Stories by Willow Higgins

Monday, October 18, 2021 by Willow Higgins

New report underscores inequities for Latinos in Central Texas

Systemic and racial barriers have made it harder for the Latino community to excel in Central Texas, according to a new report from the Hispanic Impact Fund of the Austin Community Foundation. Building a Thriving Central Texas: Advancing Latino Futures takes…

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by Willow Higgins

Airport continues to enhance accessibility for all travelers

There’s a lot more to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than wheelchair access. Last Thursday, City Council’s Mobility Committee was briefed on how travel to and from Austin is – or sometimes isn’t…

Monday, October 11, 2021 by Willow Higgins

Vision Zero initiative beginning to reduce some types of car crashes

A representative from Austin’s Transportation Department appeared before City Council’s Mobility Committee Tuesday to give an update on Vision Zero, the city’s goal to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. While traffic fatalities have been on the rise over the…

Thursday, October 7, 2021 by Willow Higgins

Housing and Planning Committee examines barriers to ADU construction

The city’s Housing and Planning Committee met Tuesday to discuss the regulations for accessory dwelling units, secondary housing units located somewhere on a residential lot. As Austin’s housing crisis persists and the median sale price of homes continues to rise, ADUs…

Thursday, September 30, 2021 by Willow Higgins

Climate Equity Plan proposes speeding up net-zero emissions goal to 2040

Austin’s much-anticipated Climate Equity Plan was presented to City Council on Tuesday morning after almost two years of hard work and delay. The city’s last climate action plan was adopted in June 2015, with the intention of updating it every…

Monday, September 27, 2021 by Willow Higgins

ICRC continues to request feedback in final month of district mapping

The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission continues to gather public feedback on the preliminary map commissioners helped draw of Austin’s City Council districts. While commissioners approved a preliminary map on Sept. 15, they have until Nov. 1 to consider additional feedback from Austinites…

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