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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission rejects waiver after conversation on racism

Remarks on how institutional racism influences the city’s historic preservation goals prompted the Planning Commission’s indecision to approve or reject a compatibility waiver for a 5-foot setback on the western side of 2724 E 12th St. during its Feb. 14…

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Monday, February 20, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

When the loss of a historic home adds to much-needed housing stock

Reedy Spigner, 45, straddles a gray carpet strewn with empty glass bottles and pieces of tape – just some of the things left behind in a move. In front of him is an entire wall of windows. From there, he…

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Friday, February 17, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo advances amid accusations of broken promises

After years in the making, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Plaza Saltillo is only one vote away from its ultimate fate. City Council on Thursday night gave second-reading approval to the zoning change that will clear the way for the…

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Friday, February 17, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Two adjacent East Austin streets, two tales of development

Danny Fowler stands in the middle of his driveway holding a vase full of red flowers. He is taking them to his neighbor, who lives just across the street, over the crest of the steep hill that cuts this East…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Survey says: Austinites dissatisfied with traffic, happy with most else

New survey findings show Austin residents are generally happier with city services such as fire, police, library, and parks and recreation than residents of similarly populated cities. But Austin falls behind the national average of satisfaction in an unsurprising category:…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Pending demolition highlights need for preservation education

After about three months of discussion, a midcentury modern Rosedale home is officially destined for demolition. When the Historic Landmark Commission last took up the proposed demolition, it proved to be a flashpoint for ongoing intra-commission tension. This time around,…

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Monday, February 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Tax credits could provide big increase in affordable housing units on Goodrich Ave.

With the assistance of the state and federal government, Pathways at Goodrich Place, a public housing complex at 2126 Goodrich Ave., may soon have more than three times as many apartment units serving residents who otherwise couldn’t afford to live…

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Friday, February 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo moves forward, shorter for now

City Council gave provisional approval to the long-gestating Plaza Saltillo project on Thursday evening, but in a form dramatically different from what the developer proposed. As he signaled he would during a work session on Tuesday, Council Member Pio Renteria…

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Friday, February 10, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

New ZAP commissioner opposes first rezoning case

Unable to come to a consensus, the Zoning and Platting Commission had no official recommendation in a rezoning case for a property currently zoned Development Reserve in Northwest Austin. Applicant Robert Earl Strobo is seeking Single Family Large Lot (SF-1)…

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