east austin http://kut.org en How an Intervention Changed 12th & Chicon, Austin's Most Infamous Intersection http://kut.org/post/how-intervention-changed-12th-chicon-austins-most-infamous-intersection <p>It's a pretty uneventful morning at the corner of <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/@30.273774,-97.719782,3a,75y,309.53h,90.4t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sG3_Joy2inukRxqL4RlFfMQ!2e0!6m1!1e1">12th and Chicon</a>. Buses are running smoothly and on time. There's even a new art gallery in the area.</p><p>But there was a time – not too long ago – when prostitution, drugs, and other illegal activities were going down in the open, in the middle of the day.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156277118&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:15:16 +0000 Joy Diaz 10693 at http://kut.org How an Intervention Changed 12th & Chicon, Austin's Most Infamous Intersection These Students Forged a Friendship in Austin's 'Golden Age' of Integration http://kut.org/post/these-students-forged-friendship-austins-golden-age-integration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin has its own convoluted history when it comes to school integration – one involving multiple federal lawsuits and many different strategies to desegregate schools.</span></p><p>Busing was one of those strategies. Many students were bused across the city to schools on the other side of town. West Austin residents went to East Austin schools and visa versa.&nbsp;</p><p>Saturday, May 17, marks 60 years since the Supreme Court struck down the concept of "separate but equal" in <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_v._Board_of_Education">Brown v. Board of Education</a></em>. It's a decision that affected students across the country. But for two Austin teenagers in the late 1980s, it also sparked a life-long friendship.</p><p>If you think about it, it’s a miracle Richard&nbsp;Reddick&nbsp;and Ryan Scarborough ever met. Scarborough, a white student from Austin’s Northwest Hills neighborhood, was bused to Johnston High School on Austin's east side, starting in 1986.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149763150&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:07:34 +0000 Kate McGee 10431 at http://kut.org These Students Forged a Friendship in Austin's 'Golden Age' of Integration This Austin Biker Club Gave Kids an Easter They Won't Forget http://kut.org/post/austin-biker-club-gave-kids-easter-they-wont-forget <p>Members of the Bad Boyz and Girlz 4 Ever motorcycle club gathered in East Austin Saturday for their fourth annual Easter celebration.</p><p>The motorcycle club, with the help of <a href="http://www.bgcaustin.org/">Boys and Girls Club of Austin</a>, put on a family-friendly celebration including an Easter egg hunt, an Easter bunny, and a toy and bicycle give-away. Almost 70 children, most from nearby neighborhoods, came to participate.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:55:06 +0000 Jon Shapley 10268 at http://kut.org This Austin Biker Club Gave Kids an Easter They Won't Forget 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 Could East Austin's Tejano Trails Keep Gentrification at Bay? http://kut.org/post/could-east-austins-tejano-trails-keep-gentrification-bay <p>The Tejano Trails in East Austin are meant to highlight landmarks and legends of the area, but they’re not easy to find.&nbsp;Groups are now working to make the history of this neighborhood more visible under the guidance of a National Parks Service program.&nbsp;</p><p>Last fall, the Scoot Inn, the oldest continuing running bar in Central Texas,&nbsp;made for a fitting location for an event promoting the next phase of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.preservationaustin.org/blog/tejano-walking-music-legends-trails" target="_blank">Austin’s&nbsp;Tejano&nbsp;Trails</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132304307&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:33:17 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9685 at http://kut.org Could East Austin's Tejano Trails Keep Gentrification at Bay? Despite Increased Enrollment, Online Spanish Sign-Up Faces Challenges http://kut.org/post/despite-increased-enrollment-online-spanish-sign-faces-challenges <p>Almost 120,000 Texans signed up for health insurance through the federally run marketplace through the end of last month, but <span style="line-height: 1.5;">it’s only a small fraction of the state’s total uninsured population.</span></p><p>And enrollment of Latinos, a group targeted by the Obama administration has had its challenges.