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Peter McCrady

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Peter came to Community Impact Newspaper in August 2012 and reports on the happenings of Central Austin, including the Austin City Council. He has previously worked in public radio and at other newspapers, covering topics including crime, courts, features, education, city and business.

Austin B-cycle launched in December, and officials said the system has been a popular mode of transportation.

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Austin B-cycle sees success after launch

As the city of Austin settles down after another South by Southwest Music and Media Festival, bike-share program Austin B-cycle is still riding high from its boost in ridership and popularity. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

City Council denied Weather Up's appeal for extended hours.

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Bar and restaurant Weather Up fails to get extended hours

Some East Austin neighborhood members successfully rallied against the extension of operating hours for restaurant Weather Up. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Council reviews mid-year budget amendments

City Council set stricter guidelines for mid-year budget amendments at its April 10 meeting. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

SMART housing criteria to see further review

A code amendment process for Safe, Mixed-income, Accessible, Reasonably-priced and Transit-oriented Housing, or SMART Housing, regulations was initiated after Austin City Council approved a resolution at its April 10 meeting. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Amendment process for micro-units initiated

City Council members will be considering code amendments relating to removing site area and parking requirements for micro-unit residences after the process was initiated with a resolution at the March 27 meeting. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Austin seeks to assist its growing aging population

City officials and community leaders are looking for ways to stem the tide of possible effects of the “Silver Tsunami.” more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin 3 Comments

Austin boards and commissions transition under discussion

The Boards and Commissions Transition Task Force presented to City Council potential recommendations to help the city align its existing advisory entities with the new 10-1 governance system. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Along with professional-level theater, ZACH Theatre also creates custom sets, props and costumes.

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ZACH Theatre

It is the art of theater and community engagement that takes center stage at the nonprofit ZACH Theatre. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

The iConcierge

After digitizing her own music collection, it did not take Jessica O’Connell long to realize that others could use her help with the arduous task. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Rooster Teeth CEO Matt Hullum is moving his business from its South Austin location to a new space at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st St.

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Rooster Teeth

Local digital production company Rooster Teeth is continuing to take a bite out of the new media apple, as the company recently found a new location to set up shop. more »

Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM Central 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 2:58 PM Central 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 1:31 PM Central 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 11:42 AM 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 8:51 AM 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.

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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 12:00 AM Central Austin

For sisters Shauna (left) and Sarah Dodds, owners of Backstage Design Studio, their 2014 Grammy win was only the latest success in a history of recognition. Their work on an 2012 Reckless Kelly album was nominated for a Grammy.

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Backstage Design Studio

Backstage Design Studio, a local design studio started by sisters Shauna and Sarah Dodds, won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for their work on “Long Night Moon” album by Reckless Kelly that features hidden messages, and codes. more »

Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Writers exercise some freewriting in a free workshop hosted by Writership.

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Writership

Writing can often be a very solitary act, but the founders of Writership believe a community can help authors find the right words. more »

Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Nature's Treasures owner Karen Richards said the store is the largest metaphysical rock store in Texas.

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Nature’s Treasures

Austin may be synonymous with live music, but the city has room for more than just one type of rock. more »

Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

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

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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 12:00 AM Central 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 »

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