Friday, July 11, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Old Austin meets new system in District 5

The area running south from Lady Bird Lake between Barton Creek and the Union Pacific Railroad line is truly “old Austin.” Not to be confused with “old money Austin,” but with comfy neighborhoods like Zilker, Barton Hills and Westgate with…

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Crowded field looks to represent small, diverse District 4

District 4 under the new City Council system is – figuratively and literally – at a crossroads. Interstate 35 and US 183, two of the city’s busiest highways, bisect the area. In addition, the district reflects the divide between Austin’s…

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Nine candidates vie to represent growing, changing District 3

The new City Council District 3 brings together three distinct neighborhoods – Central East Austin, Riverside and Far South Austin. The massive growth and changing demographics of the city have significantly changed the neighborhoods and residents of District 3, bringing…

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Michael Kanin

10-1 offers District 2 residents a louder voice

The Dove Springs Neighborhood, which takes up much of the new City Council District 2, is possibly the best example backers of the city’s 10-1 District system can point to for why Austin needs single-member districts. The area is –…

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Diversity doesn’t mean African-Americans will get opportunity in District 1

When members of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission began carving the city into 10 new Council Districts last year, one of their biggest challenges they faced was to carve out an African-American “district of opportunity.” After much consideration and debate,…

Monday, June 2, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Cole enters mayoral race emphasizing solving problems together

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole launched her campaign Saturday to become Austin’s first African-American woman Mayor before a crowd of enthusiastic supporters in the front yard of a North University home.   In announcing her candidacy, Cole joins fellow City…

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