Northwest Austin

Stay informed about the latest local news in Northwest Austin, including Capital Metro updates, Austin City Hall coverage, news on the local housing market and more.

1:01 PM Jan 27, 2016 CST

Rising tide of retail rent drowns mom and pop shops

Having 17 years of experience owning an aquarium store, Fishy Business owner Shane Book said anyone setting up a saltwater aquarium in Austin is a fool to consult anyone but him.

Local economics expert calls for new policies to shape Austin’s future

Angelos Angelou, founder of AngelouEconomics, calls for addressing local housing and traffic concerns at the 2016-17 Economic Forecast Jan. 26 at The Long Center.

Austin area sees ‘perfect storm' leading to record year for home sales, prices in 2015

Aaron Farmer, 2016 president of the Austin Board of Realtors, called 2015 the best year on record for Austin real estate.

Four Points Wal-Mart set to close by Jan. 28

Wal-Mart plans to close 269 of its stores globally, including the Four Points-area superstore at 8201 N. RR 620, Austin, according to a Jan. 15 news release. The store will be closed to the public Jan. 28, the company stated.

Austin real estate analyst expects ‘moderate’ increase in housing in 2016

Eldon Rude, principal of local firm 360 Real Estate Analytics, predicts a 'moderate' increase of housing in Austin at the 2016 Greater Austin Housing Forecast.

Oracle announces new campus on Lady Bird Lake

Tech giant Oracle Corp. announced Dec. 22 it plans to build a campus in downtown Austin in the Lakeshore development area. The company also plans to buy adjacent housing and offer it to employees so they can live affordably near the new site.

UFCU president to lead Austin chamber in 2016

Tony Budet will serve as chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

City to create new homestead preservation districts

Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool was among council members who supported the creation of three homestead preservation districts at the council's Dec. 17 meeting.

Cracking the code: Development rules under review

As Austin’s population has grown, so have its rules and processes regulating development. The city’s land development code contains contradictions and hundreds of zoning combinations, making it difficult for developers to build and for residents to know what could be built in their neighborhood.

Advocates aim to grow Austin-area food production

About 20 miles east of Northwest Austin, more than 168,000 lettuce plants grow without dirt in a greenhouse using a process called hydroponics.

Second Bar + Kitchen will expand in space currently occupied by Restaurant Congress

Restaurant Congress will close to make room for Second Bar + Kitchen , a casual concept located next door.

Experts provide a look ahead at local, state and national economy

Economists, researchers and the state comptroller spoke during a Dec. 15 Austin Chamber of Commerce event to provide insight on the future of the economy in Austin as well as Texas and the United States.

40th Armadillo Christmas Bazaar begins Dec. 15

Deemed by organizers to be one of Austin's longest-running art and music festivals, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar returns this year for its 40th anniversary.

Central Health solidifies spot in developing Innovation Zone

Central Health, Travis County's health district, will have a seat at the table in decisions regarding the Innovation Zone near the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.

IMPACT ROUNDUP: New stores opening during holiday season in The Domain

Phase 2 of The Domain between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s is slated to receive a slew of new businesses, many of them local, in December and early 2016.

Education, jobs data shared at Austin chamber event

Employment is the common ground between education and commerce, Indeed Senior Vice President Paul D'Arcy said Nov. 17 at the annual Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce State of Education luncheon.

Expedia to acquire Austin-based HomeAway

In October 2014, HomeAway opened its fourth Austin office at The Domain.

Mueller affordable homes subjected to significant property tax increases

The affordable homes program in the Mueller neighborhood has been subject to higher-than-usual property assessments this year. Residents and appraisal officials are working to clarify state law to determine what exact values should be assessed on the homes.

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Austin Gourmet Popcorn to open Oct. 30 in Northwest Austin

Austin Gourmet Popcorn , a family-run business specializing in flavored popcorn and gifts, will open Oct. 30 in the shopping center Anderson Arbor in Northwest Austin.

Is Austin’s craft beer market saturated?

North Austin is brimming with craft beer, but experts and local brewers say the area is far from saturation.

City Council could vote on Austin Convention Center master plan Oct. 15

A long-range master plan that outlines recommendations for expanding Austin Convention Center comes before City Council on Oct. 15 for potential approval.

Austin deemed fashionable place to expand apparel industry based on city report

Austin's fashion industry is poised to grow should it receive additional resources and focus more on wearable technology apparel, according to a city-funded economic development report released Oct. 2.