Central Austin

August 2014 ABoR stats

Courtesy Austin Board of Realtors

ABoR: Austin-area home sales continue decline

The Austin Board of Realtors cites rising home prices as the reason for a second-consecutive month of declining home sales.

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'Project Runway' designers to showcase clothing for nonprofit fundraiser

Designers from the TV show “Project Runway” are scheduled to showcase their new clothing lines at a fashion show fundraiser Oct. 3 for nonprofit BiGAUSTIN. more »

Sep 18, 2014 Northwest Austin

Dell Medical School dean discusses how to improve health care system

Representatives from health care sectors in seven counties in Central Texas gathered Sept. 16 to discuss ideas about how to better engage and provide more personal care to patients. more »

Sep 17, 2014 Central Austin

Austin companies asked to help solve city's traffic congestion

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Capital Metro teamed up Sept. 16 to announce new efforts to combat traffic congestion beginning with public transit discounts. more »

Sep 17, 2014 Central Austin

Community members gathered together in 2012 to create a parklet off Congress Ave.

Courtesy of Congress for the New Urbanism

Pop-up parks coming to Congress Avenue

Three new parks will pop up Sept. 19 on Congress Avenue. more »

Sep 17, 2014 Central Austin

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)

Councilman Chris Riley announced a resolution on Sept. 15 that would legalize and provide regulations for ride share services in Austin. The resolution will be put to a vote on Sept. 25.

Jennifer Curington

Ridesharing services may become legal in Austin

The ongoing battle between Austin taxi and ridesharing services may come to a head Sept. 25. more »

Sep 15, 2014 Central Austin

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

SBK 2014 Budget

Brandy Cichon

Austin mayor casts lone votes against budget increases

Austin City Council kicked off the first of possibly three days of budget deliberations Sept. 8 with the mayor trying to shoot down projects that would increase city spending. more »

Sep 8, 2014 Central Austin

AISD continues superintendent search, changes application deadline

The Austin ISD board of trustees moved the deadline for applications for district superintendent to Oct. 20. The board plans to discuss its ongoing search for a new superintendent at upcoming meetings. more »

Sep 8, 2014 Austin Metro

TxDOT asks public to weigh in on recommended alternatives for I-35

The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting three open house events Sept. 9–11 to unveil proposals for improving mobility on I-35. more »

Sep 5, 2014 Northwest Austin

An art exhibit along the Waller Creek pedestrian bridge was completed Sept. 4 and will remain in place the next three months, according to the city.

Courtesy city of Austin

Waller Creek art exhibit promotes litter-free Austin

An art exhibit made using 1,500 used plastic bottles was completed Sept. 4 along a Waller Creek pedestrian bridge. more »

Sep 4, 2014 Central Austin

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Anti-bullying taekwondo and yoga studio to open

Maximum Taekwondo and Yoga will host its grand opening on Sept. 27 at 6929 Airport Blvd St. 146. Brad Perkins decided to open the business to promote his anti-bullying stance and offer a place of healing for those dealing with life issues. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Central Austin

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)

Austin-based band The Peterson Brothers performed at the Missing School Matters rally Sept. 3 to raise awareness of the need to increase attendance in Central Texas schools.

Kelli Weldon

Rally draws attention to school attendance campaign

The need to increase student attendance in Central Texas schools was the focus of a rally Sept. 3 organized by local nonprofit E3 Alliance. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Austin Metro

A dog trained by military personnel jumps out of an aircraft with a soldier.

Courtesy of Austin Public Library

UT professor to hold screening of new documentary

Canine Soldiers, which features footage of US Army soldiers and their dogs in battle, is directed and produced by Nancy Schiesari. A 12 minute clip of the film will be previewed on Sept. 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. more »

Sep 2, 2014 Central Austin

The 2011–12 Austin City Council (from left): Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, and Councilmen Chris Riley and Mike Martinez.

Courtesy City of Austin

Austin City Council—Aug. 28

Highlights from the Aug. 28 Austin City Council meeting. more »

Aug 28, 2014 Central Austin

Capital Metro launches second MetroRapid

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

Aug 28, 2014 Central Austin

Dr. Clay Johnston, inaugural dean of The University of Texas' Dell Medical School, said the teaching hospital allows for new innovation in medical care to be created. Seton Healthcare Family hosted an event to celebrate the beginning of construction on its teaching hospital Aug. 26.

Lyndsey Taylor

Construction to begin on Seton's teaching hospital

Seton Healthcare Family celebrated Aug. 26 the beginning of construction on its new teaching hospital, which is expected to commence in the coming weeks. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Austin Community College President Richard Rhodes leads a grand-opening celebration Aug. 27 at the new ACC Highland Campus.

Joe Lanane

Austin Community College debuts Highland Campus

A shopping center once renowned for being Austin's first regional mall is now an institution for higher learning. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

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)

Backed by elected officials, education leaders and representatives from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin ISD board of trustees President Vincent Torres speaks about school funding at a news conference Aug. 26.

