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Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Jack Craver

Is it time for Austin to have a ‘strong mayor’?

It’s a common refrain in city political debates: Austin is a big city and it’s time it started acting like one, whether that means building mass transit, allowing taller buildings or adopting single-member City Council districts.For Roger Borgelt, a member…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City regulations may create more homelessness

City ordinances prohibiting panhandling in certain areas, criminalizing camping in public places, living in a car or tent, or sitting or lying on the sidewalk in parts of downtown are creating barriers that make it more difficult for people to…

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

City composting may soon expand, go high-tech

A month after select Austin residents received their green compost bins to expand the city’s composting pilot program, the time has come to assess the success of the program’s reception. On Nov. 8, Emlea Chanslor, Austin Resource Recovery acting division…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

MLS team’s ambitions cast shadow over Austin’s other soccer hopefuls

The possibility of the Major League Soccer club from Columbus, Ohio, relocating to Austin has brought attention to other lower-profile but still ambitious soccer-related projects in the area. And one of the central questions surrounding Columbus Crew ownership group Precourt…

Friday, August 25, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Carport door raises big issues in Zilker

A recent case at the Board of Adjustment will allow one Zilker resident to finally close the door of their carport. But the case has also opened the door on neighborhood association politics and what happens when a complex Land…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Troxclair: Hotel tax plan separate from Adler’s ‘downtown puzzle’

Today’s City Council budget work session will almost certainly feature discussion about a proposal from Council Member Ellen Troxclair that seeks to reallocate money from the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax to pay for more expenses for Austin’s parks, which she…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Council members call for CodeNEXT changes

Just as the sun was beginning to glare down on the stretch of lawn around the welcome sign to Blazier Elementary School yesterday morning, a group of four City Council members kicked off what they are calling the #FixtheCode #4AllAustinites…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Report spells out Congress Avenue’s potential transformation

The future of Congress Avenue leading up to the state Capitol could see bicycles claiming the middle of the road as cars pass on both sides. That is one configuration in the discussion for an eventual makeover of the street…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Memo identifies preliminary locations for temporary homeless shelters

As part of a recent push to help Austin’s homeless, the city has been looking into using city-owned buildings to help ease overcrowding in downtown shelters. Last week, the Parks and Recreation Department provided a list of recreation centers that…

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Mose Buchele

How zebra mussels will change Austin lakes (and maybe Barton Springs) forever

The invasive zebra mussel has been moving south for years, leaving destruction in its wake. Now, it’s in Lake Travis, and it will soon make its way downstream, changing the look, feel and maybe even the taste of Austin’s lakes…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Regulation Vacation: City collects taxes from unlawful Airbnbs

Becca Dobberfuhl has a name for her Bouldin Creek home.“It’s all this rusty, rusty, rusty color,” she said. “And the house is a modern house and it has a box-like look to it so we call it the ‘Rusty Box.’”Users…

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Jack Craver

Report shows compensation for nonprofit leaders

A report provided by city staff sheds light on how much top executives of Austin nonprofits get paid.The document was prepared in response to a budget question submitted by Council Member Ora Houston, who wanted to know how much the…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Guadalupe plan still in the works

The long-delayed report that will recommend giving two lanes of Austin’s iconic Drag entirely to buses is near the finish line, according to Austin Transportation Director Rob Spillar.“If these improvements are to be considered for funding, we’ve got to get…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission endorses east side plan to replace auto salvage yard with mixed-use project

Continuing tension over gentrification, density and a lack of adequate planning for growth on the city’s east side converged on an unlikely fight to preserve an East Austin junkyard at the most recent meeting of the Planning Commission.In the end,…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council wades nervously into pools plan

City Council delivered decidedly mixed reviews of the Parks and Recreation Department’s recently unveiled Aquatic Master Plan, with some Council members decrying what they fear is a plan to shut down neighborhood pools and others bemoaning the unequal distribution of…

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro blames cheap parking for one sector of ridership declines

The University of Texas isn’t the only institution of higher education whose students are turning cold on public transit.On Monday, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors learned that a partnership with Austin Community College has seen dwindling fortunes…

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Jack Craver

Proposed bond includes big money for parks

The Austin parks system is looking to win big from a major bond that voters will likely be asked to approve in 2018.A citizen task force is currently in the process of drafting a general obligation bond to fund affordable…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Flag lots could be making a comeback

There’s more to CodeNEXT than zoning, believe it or not, and last week the land use commissions received an update from staff on non-zoning changes that would be part of the rewrite’s second draft, with the hottest item of discussion…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin real estate exec shifts focus to preserving middle-class housing

Looking to address the problem of Austin’s diminishing supply of middle-class housing, the head of the area’s lead real estate trade group is rounding up investors more interested in social good than eye-popping returns.David Steinwedell plans to leave his position…

Friday, July 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

Clarksville meeting displays fear of CodeNEXT and density

On Wednesday night the pews at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Clarksville were packed with nearby residents who had come to hear about how their surroundings would be impacted by CodeNEXT, the proposed rewrite of the city’s Land Development…

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