downtown http://kut.org en Hotel or Grocery Store? Two Visions to Redevelop East Austin's Plaza Saltillo http://kut.org/post/hotel-or-grocery-store-two-visions-redevelop-east-austins-plaza-saltillo <p><strong>Update</strong>: Capital Metro has chosen a developer for its Plaza Saltillo project, spanning 11-acres that used to be a downtown rail yard.</p><p>The team led by Austin-based Endeavor Real Estate and Dallas’s Columbus Realty was awarded the project at the Capital Metro Board of Directors meeting yesterday.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capital Metro will have the final say on the design. Read below for more.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(May 21):&nbsp;</span>What does the future hold for East Austin's Plaza Saltillo? This week, the city came a few steps closer to finding out.&nbsp;</p><p>For years, Austin's <ins cite="mailto:wd285" datetime="2014-05-21T14:03"><a href="https://www.capmetro.org/">Capital Metro</a></ins> has held 11 acres of land in central east Austin.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Plaza Saltillo region – bound by Interstate 35 on the west, Comal Street on the east, and between E. Fourth and E. Fifth Streets – sits adjacent to Cap Metro's commuter MetroRail line.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:39:26 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Alanah Patterson 10467 at http://kut.org Hotel or Grocery Store? Two Visions to Redevelop East Austin's Plaza Saltillo Photos: New Views of Austin From Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk http://kut.org/post/photos-new-views-austin-lady-bird-lake-boardwalk <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/boardwalk-trail-lady-bird-lake">Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk</a>&nbsp;opened June 7. The 1.3 mile boardwalk&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/photos-heres-sneak-peek-lady-bird-lake-boardwalk">completes a 10-mile loop</a>&nbsp;of trail around the lake.</p><p>While a boon to runner and cyclists, the new boardwalk also lets users view downtown Austin from a fresh vantage point. Many in Austin have already utilized the boardwalk to capture new perspectives of the city after this weekend’s grand opening.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:18:16 +0000 Joseph Baucum 10565 at http://kut.org Photos: New Views of Austin From Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk Building Austin's New Central Library Takes 1,000 Concrete Trucks. They're All Coming This Weekend. http://kut.org/post/building-austins-new-central-library-takes-1000-concrete-trucks-theyre-all-coming-weekend <p>Here's a reason to avoid <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/search/seaholm+plant/@30.2663454,-97.7523446,18z">the Seaholm area</a> near Cesar Chavez Street tonight<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: over 1,000 concrete trucks from Austin and surrounding cities constantly rotating through the area for over 24 hours.</span></p><p>The City of Austin is building <a href="http://kut.org/post/check-out-austin-s-evolving-central-library-design">a new central library</a> at 701 W. Cesar Chavez, near the former Seaholm power plant. Tonight, construction crews are putting in a five-foot deep concrete slab to create the building’s foundation. That’s a big project – requiring a total of 1,020 concrete trucks.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:47:19 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Laura Rice 10389 at http://kut.org Building Austin's New Central Library Takes 1,000 Concrete Trucks. They're All Coming This Weekend. Learning Secrets: An Austin Dance Party Celebrates 10 Years http://kut.org/post/learning-secrets-austin-dance-party-celebrates-10-years <p>When you think of Austin’s "Live Music Capital of the World" status, what kind of music do you think of? Lots of genres may come to mind, but possibly not its thriving underground electronic and dance music scene. Tonight Learning Secrets –&nbsp;one of Austin’s longest running dance parties&nbsp;–&nbsp;celebrates their 10-year anniversary.</p><p>OK. But what is Learning Secrets?<br />&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132366073&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:35:58 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9684 at http://kut.org Learning Secrets: An Austin Dance Party Celebrates 10 Years Texas Musician Joe Ely & Daughter Showcase 'Lostbound' Travels in Art http://kut.org/post/texas-musician-joe-ely-daughter-showcase-lostbound-travels-art <p><em>This story was originally&nbsp;published on Nov. 29.