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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

After music think tank, Austin eyeing new music census, programming

A group of leaders from prominent music cities across North America spent two days in Austin last week brainstorming the issues that have become a regular part of the economic dialogue in Austin: affordability, compatibility and sustainability.The Sound Music Cities…

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Nearly 434,000 scooter rides were taken during SXSW 2019

Dockless scooters were the headliner in their first year at South by Southwest.City data show the scooters outpaced rentable dockless bikes during the festival, accounting for nearly 434,000 rides over the 10 days of SXSW – 12.3 percent of the…

Friday, March 15, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Open data movement brings tough questions for city-led panel

With Austin chock-full of forward-thinking tech professionals and ideologues from a variety of industries attending South by Southwest, the city and several leaders behind the movement for open data gathered this week to examine where that cause is headed.The March…

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Communication and expectations seen as key in move to smart cities

The term “smart cities” has a variety of roles in present-day civic planning discourse. It’s certainly a buzzword – “smart” as a descriptor appears 16 times in the titles of panels and sessions at this year’s South by Southwest conference –…

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Lessons for Austin abound in cities where crises produced affordable housing

The good news about Austin’s growing housing affordability crisis – if there can be such a thing – is that the city hasn’t suffered a natural disaster or a financial meltdown that would serve as the impetus to build new…

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

CTM’s Office of Design and Delivery: Corporate workshops should not be awful

As Austin grows and city officials begin to question how their jobs are evolving to meet the demands of the tens of thousands of new residents every year, it stands to reason that the city of Austin would ask for…

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Europe offers a road map for moving from cars to bikes and scooters

As Austin continues to grapple with managing the growing commercial fleets of electric scooters available on its streets, other questions about urban mobility multiplied at this year’s South by Southwest Conference.In a pair of short talks on March 9 from…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

SXSW economic impact grows north of $350M

The economic impact of the South by Southwest festival inched across the $350 million mark in the latest analysis by Greyhill Advisors of the spring festival’s effect on the community. The $350.6 million total for the 2018 festival represented growth…

Monday, March 19, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Parking and … other … concerns

Still hanging around… We have it to thank for our intimate knowledge of celebrities’ lunches, Capital Metro’s train delays and the president’s spontaneous thoughts, so why not also give Twitter pre-emptive credit for helping to establish a working urban cable…

Friday, March 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin’s music preservation efforts draw praise. But is it enough?

The attention placed on Austin’s music community in recent years by local leaders – most especially the affordability issues and stagnant income levels of working musicians – went under the magnifying glass Tuesday at South by Southwest. Attendees of the…

Friday, March 16, 2018 by Nathan Bernier

From ‘Starbucks’ lines to ‘full-scale riot’: How cops and clubs control crowds during SXSW

The influx of 300,000 to 400,000 people to downtown Austin during South by Southwest requires an extraordinary amount of crowd control, both for event organizers and first responders.Austin’s Police Department uses a Special Response Team to patrol downtown.“It’s just a…

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Rising hotel and other costs fuel SXSW’s growing economic impact

A rising cost of living and high prices for hotel rooms and other tourist accommodations helped fuel a 7 percent increase to the economic impact the city of Austin felt as a result of the South by Southwest festival.That was…

Monday, June 12, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: This week in conflict management

Fighting for privacy in the nude… During a special City Council meeting Wednesday, John Miki, one of the consultants leading the proposed overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code, described some of the community divisions over development that he encountered…

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

Public Safety Commission has a HOT debate

As the city of Austin scrounges for money to hire more police officers, firefighters and paramedics, it shouldn’t look to the tourism industry for help.That was the message delivered to the Public Safety Commission Monday by Bill Worsham, a member…

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Can Austin innovate itself out of long meetings?

Given the recent tilt toward performance art at City Council meetings – those poor eggs! – and running times that are the longest among major cities in Texas, it seems like the last thing Austin needs is more citizen participation…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Examining Austin’s “smart city” bona fides

Austin’s reputation as one of the nation’s smartest cities went under the microscope Sunday, with policy and academic experts examining the technology, educational, housing and transportation components – and the city’s shifting needs as it grows – that combine to…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Adler: A blue Texas “all but inevitable”

It’s something of an old saw in the political world that progressive cities in otherwise red states are like “a blueberry in a bowl of tomato soup.”Austin Mayor Steve Adler and his mayoral colleagues on Friday’s “America’s Mayors: Holding The…

Monday, March 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin officials rap about Smart Cities, robot cars at SXSW

Nine months after Austin lost the federal Smart City Challenge to Columbus, Ohio, the vision of a data-enhanced urban future is still alive and well.Top officials from Mayor Steve Adler to Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar took time during South…

Friday, March 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Short-term rentals under scrutiny as SXSW kicks off

The Austin Code Department has started its annual tradition of stepped-up monitoring and enforcement of regulations covering short-term rental businesses, the official policy name for homeowners who rent out extra rooms to tourists visiting for the South by Southwest festival.The…

Monday, March 6, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Of departures (people, codes and forts)

ZAP! Pow! Bang!… People paying attention to the membership of the Zoning and Platting Commission (if you are out there, you are probably reading this) may have noticed change has come/is on the horizon. As we reported, now-former Chair Thomas…

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