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129567257&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:32:25 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9553 at http://kut.org Despite Increased Enrollment, Online Spanish Sign-Up Faces Challenges Where Do We Grow From Here? Urban Farms and Gentrification in East Austin http://kut.org/post/where-do-we-grow-here-urban-farms-and-gentrification-east-austin <p><em>Debate over whether urban farms contribute to the gentrification of Austin’s eastside was prolonged last month, when the Austin City Council decided to postpone a decision on <a href="http://kut.org/post/austins-urban-farm-proposals-have-some-neighbors-crying-foul">changes to the city's urban farm rules</a>. The council is slated to take action on that matter today. </em></p><p><em>Before their decision, a look at the issue from two standpoints: an examination of the gentrification debate, and a look at one urban farm in action.</em></p><p>Walk down the gravel path at 3300 Govalle Road and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into the middle of the countryside. “It doesn’t even feel like you’re in the city of Austin,” says Dorsey Barger.</p><p>She would know: as a co-owner of <a href="http://www.hausbarfarms.com/">HausBar Farms</a>, she gets to live there.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115825814" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:11:37 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9233 at http://kut.org Where Do We Grow From Here? Urban Farms and Gentrification in East Austin Austin's Urban Farm Proposals Have Some Neighbors Crying Foul http://kut.org/post/austins-urban-farm-proposals-have-some-neighbors-crying-foul <p>After dishing the dirt for months, new regulations are in the offing for Austin&#39;s urban farms.</p><p>Last week, Austin&rsquo;s Planning Commission recommended a set of revisions to the city&rsquo;s urban farm ordinance. And while the proposed changes would establish stricter criteria on raising some livestock, some East Austin residents say the proposals don&rsquo;t go far enough.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Ryan Groves 8807 at http://kut.org Austin's Urban Farm Proposals Have Some Neighbors Crying Foul Backpack Drive Aims to Help Austin Schoolkids http://kut.org/post/backpack-drive-aims-help-austin-schoolkids <p>A local mobile app development company is trying to fill 1,000 backpacks for poor kids in the Austin school district. The company, <a href="http://www.headspring.com/">Headspring</a>, is accepting money and backpacks filled with supplies, which will be distributed across five schools on Austin’s east side.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Kate McGee 8289 at http://kut.org Backpack Drive Aims to Help Austin Schoolkids Video: Hip East Austin Church Gets Nod from 'New York Times' http://kut.org/post/video-hip-east-austin-church-gets-nod-new-york-times <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" id="nyt_video_player" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/bcvideo/1.0/iframe/embed.html?videoId=100000002268970&amp;playerType=embed" title="New York Times Video - Embed Player" width="445"></iframe></p><p>An East Austin church&nbsp;is evolving to match the way Austin worships.</p><p><a href="http://voxveniae.com/">Vox&nbsp;Veniae</a>,<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;which is affiliated with the <a href="http://www.covchurch.org/">Evangelical Covenant Church</a>, began as part of the Austin Chinese Church for Asian Americans and Asian immigrants to worship. But it has since grown into a very diverse environment. It now has worshipers come to its Sunday service that are white, Latino and African American.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:02:40 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8079 at http://kut.org Council Looks to Continue 'Greening' East Austin Alleys http://kut.org/post/council-looks-continue-greening-east-austin-alleys <p class="p1">The University of Texas and the city are looking to change the way we use alleys in Austin, by possibly adding affordable housing in some Austin alleyways.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Today, the Austin City Council approved an $18,000 grant to fund the Green Alley Demonstration Project, which could also add other amenities to spruce up alleys in the East Austin Guadalupe neighborhood.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:27:04 +0000 Emery Reifsnyder 8019 at http://kut.org Council Looks to Continue 'Greening' East Austin Alleys East Austin Farmers Market Gets More Visibility in New Location http://kut.org/post/east-austin-farmers-market-gets-more-visibility-new-location <p><a href="http://hopefarmersmarket.org/" target="_blank">HOPE Farmers Market</a> is hoping to become a more central part of the East Austin Community.</p><p>It's holding a Grand Opening on Sunday at it's new location—at Plaza Saltillo on East 5th Street and Comal Street.