11:34 AM Oct 18, 2019 CDT

New coworking space opening in East Austin

The Cathedral, a new coworking space, gallery and events venue, will open in late October at 2403 E. 16th …


Austin City Council approves zoning changes for controversial 97-acre “urban village” on East Riverside

As protesters’ chants carried into chambers from outside City Hall, Austin City Council members voted 6-3 to approve zoning changes for 4700 Riverside, a 97-acre mixed-use project planned at the intersection of East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road.


Austin’s new homelessness ordinances ban camping on sidewalks but allow sitting and lying down

City Council banned public camping from sidewalks throughout the city but will permit sitting and lying down unless it is 15 feet from an operating business in an Oct. 17 vote that marked a major step forward in the strenuous debate over a pair of laws that directly impact the homeless.



Junior League of Austin celebrates opening of new headquarters

The Junior League of Austin celebrated Oct. 17 the opening of its new 48,000-square-foot headquarters in Northwest Austin.


Waterloo Greenway urban parks project to run from 15th Street to Lady Bird Lake

Local nonprofit Waller Creek Conservancy announced Aug. 21 the name for its ongoing urban parks project. Waterloo Greenway will run 1.5 miles along a restored Waller Creek from 15th Street to Lady Bird Lake. The first phase of construction—Waterloo Park, an 11-acre park at East 15th and Red River streets—will open in fall 2020. Waller Creek Conservancy, located at 1111 Red River St., Austin, also rebranded as the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy. 512-541-3520. www.waterloogreenway.org


Construction begins on $10 million Pease Park improvement project

Ten years ago, Pease Park Conservancy CEO Heath Riddles said Austin’s oldest public park was “collapsing.”


Anderson Lane location of East Side Pies now closed

East Side Pies closed its store at 1809 W. Anderson Lane, Austin on Aug. 18, according to a post on the company’s Instagram. The pizzeria has extended the delivery area of its Airport Boulevard location. 512-454-7437. www.eastsidepies.com



Data: Austin home prices rise 12% in September while new listings remain flat

The median price of a single-family home in the city of Austin increased nearly 12% to $406,000 in September, according to an Oct. 15 housing market report released by the Austin Board of Realtors.


New state law prohibits mobile voting, causes 'substantial' loss to Travis County

A new state law that took effect Sept. 1 and prohibits the use of temporary polling places will hinder voter turnout in Travis County, local officials said.


City Council prioritizes changing Austin’s public camping laws by Oct. 17

Nearly four months after Austin City Council’s controversial decision to decriminalize public camping , sitting and lying down—bans on which critics said targeted the homeless population—the city’s elected officials are gearing up to vote this week on further changes to those laws.


Membersy relocates headquarters to Barton Springs Road

Membersy, a locally based oral health startup that provides dentists with membership programs, moved its …



Torchy’s Tacos to close original South First Street brick-and-mortar

In the spring of 2018, Torchy’s Tacos decided to close its original trailer on South First Street that started the franchise for owner Mike Rypka. On Oct. 22, the first brick-and-mortar Torchy’s will also close its doors.


New pedestrian commons coming to Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

The Trail Foundation revealed plans Aug. 17 for the new Drake Bridge Commons, a planned project on the north end of the Drake Bridge, which crosses the Colorado River from Cesar Chavez Street to South First Street. According to a Trail Foundation release, Rios Clementi Hale Studios will lead the conceptual design of the project, which will be part of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. 855-448-7245. www.thetrailfoundation.org


New day spa open on South Lamar Boulevard

Austin Urban Retreat, a day spa at 3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, opened Oct. 1 in the strip mall that includes …


Stepping Stone School celebrates 40th anniversary

Stepping Stone School—a locally owned preschool and early childhood program with four locations in Central …



Austin metered parking rates could reach $5 per hour this year depending on demand

The city announced earlier this week that starting Oct. 14, metered parking rates would increase to $2 per hour, up from the current rates of $1 per hour and $1.20 per hour downtown. However, that may not be the last rate increase drivers see this year.



New student housing community opens at UT

Muze, a new student housing community at The University of Texas, opened Aug. 18 at 2100 Nueces St., Austin. …


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demands Austin reinstate its ban on public camping

In a second letter in as many weeks to Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demanded Austin reinstate its ban on public camping as a means to address the city’s growing homelessness challenge.



Austin’s long-awaited homelessness strategy officer leaves position after one month

Citing “family obligations,” Lori Pampilo Harris, the city’s long-sought-after homelessness strategy officer, will vacate the position after only one month on the job, according to city officials.


TxDOT seeks feedback on adding new lanes to I-35 at October open houses

The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to invest $700 million to add one to two lanes in each direction on I-35 in Central Texas.


Greener on the other side? Amid population growth and historic divides, Austin organizations work toward park equity

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, a 10-mile loop around Lady Bird Lake, is unique in that it reaches from the west side of Austin to the east.


Early looks at newly proposed land-use code highlight its limited role in Austin’s affordable housing goals

The most recent draft of the proposed overhaul of Austin’s land development code—the rules governing what can be built in the city and where—shows revisions that boost the city’s income-restricted housing capacity from 1,500 to 8,841.