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Hispanic population on the rise

The Hispanic population has been the largest-growing segment of the population in Austin for the past few years, and Southwest Austin is seeing that growth in action, city of Austin Demographer Ryan Robinson said.

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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.

Courtesy Steve Pustelnyk/Mobility Authority

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

Study in progress for S. MoPac

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation are partnering on the MoPac South Project designed to improve efficiency and travel times along the roadway. more »

Apr 22, 2015 7:15 AM Southwest 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

Building on W. Hwy. 71

The Hwy. 71 corridor from Hwy. 290 to the city of Bee Cave is home to several projects that are under construction or almost finished. more »

Apr 22, 2015 7:15 AM Southwest Austin

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

Courtesy Austin Water Utility

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

Cherry Creek unveils community garden, city takes applications for more neighborhood improvements

Residents in the Cherry Creek neighborhood will soon celebrate a completed community garden thanks in part to assistance from Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program. more »

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

From left: Austin ISD board of trustees members Amber Elenz and Gina Hinojosa listen to public comment with AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz at a meeting March 30.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD board may vote on south high school land by August

Austin ISD could be closer to buying land in south Austin for a potential school site, as the board is planning to schedule a vote about the land purchase in August. more »

Apr 13, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson and RideScout CEO and founder Joseph Kopser are both involved in the launch of MobilityATX, which is an initiative designed to encourage residents to submit solutions to traffic congestion.

Amy Denney

Austin traffic initiative encourages residents to submit solutions

The newest initiative to find solutions to Austin’s traffic congestion, MobilityATX, launched April 13 and asks residents to come up with creative ideas on how to fix the problem. more »

Apr 13, 2015 2:21 PM Northwest Austin 2 Comments

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt thanks her staff for their hard work. Shown (l-r) are Loretta Farb, Peter Einhorn, Eckhardt, Maya Reisman and Joe Hon.

Kara Nuzback

Travis County judge describes busy first 100 days

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt discussed her first 100 days in office on April 9 in the Travis County Commissioners Courtroom. more »

Apr 9, 2015 2:15 PM Northwest Austin

An Oak Hill Parkway context sensitive solutions workshop took place April 7 at Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Kelli Weldon

Oak Hill Parkway landscaping, sustainability designs revealed

Oak Hill Parkway preliminary design updates, such as landscaping, xeriscaping and constructing retaining walls, were revealed during an April 7 workshop at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. more »

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin ISD makes May 22 make-up day after weather closure

Austin ISD will use May 22 as a make-up day for students following its closure of all schools earlier this year because of winter weather conditions March 5. more »

Apr 8, 2015 10:16 AM Austin Metro

A plate of brisket comes with two sides or a side and dessert.

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Stakeholders will gather to find solutions for barbecue smoke complaints

Stakeholders, including restaurant business owners and neighbors affected by smoke from barbecue restaurants, will begin to meet and possibly create a city ordinance to manage smoke emissions. more »

Apr 2, 2015 4:33 PM Central Austin 1 Comments

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

Courtesy city of Austin

COUNCIL ROUNDUP: April 2, 2015

Austin City Council met April 2, 2015 with 38 agenda items, 25 of which were on the consent agenda. more »

Apr 2, 2015 1:12 PM Central Austin

Austin Mayor Steve Adler spoke April 1 during a Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Jennifer Curington

Mayor outlines first three months in office during Austin chamber luncheon

Austin Mayor Steve Adler spoke to Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce members April 1. more »

Apr 1, 2015 1:55 PM Central Austin

Orange Coworking will open April 2.

Courtesy Dean Siracuse

Coworking space opens April 2 in Southwest Austin

New local business Orange Coworking will open April 2 at 2110 W. Slaughter Lane, Ste. 160. more »

Mar 31, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin ISD District 1 trustee Edmund Gordon was present at the board of trustees meeting March 30, 2015.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD to examine equity with self-assessment

The Austin ISD board of trustees approved a committee recommendation March 30 to move forward with a self-assessment on equity, diversity and inclusion in the district. more »

Mar 31, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

Capital Metro set another record-breaking year for South by Southwest ridership on its MetroRail and MetroRapid bus service with more than 100,000 boardings on both.

Courtesy Capital Metro

Capital Metro sees 15 percent spike in MetroRapid, rail ridership during SXSW

Capital Metro set another record-breaking year in 2015 for South by Southwest ridership on its MetroRail and MetroRapid bus service. more »

Mar 31, 2015 9:33 AM Austin Metro 6 Comments

Committee discusses changes to Major Events Trust Fund

A name change and new eligible events could be coming to the Major Events Trust Fund, which uses state and local tax revenue to help pay for the costs of hosting eligible events. more »

Mar 27, 2015 9:55 AM Austin Metro

Marc Ott, Austin City Manager, announces efforts to improve traffic congestion with Mayor Steve Adler and District 5 Councilwoman Ann Kitchen. Kitchen chairs the council's committee on mobility.

Jennifer Curington

Austin to implement new approaches to ease traffic congestion in April

Austin drivers will notice new approaches to reducing traffic congestion in the next two to three weeks. more »

Mar 27, 2015 10:08 AM Austin Metro 1 Comments

Don’t Stop Rockin’

Photo by Joe Olivieri

School aims to get students amped about music

Fire Bowl Café

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Restaurant chain started in Sunset Valley

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