</em></p><p>Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis: They’re all famous musicians who also moonlighted as visual artists. &nbsp;</p><p>Now, Joe Ely – the Flatlander known by many as the Springsteen of the Southwest – joins their ranks. Ely has been keeping sketches, drawings and photographs since he began life on the road in his teens traveling the U.S. and Europe.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123247255&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:57:02 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9283 at http://kut.org Texas Musician Joe Ely & Daughter Showcase 'Lostbound' Travels in Art Wooldridge Park Reopens – Will it Stay a Magnet for Austin’s Homeless? http://kut.org/post/wooldridge-park-reopens-will-it-stay-magnet-austin-s-homeless <p></p><p>After a year-long closure, the chain-linked fence surrounding Wooldridge Park is down and the space is open to the public again.</p><p>The $306,800 renovation covered park improvements including drought-tolerant turf grass, a new irrigation system and electrical upgrades including high-efficiency LED light fixtures.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:06:20 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 8697 at http://kut.org Wooldridge Park Reopens – Will it Stay a Magnet for Austin’s Homeless? Photos: Austin Pride Parade 2013 http://kut.org/post/photos-austin-pride-parade-2013 <p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin Pride festivities paraded through down Austin Saturday night. KUT&nbsp;was there to document it all; take a look at our slideshow below, powered by the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutaustin/">KUT Flickr page</a>. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original post </strong>(Sept. 6): Austin’s annual Pride celebration, which kicked off Sept. 1, builds to a close this weekend. The theme of this year’s events, held by the <a href="http://www.austinpride.org/">Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation</a>? “Love Unites.”</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:07:41 +0000 Emily Mathis 8625 at http://kut.org Photos: Austin Pride Parade 2013 What Are Beehives Doing on a Downtown Austin Hotel Rooftop? http://kut.org/post/what-are-beehives-doing-downtown-austin-hotel-rooftop <p>Sorry bats, there’s been a new wildlife sighting in downtown Austin: a colony of honeybees is now living atop a high-rise boutique hotel.</p><p>In a small clearing between the network of pipes, condensers, fans and ducts that runs across the roof of the W Austin Hotel, ten bright beehives are humming. To create this buzz, the W partnered with <a href="http://honeybeekind.com/#https://www.facebook.com/centraltexasbeerescue?fref=ts">Central&nbsp;Texas Bee Rescue</a>, a local nonprofit on a mission to save the endangered honeybee.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7874 at http://kut.org What Are Beehives Doing on a Downtown Austin Hotel Rooftop? Austin, TX: The Live Comedy Capital Of The World? http://kut.org/post/austin-tx-live-comedy-capital-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">“We’re at a festival, and what is more beautiful than watching someone try?” squeaked Maria&nbsp;</span>Bamford<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;on Thursday night at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/venues/state" style="line-height: 1.5; " target="_blank">Austin’s Stateside Theater.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;The comedian had just attempted a new bit that didn’t quite pay off the way she planned. But she was able to pull it off, thanks to an admission of her own failure and a happy, comedy-loving audience.</span></p><p>Bamford&nbsp;isn’t the only comic trying out new material in Austin: she’s one of a 109 stand-up comedians performing at this year’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/moontower_home.html" target="_blank">Moontower&nbsp;Comedy and Oddity Festival</a>&nbsp;(and one of the more recognizable faces at this year’s festival, either for her series of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9vddkombM" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline; " target="_blank">off-kilter Target commercials</a>&nbsp;or her famously&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZoDIIrp2r4" target="_blank">strange on-stage antics and voices</a>).&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:02:07 +0000 Tyler Pratt 7534 at http://kut.org Austin, TX: The Live Comedy Capital Of The World? At Fusebox Fest, 'Night Gardener' Shines Light on Neglected Spaces http://kut.org/post/fusebox-fest-night-gardener-shines-light-neglected-spaces <p>Artist <a href="http://www.johnnywalkerart.com/JohnnyWalkerArt/home.html">Johnny Walker</a> has become <a href="http://www.johnnywalkerart.com/JohnnyWalkerArt/gardener.html">The Night Gardener</a> for Fusebox Festival, Austin’s integrative, contemporary art fest.