Best of 2021: Northwest Austin's most read news stories

Cactus covered in ice
A cactus is covered in ice in North Austin on Feb. 11. Severe weather led to icy conditions that knocked out power in thousands of homes across Northwest Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

A cactus is covered in ice in North Austin on Feb. 11. Severe weather led to icy conditions that knocked out power in thousands of homes across Northwest Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

As 2022 kicks off, Community Impact Newspaper recapped the most read news stories of 2021.

From February's winter storm to local development and transportation projects to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, here's what readers in Northwest Austin were most interested in 2021.

1. Natural gas shortages possible in Austin: What to do if your gas service goes out (Feb. 16)

2. Vacancy rates climb for fifth straight quarter in Northwest Austin (May 30)

3. Power outages could last through the night as thousands without power in Northwest Austin (Feb. 11)


4. I-35 at Parmer Lane diverging diamond intersection to open Oct. 9 (Oct. 5)

5. Monumental tech campus projects under construction on Parmer Lane corridor have potential to change the face of Northwest Austin forever (Jan. 28)

6. I-35 news: Flyovers at US 183 in North Austin on track to open by middle of the year (Jan. 31)

7. City buying land off Spicewood Springs Road to convert to nature trails, parkland in Northwest Austin (May 23)

8. Construction of homeless housing complex set to begin in Northwest Austin (Aug. 6)

9. Cases of highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant confirmed in Williamson County (June 25)

10. Watch for new traffic patterns on I-35 in North Austin as TxDOT opens new flyovers, closes existing ramp (April 22)

For more Northwest Austin news, visit communityimpact.com/news/austin/northwest-austin.
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.