Joe Olivieri

Joe has been covering Southwest Austin news since he joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2011. His reporting focuses on new businesses, development, transportation, industry and Travis County issues. Joe hails from New Jersey. 


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Drought conditions persist

If Central Texas hopes to escape its ongoing drought, the area will need more significant rainfall than what recent storms have produced, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

John “Magic” Wright poses with a magic elevator, the first illusion in his hourlong magic act.

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Magic’s Theater & Museum

The great magicians of old have died or retired, but the illusions they popularized are as entertaining as ever. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Troxclair to represent Austin City Council District 8

Ellen Troxclair will represent District 8 on the Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:08 PM Vote Central Texas

Renteria to represent District 3 on Austin City Council

According to unofficial results, Sabino "Pio" Renteria will represent District 3 on Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:06 PM Vote Central Texas

A stage and big screen are intended for future special events at Google Fiber's new downtown space on Colorado Street.

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Google Fiber opens downtown showroom

Google Inc. opened a downtown showroom for its gigabit-speed Internet service, Google Fiber, and began signing up South Austin residents Dec. 1. more »

Dec 4, 2014 9:31 AM Central Austin

The fajita plate ($9.25) comes with a choice of chicken or skirt steak, rice, beans and sides.

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Mariana’s Kitchen Restaurant

Owner Mariana Mendez said she and her staff serve all of the standards of popular Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine—such as enchiladas, fajitas and combination plates—with a homestyle approach. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Google, AT&T bring gigabit speeds to South Austin

Austin added to its reputation as a wired city last year when Internet service providers announced plans to launch ultra-high-speed connections in the next few years. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Clearing the way for new urban trails

Area civic groups say they still have a long road ahead of them before they can open new trails in Southwest Austin. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

ARM to flex in Southwest Austin

ARM Inc. plans to invest $56 million in capital projects in Travis County during the next five years, including $12 million on a new facility at 5707 Southwest Parkway, according to Travis County documents. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The new Oak Hill Park & Ride includes 100 parking spaces as well as motorcycle and bicycle parking.

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Capital Metro reopens park and ride

Capital Metro reopened the Oak Hill Park & Ride at the southeast corner of the William Cannon Drive and West Hwy. 290 intersection on Nov. 3, spokeswoman Melissa Ayala said. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Neighbors gather Oct. 30 to protest the proposed St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project.

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Council approves St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project despite protests

St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts, a proposed mixed-use development on Industrial Boulevard, will move forward. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM , Southwest Austin

Freescale to give marathon proceeds to help STEM nonprofit

​Freescale Foundation will donate all proceeds from the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon to support education nonprofit First in Texas Foundation, the groups announced in mid-November. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:31 PM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

PhoNatic’s Bun Thit Heo Nuong is grilled marinated pork with vermicelli noodles and vegetables ($7.95).

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PhoNatic Vietnamese Cuisine

In 2010 Pat Lee noticed Vietnamese food had not yet gone mainstream. He and his wife, Sara, were operating a franchise of a Houston-based Vietnamese restaurant at the time. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM , Cedar Park | Leander

The Steak Diablo ($21) is an 8-ounce Black Angus flat-iron steak with three Diablo shrimp and chipotle cream and is served with pico de gallo and fire-roasted jalapeno hollandaise.

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Chisos Grill

Chisos Grill takes a fine dining, gluten-free approach to Southwestern cuisine, co-owner and Executive Chef Chad Jones said. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Kitchen avoids runoff and wins Austin City Council District 5 race

Ann Kitchen has avoided a runoff and is expected to win the race for Austin City Council District 5. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:41 PM Vote Central Texas

Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt

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Eckhardt, Shea, Gomez to serve on Travis County Commissioners Court

According to final unofficial results, Democrat Sarah Eckhardt has won the race to be the next Travis County Judge. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:38 PM Vote Central Texas

Neighbors rally against the proposed St. Elmo's Market and Lofts project, which they say will increase traffic, raise costs and not fit with the area's industrial character, among other concerns.

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Neighbors, businesses rally against St. Elmo's Market and Lofts project

Residents and local business employees marched along Industrial Boulevard Oct. 30 in protest of the proposed St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project. more »

Oct 30, 2014 11:47 AM Southwest Austin 3 Comments

Study: Circuit of The Americas has $897M economic impact

Circuit of the Americas produced an $897 million economic impact to the Austin region from October 2013 to September 2014, according to a new study. more »

Oct 28, 2014 1:37 PM Austin Metro 1 Comments