Peter McCrady


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.

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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

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

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

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

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SXSW panel looks at what makes Austin unique

In the midst of Austin’s changing landscape because of its growth and popularity, a South by Southwest Music and Media Festival panel said it is important to understand what makes the city an attractive place to locate. more »

Mar 12, 2014 SXSW

Adam Savage delivers his keynote address on art and science at the 2014 South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

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Adam Savage talks education, science, art during SXSW Monday keynote

"Mythbusters" co-host Adam Savage told the South by Southwest Music and Media Festival March 10 that creativity and scientific thought do not have to be two separate processes more »

Mar 11, 2014 SXSW (1 Comments)

SXSW Gaming Expo attendees test their skills in the SXSW Table Top area. One game played in this section is the card game Magic: The Gathering.

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Slideshow: SXSW Gaming

Another aspect of South by Southwest Music and Media Festival is the Gaming Expo. more »

Mar 10, 2014 , SXSW

Speaker says Austin provides strong environment to start and grow new businesses

Austin has fertile ground for those interested in starting their own business, said Bijoy Goswami, an Austin resident who specializes in helping people understand and create entrepreneurship plans. more »

Mar 9, 2014 SXSW (1 Comments)

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El Chile owner Carlos Rivero said he has received a warm reception to the move to South First Street.

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El Chile Cafe y Cantina

After setting up shop at several different Austin locations throughout its 10-year history, El Chile Cafe y Cantina has found another spot for the local restaurant at 1816 S. First St. more »

Sep 26, 2013 Central Austin

Nick Cruz (left) and Debbie Davis, partners in Counter Cafe, use fresh, local ingredients in entrees.

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Counter Cafe

Counter Cafe, located at 626 N. Lamar Blvd., might not have a lot of space—the restaurant is about 700 square feet—but that does not stop the staff from filling bellies and aiming for a friendly atmosphere. more »

Aug 22, 2013 Central Austin

Rommanee Swasdee, owner and chef at Satay, 3202 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 205, prepares a stir-fry entree.

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In the kitchen of Satay, a 26-year-old Thai restaurant, customers can still find owner Rommanee Swasdee behind a stove, wok in hand. more »

May 23, 2013 Central Austin

David Hatley, general manager of Southside Flying Pizza, says staff uses fresh ingredients in its pizzas.

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Southside Flying Pizza

here are a lot of things going on at Southside Flying Pizza, from airborne pizza dough to colorful murals surrounding the building, but David Hatley, general manager of the restaurant, said the real show is the pizza. more »

Mar 28, 2013 Central Austin