&nbsp;</p><p>Walker’s experiential art involves transforming neglected spaces. For example, one Night Gardener project has Walker chalking flower petals around dark globs of gum on the sidewalk – turning an invisible part of the landscape into a whimsical escape.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:01:00 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7390 at http://kut.org At Fusebox Fest, 'Night Gardener' Shines Light on Neglected Spaces Changing the Face of Austin – Starting With Congress Ave. http://kut.org/post/changing-face-austin-starting-congress-ave <p> Will Congress Avenue become the creative core of Austin? Some art and business leaders think so, and they're trying to make it happen.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:49:36 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7240 at http://kut.org Changing the Face of Austin – Starting With Congress Ave. Map: Texas Relays, Austin Urban Music Fest Cause Road Closures http://kut.org/post/map-texas-relays-austin-urban-music-fest-cause-road-closures <p>Austin is keeping busy this weekend — which means there are a few road closures event and non-event goers alike should look out for.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.austinurbanmusicfestival.com/aumf/">Austin Urban Music Festival</a> is coming back to Auditorium Shores this weekend. This year, the two-day festival is featuring musical guests such as <a href="http://Brandy">Brandy</a> and <a href="http://www.anthonyhamilton.com">Anthony Hamilton</a>. Tickets are still available<a href="http://austinurbanmusicfestival.com/aumf/austin-urban-music-festival-tickets.php"> online</a>. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:05:03 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7142 at http://kut.org Map: Texas Relays, Austin Urban Music Fest Cause Road Closures Austin Aims to Cut Back on Downtown Commuter Parking http://kut.org/post/austin-aims-cut-back-downtown-commuter-parking <p></p><p>The Austin City Council is experimenting with a plan to reduce the availability of parking. Today, it approved <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/city-council-examines-alley-activation-parking-overload">a pilot program discussed last meeting</a> “to reduce parking requirements for commercial businesses utilizing trip-reduction strategies.”</p><p>Council member Laura Morrison said the program was designed “to work with businesses around town and do a pilot in terms of allowing a reduction in their parking if there are mobility friendly amenities added.”</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7134 at http://kut.org Austin Aims to Cut Back on Downtown Commuter Parking City Council Examines Alley Activation & Parking Overload http://kut.org/post/city-council-examines-alley-activation-parking-overload <p>The Austin City Council had parking on its mind today. And now Austin is one step closer to eliminating minimum parking requirements for many downtown businesses, and looking at a program could to lessen the number of cars entering downtown.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Pilot Parking Program</strong></p><p>The council heard a briefing on parking program encouraging businesses to reduce car commuting. The program could begin as soon as April, if the council approves a measure next week.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:22:01 +0000 Andrew Weber & Wells Dunbar 7042 at http://kut.org City Council Examines Alley Activation & Parking Overload City Hall Hustle: Luxury Hotels, Affordable Housing & the Zoning Brawl Over Downtown Density http://kut.org/post/city-hall-hustle-luxury-hotels-affordable-housing-zoning-brawl-over-downtown-density <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The City Council adopted the </span><a href="http://kut.org/2011/04/plans-to-increase-downtown-density/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Austin Plan</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in late 2011. With it, the council </span>OK’d<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> what’s called the </span><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/downtown-austins-density-plan-scrutinized" style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Density Bonus Program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It basically says that developers who want to build more densely than the standards allow would have to offer certain community benefits: things like on-site affordable housing or a paying into a fund for affordable housing elsewhere.