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Austin seeks increase of solar energy usage

Courtesy Austin Energy

Austin seeks increase of solar energy usage

Austin Energy and City Council are in the midst of a debate over creating more solar energy options for Austin and closing a local natural gas-fueled power plant.

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AISD faces dwindling population of students

With the start of the 2014–15 school year, there are more Austin ISD students than there were a year ago. more »

Sep 25, 2014 Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Arrested development in Oak Hill

As a western gateway to Austin, the Oak Hill area would seem like a natural place for prosperous development. more »

Sep 25, 2014 Southwest Austin 2 Comments

Macro problem, micro solution

Are Austinites ready to start living in 21st century boarding houses? more »

Sep 24, 2014 Central Austin

The Wolf Ranch Georgetown master-planned community will feature about 7.5 miles of trails throughout the project.

Courtesy Iva Wolf McLachlan

City, developer ink deal for Wolf Ranch project

In the more than two years Iva Wolf McLachlan has worked on a development deal for 755 acres of her family’s property at Hwy. 29 and I-35, her goal has been to honor the legacy of her father, who began buying the land more than 65 years ago, she said more »

Sep 10, 2014 Georgetown

Hill Country Galleria sold Sept. 12 to California State Teachers Retirement System.

Leslee Bassman

Hill Country Galleria sold to California investment group

The Hill Country Galleria was sold Sept. 12 by Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. to California State Teachers Retirement System, or CALSTRS, said Bee Cave Interim City Manager Travis Askey. more »

Sep 18, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

The LCRA rendering shows plans for a new Lane City reservoir, which is scheduled to be complete by 2017.

Courtesy Lower Colorado River Authority

LCRA proceeds with new reservoir, revised water management plan

A new reservoir similar to Lake Travis will be built along the Colorado River by 2017. more »

Sep 17, 2014 Central Austin 1 Comments

LTISD looks at 21st century learning

Fridays have always been the same for the staff of Lake Travis ISD’s Curriculum and Instructional Services Department, said Becky Burnett, assistant superintendent for CIS. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Lake Travis cities prep FY 2014-15 budgets

In the next few weeks cities in western Travis County will finalize their budgets for the coming fiscal year. more »

Sep 10, 2014 , Lake Travis | Westlake

‘Major project’ in the works

Pflugerville does not have six-story glass-and-steel office towers, a four-story town hall or retail-residential mixed development, but that could all change if Sunshine Village comes to town. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 8 Comments

Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park could soon be the home of a pro-quality golf facility capable of hosting PGA Tour events.

Courtesy city of Austin

Austin targets PGA-quality golf course

City officials on Sept. 8 advanced efforts to build a PGA-quality golf course at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park in East Austin where there are 735 acres long earmarked for golf use. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Central Austin 1 Comments

CAMPO OKs options for non-Capital Metro cities to access federal transit funds

Cities located in the Austin urbanized area but outside Capital Metro’s service area will now be able to access federal transit dollars designated for transit services in the region. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Austin Metro

Hutto falls short in bid for Tesla battery factory

A source from the Hutto Economic Development Corp. confirmed Sept. 3 that the city had been in negotiations for months to secure the site for Tesla Motors' proposed factory. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

District’s new digital program designed to change learning

Round Rock ISD’s administration is investing in new digitally focused initiatives this year to modernize students’ experiences at school, including a technology pilot program with incubator classrooms, a freshly designed website and a new online bus more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

A state report this year revealed the Central Austin portion of I-35 is the most congested highway in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation and the city of Austin are reviewing options that might improve I-35 traffic conditions.

Photo by Jennifer Curington

TxDOT begins long journey of improving portion of I-35

Area drivers may be hoping ongoing proposals to change the Central Austin portion of I-35 will help fix the highway’s increasing congestion problems, but Texas Department of Transportation officials said an immediate reduction in traffic is unlikely. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin 6 Comments

Five Austin mayor candidates participated in a United Way-hosted forum Sept. 3 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

Jennifer Curington

Affordability, child care solutions proposed at United Way mayoral forum

Five Austin mayoral candidates told an audience at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema how they would address child care, affordability and other Austin-based concerns. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Central Austin 2 Comments

Jim Skaggs from the Coalition on Sustainable Transportation said supporting the $1.4 billion urban rail plan would be the worst decision in Austin's history.

Amy Denney

A tale of two routes: Rail advocates debate location

An Aug. 26 urban rail town hall meeting brought out debate about where to put rail in Austin and what populations to serve. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Northwest Austin 2 Comments

Second MetroRapid route launches

In the months since Capital Metro’s newest bus service, MetroRapid, launched Jan. 26, the transit agency has continued improving the service in preparation of the second route introduced Aug. 24. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Northwest Austin

Council vets neighborhood plan

Zoning changes and updates could be coming to some South Austin neighborhoods if City Council approves the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin 2 Comments

From left, Better Bites Bakery owner Leah Lopez high-fives Bearded Brothers co-owner Caleb Simpson. The two businesses are both located on Circle Drive.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

From Southwest Austin to a shelf near you

In the Southwest Austin kitchen of Better Bites Bakery, an employee places cookie dough onto a machine’s conveyor belt. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Many make sacrifices to afford Austin's cost of living

To contend with the rising cost of living in Austin, reports show some residents are cutting back on basic needs such as health care, medication, clothing, food, transportation, insurance and child care. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Northwest Austin 3 Comments

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