</p><p>For the past three years or so, the farmers market has been at Pine Street Station. Organizers say they believe their new spot will give them more visibility and help make the farmers market a more integral part of the community. Sat, 09 Mar 2013 19:02:00 +0000 Laura Rice 6886 at http://kut.org East Austin Farmers Market Gets More Visibility in New Location Meeting Tonight to Help Plot Future of Holly Power Plant http://kut.org/post/meeting-tonight-help-plot-future-holly-power-plant <p>City officials are looking for the public's help in deciding what to do with the land around the Holly Power Plant in East Austin, which is scheduled to be fully decommissioned by later this year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, plans have designated the 9.3 acres of surrounding land to be handed over to the Austin Parks &amp; Recreation Department for development into a park.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:50:39 +0000 Austin Feldman 6730 at http://kut.org Meeting Tonight to Help Plot Future of Holly Power Plant Eastward Bound: Art Tour Takes Over Austin's East Side http://kut.org/post/eastward-bound-art-tour-takes-over-austins-east-side <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eastaustinstudiotour.com/">East Austin Studio Tour</a> (EAST) returns this weekend.&nbsp; So grab a bicycle, some friends and (maybe) some cash, then head over to the east side to see work showcased by hundreds of Austin artists.</p><p>The tour runs Nov. 8-18, but is free and open to the public this weekend (Nov.&nbsp;10-11) and next (Nov.&nbsp;17-18), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since the tour will be taking place over <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/safety-first-city-unveils-public-safety-plans-f1-weekend">the crowded Formula 1 weekend</a>, it is possible the EAST tour may be a great recreation alternative for locals looking to avoid to the congestion and traffic the festival will bring in downtown.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 23:04:47 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5596 at http://kut.org Eastward Bound: Art Tour Takes Over Austin's East Side Demolition and Rebuilding at 12th and Chicon http://kut.org/post/demolition-and-rebuilding-begins-12th-and-chicon <p>The intersection of 12th and Chicon&nbsp;streets is associated with the sale and use of drugs, but soon it could be home to a different kind of retail altogether.</p><p>The Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (CNRC) is a nonprofit affiliated with the&nbsp;<a href="http://chestnutaustin.blogspot.com/">area's neighborhood association</a>. Today, it began the demolition of a building just steps away from the corner&nbsp;to make way for mixed-use structures that will house stores on the ground floor and residential units above.</p><p>Two other buildings between 12th and 14th&nbsp;streets are slated for the same makeover. The developments will make up a project called the <a href="http://afdrecruiting.org/department/chicon-corridor-0">Chicon Corridor</a>.</p><p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:43:27 +0000 Kelly Connelly 4976 at http://kut.org Demolition and Rebuilding at 12th and Chicon Charlie's Not So Cheerful About New Sound Permit Rules http://kut.org/post/charlies-not-so-cheerful-about-new-sound-permit-rules <p>Tamara Hoover describes her East Austin establishment, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cheerupcharliesaustin">Cheer Up Charlie</a>'s, as more than just a bar.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's actually a community project," Hoover says. "People from the community coming in, bringing their acts, bringing their music, bringing their charities, and it's everybody's home."&nbsp;</p><p>But recently, the bar has received complaints from another nearby community, the&nbsp;Guadalupe&nbsp;Association for Improved an Neighborhood.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:57:54 +0000 Reshma Kirpalani 4923 at http://kut.org Charlie's Not So Cheerful About New Sound Permit Rules City to Act on Vacant East Austin Properties http://kut.org/post/city-act-vacant-east-austin-properties <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="400" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=1322+East+12th+Street,+Austin,+Texas&amp;aq=&amp;sll=30.272664,-97.72676&amp;sspn=0.000504,0.000762&amp;t=h&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=1322+E+12th+St,+Austin,+Texas+78702&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=30.272862,-97.725537&amp;panoid=cWurdR16G8syKjWGd8RGag&amp;cbp=13,18.04,,0,6.96&amp;ll=30.264331,-97.725577&amp;spn=0.029653,0.037336&amp;z=14&amp;output=svembed" width="435"></iframe><br /><em><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=1322+East+12th+Street,+Austin,+Texas&amp;aq=&amp;sll=30.272664,-97.72676&amp;sspn=0.000504,0.000762&amp;t=h&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=1322+E+12th+St,+Austin,+Texas+78702&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=30.272862,-97.725537&amp;panoid=cWurdR16G8syKjWGd8RGag&amp;cbp=13,18.04,,0,6.96&amp;ll=30.264331,-97.725577&amp;spn=0.029653,0.037336&amp;z=14" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></em></p><p class="MsoNormal">The City of Austin wants to return about $200,000 back to the federal government, to free up two East Austin properties for sale.