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9:50 AM Jul 28, 2022 CDT

Austin-area office rental rates increasing as vacancies decrease

Throughout the Austin metro, office spaces are seeing an increase in demand for large office spaces, but according to a report from AQUILA, demand does not always mean signed leases.


Capital Metro approves changes to fare card, lowers rates for low-income residents

The two new resolutions will cap fares for all passengers and reduce overall fees for low-income riders.


No relief in rental rate for greater Austin

Low inventory to blame for soaring prices



Travis County commissioners approve performance audit on Central Health

On July 26, Travis County commissioners voted to conduct a performance audit on Central Health after members from the Austin Taxpayers Union, the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens alleged Central Health has lacked financial transparency.


Toxic algae detected at Barking Springs in Austin following dog death

The Austin Watershed Protection Department detected potent neurotoxin dihydroanatoxin A, the same toxin that killed five dogs after swimming in Lady Bird Lake in 2019.


Council weighs 'calculated risk' with new management of downtown Austin homeless shelter

California-based Urban Alchemy has been tapped to manage the ARCH as its longtime operator is stepping away.


2 Austin restaurants to visit before they close this summer

Sala and Betty is slated to close at the end of July, and Plow Bao will close Aug. 20.



UT Austin responds to first confirmed monkeypox case on campus

Students say they still feel safe on campus after the first campus monkeypox case was reported a little over a week ago, although some say not much information has been made available to students.


Texas receives over 14,000 monkeypox vaccines as cases rise

Over 5,000 doses have been sent to Dallas County, and others will be distributed to local health departments.


MezzeMe Turkish Kitchen celebrates five years in Austin

As MezzeMe Turkish Kitchen owner Mahmud “Moody” Ugur reflects on the restaurant’s fifth anniversary, he thinks of all the changes it has undergone, along with the family, friendship and fun that has been at the heart of the business.


Groups rally for $300M housing bond proposal; city projects tax rate increase

City officials and community organizations gathered July 21 for an event supporting a potential affordable housing bond.



Crossing guard shortage hitting Austin public schools

Austin Public Works is currently dealing with an unprecedented number of crossing guard vacancies.


Austin bets on bigger development along corridors amid ongoing housing crisis

Two city policy changes will allow for more housing along corridors where city leaders feel the development will be better received and will provide access to amenities and public transportation.


Austin Water will not increase rates in upcoming year, but will look toward FY 2023-24 hikes

The utility will not increase its rates for the fifth year in a row, but it will look to do so in FY 2023-24.


Texas higher education institutions receive $15 million for workforce development

The funds support community or state technical colleges with vocational training programs lasting up to six months.



Early data: Vision Zero’s traffic safety efforts are saving Austin lives

Since 2016, Vision Zero has been improving safety on 19 intersections.


While some worry about enforcement, local leaders and traffic experts count on lowering speed limits to save lives

Speed limits on nearly 50 roads throughout Austin were lowered in June.


Experts emphasize fire safety, emergency preparedness amid abnormally dry conditions throughout Texas

Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by people. With dry vegetation and minimal rainfall, experts encourage Texans to be aware of their surroundings and obey local restrictions.


Austin Energy's proposed 2023 budget would raise monthly bill by over $15 for average homeowner

Costs are outpacing revenue, so Austin Energy is proposing to raise base rates as part of its regular base rate review.



2022 Central Texas Housing Summit highlights challenges faced by developers over the next year

The half-day summit addressed some of the conflict developers have with local government, as well as hopes for the future.


Breakdown: Here is what is in the proposed $190B Samsung expansions in Taylor and Austin

All told, the proposed expansions add up to about $190 billion. Put into perspective, the fiscal year 2020-21 budget for the state of Texas was about $260 billion.