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Red River Street closed

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Red River Street closed for realignment

Red River Street will move to its original footprint as part of a realignment project underway on The University of Texas campus.

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The Austin ISD board of trustees named Paul Cruz as interim superintendent at an April 15 board meeting.

Kelli Weldon

Paul Cruz named interim superintendent of Austin ISD

At its April 15 meeting, the Austin ISD board of trustees named its Chief Schools Officer Paul Cruz interim superintendent and approved a request for proposals for a firm to help with a search for a permanent superintendent. more »

Apr 15, 2014 Austin Metro

The Project Connect team has released its preferred stop locations for the high-capacity transit route. The orange circles represents ares where the team is still considering options to cross the lake and maneuver through the Hancock area.

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Transit planners weigh urban rail, BRT options and crossing Lady Bird Lake

Project Connect planners are still weighing options of investing in either urban rail or bus-rapid transit in downtown Austin and how that transit would cross Lady Bird Lake. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Northwest Austin

GENaustin, or Girls Empowerment Network, is a nonprofit that aims to provide young girls support and guidance during their adolescence.


GENaustin to host financial literacy workshop for girls ages 11–18 on April 12

GENaustin is scheduled to host an event for girls ages 11–18 to teach them about financial literacy April 12. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Northwest Austin

Council looks at budget amendment process

The City Council set stricter guidelines for mid-year budget amendments at the April 10 meeting. The ordinance passed 7-0. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Central Austin

President Obama talks LBJ's legacy, civil rights

President Barack Obama delivered a half-hour keynote address on President Lyndon Johnson's contributions to civil rights and the country's responsibility to continue his work at the Civil Rights Summit on April 10. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Austin Metro (1 Comments)

Toy Joy relocated to Second Street—pictured here in December—in 2013 before closing in mid-March.

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Toy Joy will reopen April 12

The iconic Austin operation will reopen after being closed nearly one month. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD board begins process for naming interim superintendent

At an April 7 work session, Austin ISD's board of trustees planned for the possibility that Superintendent Meria Carstarphen could leave the district to lead Atlanta Public Schools. more »

Apr 8, 2014 Austin Metro

Courtesy TxDOT

Retired Marine general chosen as new TxDOT chief

Retired Gen. Joe Weber, a vice president at Texas A&M University, was selected April 4 as the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. more »

Apr 7, 2014 Austin Metro

Austin Chamber debuts 2013 Education Progress Reports

Each year, the Austin Chamber leads regional efforts to track K-12 school district performance. This year, the reports cover 12 school districts in Central Texas including Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD. more »

Apr 3, 2014 Austin Metro

During the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Education Progress Reports luncheon, Bazaarvoice CEO Gene Austin acknowledged the achievements of Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who was recently named the sole finalist to lead Atlanta Public Schools.

Kelli Weldon

Carstarphen speaks up about potential Atlanta move

During the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Education Progress Reports luncheon, Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who was recently named the sole finalist to lead Atlanta Public Schools, thanked the district and community. more »

Apr 3, 2014 Austin Metro

Parents talk about potential solutions for overcrowded schools with Austin ISD staff at a community engagement meeting April 1 at Akins High School.

Kelli Weldon

Overcrowding, boundary changes a focus at Austin ISD facility meeting

Solutions to alleviate overcrowding at schools throughout Austin ISD was a subject of concern for parents who attended a facility master plan, or FMP, community engagement meeting at Akins High School on April 1. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Southwest Austin

Bar and restaurant WeatherUp fails to get extended hours

Some East Austin neighborhood and community members successfully rallied against the extension of operating hours for restaurant Weather Up. Austin City Council denied Weather Up’s appeal for extended hours 6–1 during its March 27 meeting. more »

Apr 1, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD board of trustees President Vincent Torres speaks to media about the district's search for a new superintendent before the board's March 31 meeting.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD board begins superintendent search discussion

Austin ISD's board of trustees took the first steps in the search for a new superintendent during executive session at its regular board meeting March 31. more »

Apr 1, 2014 Austin Metro

Medical device manufacturer to relocate headquarters to The Domain, create 110 jobs

Ottobock Healthcare LP announced March 31 the company will relocate its North American regional headquarters to The Domain, a move expected to create 110 jobs and result in a $4.6 million investment. more »

Mar 31, 2014 Northwest Austin

Post-SXSW evaluation approved by council

The South By Southwest Music and Media Conference is going to get an extra look from the city of Austin after Austin City Council passed 7-0 a resolution for a post-event analysis. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, seen here at a September board of trustees meeting, will have her contract extended by one year to June 30, 2015.

Kelli Fontenot

Austin ISD superintendent could leave district for Atlanta Public Schools

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has been named the sole finalist to lead Atlanta Public Schools, said Vincent Torres, president of AISD's board of trustees, at a news conference March 27. more »

Mar 27, 2014 Austin Metro

Project Connect planners discuss bridge, tunnel to cross Lady Bird Lake for urban rail

The Project Connect team is considering three options for rail or bus-rapid transit to cross Lady Bird Lake that would cost between $175 million and $475 million. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Northwest Austin

Austin benefits from multiple providers of gigabit-level Internet service

A competition to provide Austinites access to gigabit-level Internet speeds is creating options for many residents who previously had only one. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Parks are one area where city officials are looking at possibly using public-private partnerships.

