotel, where a class on investing in mobile home parks was reportedly being held.The protesters, dressed in graduation caps and…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Cap Metro plan up for a vote today

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors is set to vote today on a major overhaul of its bus system. If approved, the changes would take effect in June, changing more than half of all routes in the area.While…

Friday, November 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin wants to make it easier to build garage apartments

City Council took a step yesterday to streamline the process of building and remodeling homes by approving the Family Homestead Initiative. The resolution calls for the city to identify all the regulations and costs associated with the process.Council Member Delia…

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