Kelli Weldon

Education leaders call for changes to state funding system as AISD approves 2014–15 budget

The Austin ISD board of trustees on Aug. 26 approved the district’s $1.05 billion budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2015 following local education leaders’ call for a change in the way the state provides funding for the district. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Austin Metro

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Family ranch-to-table restaurant comes to East Austin

What started as a family-owned feed and seed company has expanded to become Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile, which opened Aug. 20 at 3235 E. Cesar Chavez St. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Construction continues on Lamar Union shopping center, a mixed-use plaza anchored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Photo by Joe Lanane

Development review process under review

The city’s regulatory department responsible for rubber stamping Austin development projects is undergoing a self-review. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

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 (5 Comments)

General homestead property tax exemption proposed

Austin City Council has been reviewing the addition of a general homestead property tax exemption since May as a possible relief measure for city homeowners. more »

Aug 27, 2014 , Central Austin

New playscape equipment is among the anticipated changes at Ramsey Park.

Courtesy Rosedale Neighborhood A

Ramsey Park fundraising campaign nearing final goal

A neighborhood campaign to raise money for Ramsey Park improvements is getting closer to its $480,000 goal. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Distracted driving law could be expanded upon

A public hearing will be held at the Aug. 28 City Council meeting regarding a proposed distracted driving ordinance stricter than the existing law. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

BMX/Skate Park could be renamed Aug. 28

An extensive process to rename a 30,000-square-foot BMX and skateboard park in Central Austin could come to a conclusion Aug. 28. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Austin business leaders are researching whether space technology companies might come to town.

Courtesy SpaceX

Space technology may come to Austin

An advisory group may give the green light to try bringing space technology companies to Austin. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

First AISD elementary fine arts academy opens

Austin ISD has expanded its fine arts focus to include the elementary level. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

A summer parade, above, is one example of Creative Action programming.

Courtesy Creative Action

Grant awarded to help foster art in East Austin

A nonprofit that helps underprivileged youth gain access to art and other creative outlets received a $75,000 grant for future projects. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Austin City Council to consider solar energy resolution

A pending Austin City Council resolution may help create more solar energy supply for Austin Energy consumers, the city announced Aug. 26. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

CANDIDATE ROUNDUP: Eighteen candidates file for Austin ISD board of trustees

Eighteen candidates filed for a seat on the Austin ISD board of trustees by the filing deadline Aug. 18. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Austin Metro

Capital Metro to use reserves to balance FY2015 budget

The city of Austin’s public transit agency, Capital Metro, plans to use almost $43.2 million from its reserves to maintain a balanced budget of $322.1 million for fiscal year 2015. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Northwest Austin

Local guest judge Adrian Davila, celebrity guest judge Robyn Lindars and show host David Guas must choose a winner from the contestants to receive $10,000 in cash.

Courtesy of Travel Channel

Austin-area grillers to face off on 'American Grilled' episode

Four Austin-area grillers will make national television appearances on an upcoming episode of “American Grilled” from Travel Channel. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Central Austin

Speakers come to town for creative placemaking talks

Austin continues to put itself at the forefront of the creative placemaking movement, this time with a series of speakers coming to town. more »

Aug 25, 2014 Central Austin

Hard plastics can now be recycled

Austin residents can now toss hard plastics into their curbside recycle bin. more »

Aug 25, 2014 Central Austin

10-1 Austin City Council redistricting

New monthly series highlights many of the top issues facing upcoming Austin City Council candidates and offers profiles of each of the new council districts

Budget breakdown FY2014–15

Ethan Hill

Learn more about this year's city of Austin budget proposal.

Higher Education Focus

Get updates on area colleges and universities. Also, learn information about Austin's trade school programs and the discounted services they offer area residents.

Transportation Updates

Each month, we will update readers about road construction projects in various stages of planning.

Austin Arts

Courtesy French Legation Museum

Learn more about the French Legation Museum, a hidden cultural gem in East Austin.

Austin dining

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Burnet Road staple The Pit Barbeque has used the same pit since the 1970s.

Austin business

Photo by Jennifer Curington

East End Wines strives to provide an expansive collection of new and familiar wines.

Austin business briefs

Photo by Joe Lanane

An Austin dog-walking service and a small-business shipping solution are highlighted in this month's Business Briefs.

Austin nonprofit

Courtesy National Alliance for M

National Alliance for Mental Illness celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Recent Highlights

Photos courtesy Jim Innes

See photos from the June 7 debut of Austin's newest attraction, The Boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake

Austin quality-of-life surveys

Learn what Austinites think of Austin in two recent survey results

Inside Info: MetroRapid

Learn more about Capital Metro’s newest bus system, MetroRapid.

Frozen Treats Guide

We compiled a list of Austin businesses that offer frozen treats in air-conditioned settings

Volunteer Guide

Learn about volunteer opportunities throughout Central Austin this coming year.

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