Photo by Peter McCrady

City looks at P3s as possible method for new development

As municipal budgets tighten and Austin continues to see development, partnerships between government and non-public entities may help the city advance its priorities through private projects. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin

An urban forest is defined as all trees and vegetation in a geographic area bounded by municipal jurisdiction with typically more than 50,000 people.

Photo by Peter McCrady

City adopts Urban Forest Master Plan

Austin City Council planted a vision for the city’s trees after adopting an Urban Forest Master Plan at its March 6 meeting. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin

Crestview neighborhood pushes for park

Austin City Council may soon determine the fate of a long-coveted neighborhood park in Crestview. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin

Disc golf course getting face-lift, new equipment

City officials expect to see frisbees flying on a fully renovated disc golf course at the Zilker Metropolitan Park by this summer. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin

Project Connect team to discuss North Corridor bus, rail plans at upcoming events

The planning team behind the Project Connect North Corridor that stretches from downtown Austin to Georgetown will discuss at several upcoming events the final draft of bus and rail services designed to connect the region. more »

Mar 25, 2014 Northwest Austin

Mayor of Austin to declare Community Impact Newspaper Day

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell will pay a visit to Community Impact Newspaper’s new headquarters March 26 for a tour of the facilities and to deliver a proclamation declaring March 27 Community Impact Newspaper Day. more »

Mar 24, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Capital Metro ridership during SXSW increased more than 50 percent

With extended hours and a new bus system, Capital Metro ridership increased between 50–70 percent during this year’s South by Southwest conferences and festivals. more »

Mar 25, 2014 Northwest Austin

AISD hosts public input meetings for facility master plan

At regional meetings, Austin ISD is gathering input from the public in March and April on the development of its facility master plan. more »

Mar 24, 2014 Austin Metro

CAMPO asks public for input on regional transportation needs

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is responsible for coordinating regional transportation efforts, is hosting six public meetings to receive feedback about the public’s priorities. more »

Mar 21, 2014 Austin Metro

Occupancy limit lowered by Austin City Council

Only four unrelated adults will be allowed to live in single-family zoned property after Austin City Council passed an ordinance March 20 to changing the city’s occupancy limit. more »

Mar 21, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Courtesy Terry Mitchell

New Capital Metro board member has housing development experience

Capital Metro announced March 19 that it will appoint Momark Development LLC President Terry Mitchell to replace Frank Fernandez, who resigned in January. more »

Mar 20, 2014 Northwest Austin

Austin real estate market hits all-time February highs

Record home sales and prices highlighted a record February in the Austin real estate market. more »

Mar 20, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD seeks suggestions for renaming middle school

Pearce Middle School could have a new name by the start of the 2014–15 school year. At a March 17 work session, the Austin ISD board discussed the timeline for possibly renaming the school, which will open in August as an all-girls school. more »

Mar 18, 2014 Austin Metro

Elisabet Ney Museum in Hyde Park will undergo renovations early next year as part the city's long-term plan to restore the art museum.

Courtesy Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Improvements slated at longtime Hyde Park art museum

The oldest art museum in Texas is slated to receive some much-needed repairs. more »

Mar 12, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Austin City Councilman Chris Riley, left, joins volunteers at Wooldridge Sqaure on March 1 during It's My Park Day, an annual parks cleanup event hosted by Austin Parks Foundation.

Courtesy Austin Parks Foundation

It’s My Park Day sets volunteer records

The Austin Parks Foundation hosted its largest single-day cleanup effort to date March 1 with It’s My Park Day. more »

Mar 7, 2014 Central Austin

2014 Summer Camp Guide

Browse the wide array of summer camp offerings this year through this convenient, easy-to-follow Summer Camp Guide.

Austin Arts

Photo by Peter McCrady

Keep up with Central Austin's expansive arts and entertainment scene with this new section.

Austin dining

Photo by Joe Lanane

Longtime Austin staple The Frisco Shop is still going strong after more than 60 years in business.

Austin business

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I-35 shop Nature's Treasures aims to appeal to broad range of geological enthusiasts

Austin business briefs

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Learn more about these three businesses in our monthly roundup.

Austin nonprofit

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Austin Classical Guitar creates curriculum used by instructors worldwide.

Inside Info: MetroRapid

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

Impact Roundup

Can't wait to open the front pages of your monthly print edition? Click below to learn what businesses throughout Central Austin are Now Open, Coming Soon and more.

Coffee With Impact

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Hugh Forrest, director of the SXSW Interactive conference, talks must-see events and predictions.

2014 South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals

Learn more about this year's keynote speakers, trends, SXsports and road closures.

Volunteer Guide

Learn about volunteer opportunities throughout Central Austin this coming year.

Healthcare Directory 2013–14

Recent health care news, local provider listings, urgent cares, clinics, nonprofit stories and more

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