Project Connect http://kut.org en City Council Update: Dogs Banned From Auditorium Shores ‘Event Lawn’ http://kut.org/post/city-council-update-dogs-banned-auditorium-shores-event-lawn <p>In its final meeting of the year, the Austin City Council approved a full slate of items.</p><p>Among the measures passed was a decision restricting where dogs are permitted at Auditorium Shores. More than a dozen speakers took to the council floor to argue against the change, which would prohibit&nbsp;dogs from<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;lingering on the so-called "Event Lawn" on the east end of Auditorium Shores.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensely said the department took community suggestions under advisement when revising the $3.5 million plan for the parkland. But under a new amendment, dogs are only allowed on the event lawn when traveling from a parking lot to the neighboring areas where dogs are allowed. (No one on Parks staff or the City Council bothered to explain just how that would be enforced.)</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:28:44 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Roy Varney 9365 at http://kut.org City Council Update: Dogs Banned From Auditorium Shores ‘Event Lawn’ Why Highland? Urban Rail Advocates Question Project Connect Process http://kut.org/post/why-highland-urban-rail-advocates-question-project-connect-process <p><em>Disclaimer: Project Connect is a KUT sponsor.</em></p><p><strong>Update</strong>: The Austin City Council unanimously endorsed two locations for urban rail last night: the&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/highland-and-east-riverside-austins-best-spots-urban-rail">Highland Mall region and East Riverside</a>. You can <a href="http://austintx.swagit.com/play/12122013-683/#27">watch citizen testimony and council action</a> on the recommendation.</p><p>As KUT reported, investment in those corridors was proposed by&nbsp;<a href="http://projectconnect.com/">Project Connect</a>&nbsp;– a working group of City of Austin, Capital Metro, and other regional transportation officials.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Project Connect named Highland and East Riverside after what it said was a robust, data-driven public input process – but many rail advocates present at the vote last night questioned the process and the decision.</span></p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (Dec. 12): To hear Project Connect tell it, they’re practically drowning in data. Project lead Kyle Keahey cited some 45 different measures of information and 11 indices when the group announced its recommendation. (You can <a href="http://www.projectconnect.com/connect/resources">look at lots of that data here</a>.)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124494381&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:12:41 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9353 at http://kut.org Why Highland? Urban Rail Advocates Question Project Connect Process