</span></p><p>But nearly a year and a half later, Austin’s still waiting on specific guidelines for the Density Bonus Program.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:06:25 +0000 Wells Dunbar 7023 at http://kut.org City Hall Hustle: Luxury Hotels, Affordable Housing & the Zoning Brawl Over Downtown Density Can the Lowly Alleyway Transform Downtown Austin? http://kut.org/post/can-lowly-alleyway-transform-downtown-austin <p>When you think about downtown Austin, do you ever think about the spaces between the buildings?</p><p>Probably not, and you're not alone. That’s may be because alleyways – in movies, and sometimes in real life – are usually shady, dirty and even dangerous places. But some local leaders want to bring the city’s alleys back into the light.</p><p>In an alley downtown, I met with Meredith Powell and Dan Cheetham. Powell is with the <a href="http://www.artallianceaustin.org/">Art Alliance</a>&nbsp;Austin.&nbsp;The alley, she says “was laid out in the original 1839 map by Edwin Waller and it is on Ninth&nbsp;Street between Brazos and Congress.”</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:15:36 +0000 Joy Diaz 6977 at http://kut.org Can the Lowly Alleyway Transform Downtown Austin? The Lead: House to Vote on Water Plan, Protecting Capitol Views http://kut.org/post/lead-house-vote-water-plan-protecting-capitol-views <p>Good morning. The&nbsp;<a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1">National Weather Service says&nbsp;</a>Austin’s in for a warm and breezy day, with highs in the lower 80s.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: As more people move to Texas, the state is facing a growing need for water.&nbsp;At the state Capitol yesterday, a plan to establish a long-term fund for water projects took a significant step forward.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:59:27 +0000 KUT Staff 6970 at http://kut.org The Lead: House to Vote on Water Plan, Protecting Capitol Views Photos: SXSW Monday, March 11 http://kut.org/post/photos-sxsw-monday-march-11 <p>With badge pickup for the music portion of South by Southwest open, a changing of the guard is afoot.</p><p>While the crowds at Austin Convention Center are as thick as ever, spillover into the streets of downtown Austin is relatively quiet at this point.</p><p>“This year it seems a little bit calmer that last year, so far,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said.&nbsp; “Music starts tomorrow, so we anticipate things to start heating up.”</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:28:47 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Wells Dunbar 6913 at http://kut.org Photos: SXSW Monday, March 11 City Hall Hustle: What’s Up With Downtown Parking? http://kut.org/post/city-hall-hustle-what-s-downtown-parking <p></p><p>In a few days, downtown Austin will be overrun with crowds for <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/sxsw">South by Southwest</a> – so why is the city practically doing away with downtown parking requirements?</p><p>“Many cities are reducing or eliminating their parking requirements as a means of reducing congestion,” argued Chris Riley, the Austin City Council’s resident transportation wonk. Coincidentally, he's the prime proponent of a measure deep-sixing most parking requirements downtown.</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:58:15 +0000 Wells Dunbar 6846 at http://kut.org City Hall Hustle: What’s Up With Downtown Parking? One-Way or Another, Parking, Bike Lanes Coming to Rainey Street http://kut.org/post/parking-bike-lanes-coming-rainey-street-one-way-or-another <p>Transportation and Public Works officials briefed the Austin City Council today on <a href="https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&amp;pid=gmail&amp;attid=0.1&amp;thid=13c91d391c10eb10&amp;mt=application/pdf&amp;url=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D00d083c5b3%26view%3Datt%26th%3D13c91d391c10eb10%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&amp;sig=AHIEtbSYPqdD93J5OL4gwS2sB_rcmEtZdA">proposed renovations to Rainey Street</a>, the popular entertainment district plagued with more than its fair share of parking and transportation problems.</p><p>Officials said converting Rainey Street to a one-way street could add metered parking spaces, two bike lanes, and increased accessibility for those with disabilities, but also presented another, less drastic, proposal that would keep the street a two-way.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:11:47 +0000 Andrew Weber 6426 at http://kut.org One-Way or Another, Parking, Bike Lanes Coming to Rainey Street