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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

City developing concrete plans to make bus passengers more comfortable

If you close your eyes, you can imagine yourself raiding Berlin in 1943, the deafening explosions of flak violently rankling the thin fuselage that separates you from the battlefields below. But in reality, you’re riding one of the hundreds of…

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Monday, April 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: It’s the little things

Honorifics Olympics… Mayor Steve Adler appears to be having a tough time deciding how to refer to Council Member Alison Alter on the dais. The mayor tends to address his Council colleagues as “Mr.” or “Ms.” during meetings, but on…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Sleep researchers cheer on Council members as they consider ways to avoid late nights

Early on June 24, 2016, City Council Member Delia Garza checked her watch. “We’re making a decision about $720 million at 1:35 in the morning after lengthy discussions,” Garza told her colleagues. “After in my opinion, no real agreement on…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Growth slows, making city budget tighter

The days of Austin’s turbo-charged growth are over – at least for now. City Council got that message from the city’s economic adviser, Jon Hockenyos, as well as Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo, at Wednesday’s financial forecast and…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT maps unveiled

The consultants hired to craft a new land-use code for the city of Austin have finally unveiled maps showing what their proposed new system of zoning would look like. But as City Council begins its examination of the proposed CodeNEXT…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council moves toward changing meeting rules

City Council members took a significant step Tuesday toward revising the way they conduct meetings as well as the time frames for scheduling business on the agenda in the hope that they can reduce the number of hours spent sitting…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Urban Affairs Committee takes up preservation bill

A state representative will be making some changes to a bill he proposed that would set a rigorous statewide standard for historic preservation against a property owner’s objections. Discussion of Houston-area Rep. Gary Elkins’ House Bill 3418 at the April…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Group says Champion tract vote broke rules

City Council is facing yet another possible lawsuit over a vote it took that may not have complied with the Texas Open Meetings Act. City Attorney Anne Morgan confirmed Monday that she plans to discuss the matter with Council in…

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Monday, April 17, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: But what came next will surprise you

I, Stuart Harry Hersh… A few months ago, long-time housing advocate and former city staffer Stuart Harry Hersh bought a house. While undoubtedly a big moment for Hersh personally, it’s also been a transition at City Hall where for years,…

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Friday, April 14, 2017 by Jack Craver

At last, City Council approves Austin Oaks PUD

After just over two hours of debate Thursday night, City Council gave its final approval for Austin Oaks, the controversial planned unit development on 31 acres of land at the corner of MoPac and Spicewood Springs Rd. The development was…

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Friday, April 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

City approves Merck incentives, waits for decision on IT hub

Austin will provide up to $856,000 in economic incentives to pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharp & Dohme if the company chooses Austin as the site for a proposed information technology hub. By a 7-3-1 vote, City Council approved a Chapter 380…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council members consider ways to refine Strategic Housing Plan

In recent weeks, the release of Austin’s first-ever strategic housing plan has faced scrutiny as well as garnered support at public meetings. The plan aims to address the city’s growing affordability crisis by setting goals for new housing production. Tomorrow,…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Linkage fees challenged at legislature

Just as Austin is beginning to study the idea of adopting linkage fees – fees on new construction levied for the purpose of raising funds for affordable housing – the Texas Legislature could be poised to close off that avenue.…

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Monday, April 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Pharma giant’s proposed incentives draw questions in first review

City Council members have tended away from using incentives packages in recent years, averaging one approval per year to lure large employers to the area. Based on questioning and feedback from an initial discussion last week, it appears that 2017’s…

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Friday, April 7, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Downtown drug crisis pushes Adler, Council to pledge increased support

Austin’s police and public health departments will have extra budget and other resources available soon to help them focus on ending an increase in the use of the synthetic drug K2 downtown. At a press conference Thursday, Mayor Steve Adler…

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Friday, April 7, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs waiver of anti-lobbying ordinance

City Council on Thursday approved a temporary waiver of the city’s anti-lobbying ordinance for companies and individuals who wish to talk to the Council working group on solid waste issues. The vote was 7-1-1, with Council Member Ellen Troxclair voting…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KUT News

Here’s how Austin wants to solve institutional racism

In November, Mayor Steve Adler announced the formation of a group of local leaders tasked with suggesting city policy that could begin to ensure equity throughout the city. On Tuesday, the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Equities…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Troxclair’s legislative speeches criticized

During a legislative briefing at Tuesday’s City Council work session, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo criticized Council Member Ellen Troxclair for testifying against the city’s position on three hot topics at the Texas Legislature. “I need to express my grave…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

135,000 new housing units over the next decade: feasible or overly ambitious?

Socar Chatmon-Thomas points at an apartment building under construction along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, near East Riverside Drive. “So this whole thing used to just be nothing,” said Chatmon-Thomas, who has worked in Austin real estate since…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin’s new historic district: Aldridge Place

It’s been a long time coming, but City Council approved the Aldridge Place Local Historic District last week, making it the fourth such district in the city. Council members approved the district in a vote of 8-3 with Council members…

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