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Highland Mall nearly history

Highland Mall nearly history

Contrary to popular belief, Highland Mall is still open—but not for long.

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The 65th annual Art City Austin takes place April 25-26 in downtown Austin.

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Art City Austin celebrates 65th year this weekend

Art Alliance Austin will host the 65th annual Art City Austin this weekend. The event is considered the city's second-oldest outdoor festival, according to event organizers. more »

Apr 24, 2015 9:35 AM Central Austin

Crews work on the MoPac Improvement Project near the Lake Austin Boulevard exit ramp, which will be closed for at least 30 days beginning April 26.

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Lake Austin Blvd. exit on MoPac to close for 30 days starting April 26

Starting the evening of April 26, the Lake Austin Boulevard exit ramp on southbound MoPac will close for at least 30 days to allow crews to reconstruct it as part of the MoPac Improvement Project. more »

Apr 23, 2015 3:57 PM Austin Metro

Bat Bridge Entertainment is based at the Historic Carriage House on downtown Seventh Street. The crew includes (top, from left): Mindy Sheldon, Laura Annalora, Marla Quintana; (bottom, from left) Jody Wingrove, Jeff Keels, Stephen Germer, Pat Kondelis and Matthew Wallis.

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First project from Austin-based production company debuts on CNN

A new Austin-based film production company called Bat Bridge Entertainment has hit the ground running with its first project. more »

Apr 22, 2015 1:22 PM Central Austin

Community compromise helps shape development

Construction could start on one of the largest undeveloped plots of Central Austin land by the end of the year. more »

Apr 22, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

The new concept from El Chile Group opened to customers April 17.

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IMPACT ROUNDUP: New restaurant AlcoMar opens

The second location of El Chile transformed into AlcoMar April 17. more »

Apr 22, 2015 9:01 AM Central Austin

The Pecan Street Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.

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Shoal Creek Conservancy strikes partnership with city of Austin

Nonprofit advocacy group Shoal Creek Conservancy helped advance its efforts to protect the Central Austin waterway by becoming partners with the city of Austin late last month. more »

Apr 21, 2015 2:01 PM Central Austin

Taxi Drivers Association of Austin rallies in support of a cab co-op outside of Austin City Hall on April 21.

Jennifer Curington

Taxi cab franchises could undergo changes

Changes to taxi cab franchise agreements with the city of Austin could undergo some changes this week, but not all taxi cab drivers want those changes. more »

Apr 21, 2015 12:00 PM Central Austin

Randomly selected Austin Water Utility customers will participate in a new program that allows users to better track and manage water use.

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New Austin Water mobile app tracks usage

A new mobile phone application called Dropcountr could soon help Austin Water Utility customers track and manage their water usage, potentially resulting in less water usage and more money saved. more »

Apr 21, 2015 8:57 AM Central Austin

District 10 City Councilwoman Sheri Gallo hosted the April 18 meeting to provide information on public safety issues, such as bike lanes and traffic-calming devices.

Amy Denney

Bike lanes, traffic-calming devices top public safety issues at District 10 town hall meeting

Traffic safety was a key issue at a District 10 town hall meeting where West and Northwest Austin residents questioned city officials about removing bike lanes and adding traffic-calming devices such as speed humps. more »

Apr 21, 2015 12:00 AM Northwest Austin

AISD works on facilities improvements, seeks overcrowding solutions

Projects are advancing as part of Austin ISD’s facility master plan, and the school district’s board of trustees received updates on the plan's progress as well as potential changes to boundaries and transfer policies during its April 21 meeting. more »

Apr 21, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

The price for an Austin-area home reaches an all time high.

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ABoR: Single-family homes prices in Austin hit all-time high

Single-family homes in the Austin area reached an all time high in prices during March. more »

Apr 21, 2015 9:52 AM Central Austin

CAN report to reflect state of Austin's social health

The social, health, educational and economic well-being of Austinites will be revealed May 20 in a new report that is expected to shed light on some of the city's biggest trends. more »

Apr 20, 2015 2:27 PM Central Austin

Crews installed the first section of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks April 9. The second and third pieces will be installed April 20 and 23.

Courtesy Steve Pustelnyk/CTRMA

Southbound MoPac lanes to close April 20 for bike/ped bridge installation

The final two lane closures on southbound MoPac are scheduled for April 20 and 23 to complete the installation of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks. more »

Apr 20, 2015 2:43 PM Northwest Austin

Austin chamber names new head of economic development

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce hired within for its senior vice president of economic development role that had been vacant since December. more »

Apr 17, 2015 1:42 PM Central Austin

C.J. Sackman has proposed a multifamily development at 8528 Burnet Road.

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Burnet Road multifamily development continues to face delays

A developer hoping to bring 225 rental units to a high demand area along Burnet Road continues to face delays. more »

Apr 16, 2015 4:27 PM Central Austin

Two Buddhist Tibetan monks work on creating a sand mandala in Austin City Hall on April 15.

Jennifer Curington

Tibetan monks create art in Austin City Hall

A group of Buddhist Tibetan monks are currently creating a work of art in Austin City Hall. more »

Apr 16, 2015 1:38 PM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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Austin City Council met April 16 slightly after 10 a.m. with a 32-item agenda, which includes eight consent agenda items. more »

Apr 16, 2015 11:27 AM Central Austin

From left: Divine Canines volunteers Christine Springer and Heidi Armstrong are joined by Mike Pizinger, the group’s chair-elect, and Brian Smittle, owner of Thirsty Planet Brewing Co. Therapy dogs (from left) Bella, Jasper, Amstel and Shiner join the group at Thirsty Planet during last year’s Barks for Beers event.

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Therapy dog trainers host 'Barks for Beers' fundraiser

Two of Austin’s top interests—dogs and craft beer—combine in May to create a monthlong charity event called Barks for Beers. more »

Apr 15, 2015 1:36 PM Central Austin

Littlefield Lofts will house 24 vacation rental properties across from historic Driskell Hotel.

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IMPACT ROUNDUP: Downtown vacation rentals to open in June

Newly remodeled vacation rental lofts are slated to open in June across from the historic Driskill Hotel. more »

Apr 15, 2015 11:31 AM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

Photo courtesy City of Austin

More oversight on the horizon for adult-oriented businesses

More oversight could soon be placed on adult oriented businesses hoping to operate in downtown Austin. more »

Apr 14, 2015 10:59 AM Central Austin

2015 Summer Camp Guide

Find out what Central Austin camp your kid should attend this summer.

Austin dining

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Dolce Neve has plans to open a second location. Find out where in this month's featured profile.

Austin business

Photo courtesy RealSavvy

RealSavvy was a big winner during this year's South by Southwest Interactive Conference. Find out more about the real estate smartphone application here.

Q&A with AISD superintendent

Photo by Joe Olivieri

New Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz speaks to Community Impact Newspaper about the school district.

Austin Arts

Courtesy Esther’s Follies

Esther's Follies co-owner Shannon Sedwick has kept the Austin staple running for 38 years.

Working in #ATX

Each month, we will provide perspective from one of Austin's top industries or work sectors.

2015 Fitness Guide

Renew those New Years resolutions using this guide.

Volunteer Guide

Learn about volunteer opportunities throughout Central Austin this coming year.

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.

Education Focus—Austin ISD

Gain access to testing data and school feeder charts

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