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Housing affordability among top concerns for candidates, residents

Housing affordability among top concerns for candidates, residents

Austin home sales recently declined for the first time in three years. Although the reason is not obvious, some local experts cite a lack of affordable supply, increased prices or residents’ move to renting.

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The Texas Book Festival takes place Oct. 25–26 and features more than 280 authors.

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What to do in Austin this weekend: Oct. 23–26

Learn what's happening in Central Austin during Oct. 23–26. more »

Oct 23, 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.

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Austin City Council—Oct. 23

Highlights from the Oct. 23 meeting of Austin City Council at 700 Lavaca St. more »

Oct 23, 2014 Central Austin 1 Comments

El Chilito Tacos y Café has pushed back the opening of it's second location from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29.

Jennifer Curington

IMPACT ROUNDUP: El Chilito pushes back grand opening

The Manor Road food stand plans to open a second location at 1623 E. Seventh St. The new location was initially set to open Oct. 22 but will now open Oct. 29, according to ownership. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Central Austin

Coalition supports full rewrite of Austin's land development code

The city's land development code is broken and needs a "complete makeover," says a coalition of professional organizations led by the Real Estate Council of Austin. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Central Austin

Beyond the bars: Proposal seeks creation of new entertainment license

An entertainment license proposal could strengthen sound, safety and security regulations in downtown Austin’s late-night districts, including one known for its “dirty” reputation. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Central Austin 1 Comments

Space needs reviewed for planned courthouse

Commissioners now have a better idea of how much space each department will need inside the proposed civil and family courthouse. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Central Austin

Bull Creek Road property remains on the market

Because of a lack of funding, City Council decided Oct. 16 that Austin will not buy a coveted piece of land. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Central Austin

City Council not in support of elevated I-35 plan

City Council passed a resolution Sept. 25 voicing its disapproval of moving forward with an elevated I-35 option. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Central Austin

Crosswalks to receive a rainbow makeover

Rainbow-colored crosswalks will be installed at certain Fourth Street intersections per a City Council resolution passed Sept. 25. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Central Austin

The 2013–14 Austin City Council: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, Councilman Chris Riley and Councilman Mike Martinez

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Austin City Council to pick best approach for rewriting land development code

Austin City Council on Oct. 23 will decide among three proposed approaches for rewriting the city's land development code, an ongoing process dubbed CodeNEXT. In total, Austin City Council members will take up 54 items for consideration. more »

Oct 21, 2014 Central Austin 2 Comments

Austin Community College is proposing a new four-year nursing program in which the school's past graduates can upgrade their associate's degrees to earn a bachelor of science in nursing. If approved by the state, the new program could begin by 2017.

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ACC seeks to add bachelor's nursing program

Nursing students in Austin Community College's associate degree program may soon be able to obtain their Bachelor of Science in nursing without transferring. more »

Oct 21, 2014 Central Austin

Bollywood Night, a free event hosted by #UniteAustin, seeks to bring together Austin's artisan community.

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What to do in Austin this week: Oct. 20–22

Learn what's happening in Central Austin during Oct. 20–22. more »

Oct 20, 2014 Central Austin

The Ebola virus has been confirmed in three different people in Dallas as of Oct. 16. There are currently no cases in Austin.

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UPDATE: Austin resident being monitored for Ebola virus

Austin is at a low risk of its residents becoming infected with Ebola, Mayor Lee Leffingwell said Oct. 16 at a news conference. more »

Oct 16, 2014 Central Austin

The 2013-14 Austin City Council, from left: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, Councilman Chris Riley and Councilman Mike Martinez

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Austin City Council—Oct. 16

Highlights from the Oct. 16 Austin City Council meeting at 700 Lavaca St. more »

Oct 16, 2014 Central Austin

Austin City Council in June asked city staff to compile regulations that could enable the development of more accessory dwelling units, or ADUs.

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Austin residents invited to discuss rules for accessory dwelling units

Community members are invited to attend an Oct. 20 public meeting to discuss accessory dwelling units, or ADUs. more »

Oct 15, 2014 Central Austin

Construction has been underway for some time on the Google Fiber network, officials revealed Oct. 15.

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Google Fiber targets December to begin Austin installations

Google Fiber is making good on a promise more than a year and a half in the making. more »

Oct 15, 2014 Central Austin 1 Comments

Mayor issues challenge to end veteran homelessness

On Oct. 15, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced a challenge to end veteran homelessness by 2015. more »

Oct 16, 2014 Central Austin

Austin City Council asked city staff to review existing regulations and any proposed code amendments that might allow for the development of more tiny homes.

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Austin releases research on tiny homes

Responding to an Austin City Council resolution seeking more information about tiny homes, city staff released research Oct. 13 that outlines obstacles to building, parking and living in these single-family detached homes—usually on wheels. more »

Oct 14, 2014 Central Austin 3 Comments

UPDATED: Judge strikes down state's voter ID law; law still in effect for Nov. 4 election

U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled Oct. 9 that the state’s voter identification law is unconstitutional. However, the Fifth Circuit Court ruled Oct. 14 that the state's voter ID law would remain in effect for the Nov. 4 election. more »

Oct 10, 2014 Austin Metro

Citizens communication could change at Austin ISD board meetings

The Austin ISD board of trustees could change the way it hears comments from members of the community at board meetings. more »

Oct 14, 2014 Austin Metro

2014 Election HQ

Learn more about the candidates vying for all the major races this election season at the school, city, county and state levels.

Working in #ATX

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

Austin dining

Photo by Joe Lanane

Bess Bistro recently revamped its top staff in anticipation of a new fall menu.

Austin business

Photo by Jennifer Curington

No mass-produced toys can be found at Over the Rainbow, a Tarrytown staple known for its unique selection.

Nonprofit Roundup

Learn about the philanthropic efforts of Austin's many nonprofit groups.

Transportation Updates

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

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

Volunteer Guide

Learn about volunteer opportunities throughout Central Austin this coming year.

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