&nbsp;</p><p>If the proposal is approved, the money will go back to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by the end of September. Doing so will fulfill requirements currently preventing the city&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/urbanrenewal">Urban Renewal Agency</a>, which is&nbsp;now in charge of the properties, from taking other actions on them.</p><p>The properties include one located at 1120 East&nbsp;12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Street, and a series of plots on the same street. As&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/after-long-wait-city-panel-moves-sell-east-12th-street-properties">KUT&nbsp;News reported previously</a>,&nbsp;critics have accused the board and other&nbsp;agencies of&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2010/05/east-side-story/">taking&nbsp;too long&nbsp;</a>to turn over the properties.</p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:54:00 +0000 Margaret Nicklas 4887 at http://kut.org Should the 'No Sit, No Lie' Ordinance Cover East Austin? http://kut.org/post/should-no-sit-no-lie-ordinance-cover-east-austin <p>The City of Austin&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/psc">Public Safety Commission</a> could take action today on a proposal to extend the anti-loitering &ldquo;No Sit, No Lie&rdquo; &nbsp;ordinance to the 12<sup>th</sup> and Chicon area &ndash; an area often reputed for drugs and prostitution.</p><p>The ordinance bans anyone from <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/no-sitno-lie-ordinace-passed-austin-council">sitting or sleeping on streets</a> near businesses, banks, and ATMs. It&rsquo;s mostly in effect in downtown Austin, but some are urging it expand to the Eastside.</p><p>Members of the Blackshear and Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association has been trying to bring No Sit, No Lie east of I-35 since 2005. But neighbors are split on whether it&rsquo;s the best solution.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 18:15:36 +0000 Laura Rice 4599 at http://kut.org Should the 'No Sit, No Lie' Ordinance Cover East Austin? Video and Pictures: Austin's 2012 Juneteenth Parade http://kut.org/post/video-and-pictures-austins-2012-juneteenth-parade <p>Thousands of residents lined Chicon Street this morning to celebrate Juneteenth, when the Emancipation&nbsp;Proclamation freeing slaves came to be enforced in Texas.</p><p>Nathan Robertson was one participant. He’s lived in East Austin all his life. Robertson says it’s important for him to acknowledge the historical importance of the day, and that the parade offers a chance to catch up with old friends.</p><p>“We see people we haven’t seen in a while because of work and church and school,” Robertson says. “You know, you get in your routine and don’t see people. But we come out here and we can see people we haven’t seen in a year.”</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:59:33 +0000 Andy Uhler & Filipa Rodrigues 4508 at http://kut.org Video and Pictures: Austin's 2012 Juneteenth Parade Artists and Hipsters: Do You Know Who Pasted This Poster Up? http://kut.org/post/artists-and-hipsters-do-you-know-who-pasted-poster <p>In East Austin, there&rsquo;s a sight more common than new condos, food trailers and Tejano bars repurposed into young, hip &quot;dives:&quot; It&#39;s the poster seen above.</p><p>&ldquo;Artists &amp; Hipsters: How are you helping to gentrify East Austin? What are you doing to fight it?,&rdquo; the poster reads. The earliest date we can find for a photo of the poster <a href="http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=austin+artists+hipsters&amp;ss=0&amp;ct=0&amp;mt=all&amp;w=all&amp;adv=1">on Flickr</a> goes back to <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheeshoo/2659089789/">2008</a>, but longtime Austinites (including this author) remember seeing the poster even before then.</p><p>The poster has captured the attention of one eastside artist, who&rsquo;s looking to create a dialogue around its message.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 19:02:49 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4209 at http://kut.org Artists and Hipsters: Do You Know Who Pasted This Poster Up?