Top 10: These were Southwest Austin's most-read stories of 2021

Work on the Oak Hill Parkway project remains a top focus in Southwest Austin. (Courtesy Falcon Sky Photography)
Work on the Oak Hill Parkway project remains a top focus in Southwest Austin. (Courtesy Falcon Sky Photography)

Work on the Oak Hill Parkway project remains a top focus in Southwest Austin. (Courtesy Falcon Sky Photography)

Here's are the 10 stories published throughout 2021 that garnered the most views from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of Southwest Austin. Stories centered on COVID-19, Tesla, local development and Winter Storm Uri.

1. Take a look at Austin ISD’s newly approved calendar for the 2021-22 school year

Published Feb. 26, 2021

Austin ISD announced its 2021-22 schedule early this year.

2. Story to watch in 2021: Tesla’s gigafactory set for completion by year’s end


Published Jan. 18, 2021

Tesla had a year full of announcements for the Austin area, including its headquarters relocation and a local hiring program.

3. H-E-B submits first plans for store on Nutty Brown property in Southwest Austin

Published March 12, 2021

Information on the grocery chain's plans for a new Dripping Springs store first came out in March.

4. Without water service? Austin Water outage map shows you are not alone

Published Feb. 19, 2021

Water system issues were widespread throughout the city during Winter Storm Uri.

5. Bowling alley burger dive named after a cult film upends expectations in Austin

Published Oct. 25, 2021

Reporter Olivia Aldridge took readers inside “The Big Lebowski"-inspired burger joint.

6. Dripping Springs reviewing 1,657-acre mixed-use project north of downtown

Published March 17, 2021

Readers took interest in initial plans for a 2,240-residence development in Dripping Springs.

7. New 18-acre shopping center in South Austin to open on Congress Ave. this fall

Published July 26, 2021

The new plaza was expected to begin store openings by November.

8. $674 million Oak Hill Parkway project set to begin in South Austin, but opponents are not giving up the fight

Published Feb. 24, 2021

The area's most noteworthy transportation project continued development throughout the year.

9. Texas residents age 50 and older eligible for vaccinations beginning March 15

Published March 10, 2021

COVID-19 remained in focus through 2021, including vaccination efforts that ramped up through the first part of the year.

10. Two projects totaling 1,348 new homes under development in Dripping Springs

Published Jan. 13, 2021

Development in Dripping Springs peaked this year, eventually prompting an extended halt for all new projects.
By Ben Thompson

Austin City Hall Reporter

Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston. He spent more than two years reporting on Montgomery County and The Woodlands area before moving to Austin in 2021 to cover City Hall and other news throughout the city. Contact Ben with questions, tips or feedback at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @BThompson_CI.