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News, events, and entertainment happening in and around Austin and the Central Texas counties of Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Williamson

Charlotte Carpenter for KUT News

You may or may not be familiar with Austin’s land development code, but the document has a huge impact on how the city looks. It governs everything from transportation to how tall buildings can be. Austin is in the middle of revising that code, a process known as CodeNEXT. And, today, the Austin City Council will get a chance to weigh in on that plan before it goes public. 


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

This week, we launched a project that we expect to span several months, at least. It's called On My Block: Voices from 12th & Chicon. We've opened a temporary bureau at the intersection of 12th and Chicon streets in East Austin. We're there to tell the stories of how people are affected by the kind of rapid changes in the racial, socio-economic and cultural makeup of this historically black neighborhood.

Jorge Sanhueza Lyon / KUT

Eight years ago, homebuilder Daniel Reeves visited the corner of 12th and Chicon for the first time and happened upon a street brawl. These days, instead of street brawls, there are people walking dogs and parents pushing baby strollers. Wealthier — and whiter — residents are moving in.

Today, Reeves lives in the neighborhood himself and builds homes there. But what does that mean for the residents who have long called this place home?


Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT

Mobile homes are often referred to as Austin’s most affordable housing. But mobile home parks don’t always offer amenities like green space for residents. One Austin City Council Member is hoping to change that.


Mose Buchele

Every year they invade Austin in loud swarms – eating, drinking, mating. No, it’s not the throngs of ACL or South by Southwest. We’re talking about the crickets.


KUTX

What looked like a makeshift shelter outside Austin City Hall Tuesday, with metal buttresses forming a climbable hut, turned out to be a temporary dance floor. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” blared from flat speakers in the ceiling.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News

Ambres Kearney’s muscle memory flares up every time he drives back to his East Austin alma mater, Anderson High School. As he pulls into the U-shaped parking lot, he instinctively tries to park his car in the same spot where he parked his 1963 burnt orange Chevrolet 45 years ago as a high school senior. 

“My wife said ‘Where are you going?’ But it was so natural to drive up,” Kearney says. Instead, he parks in the street and sits on the stoop at the front entrance. Parts of the concrete steps underneath him are crumbling.

Council Inches Closer to Action on the Grove

Oct 12, 2016
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

For several months now, the Austin City Council’s decision about whether to approve the zoning for the Grove at Shoal Creek, a proposed 75-acre mixed-use development, has driven hours of debate and faced numerous delays. So, why is it taking so long?


Bob Daemmrich via Texas Tribune

President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, plan to be buried at the Texas State Cemetery, superintendent Harry Bradley said Tuesday.

The decision, first reported by the Austin American-Statesman, means Bush will become the first U.S. president to be buried at the cemetery in East Austin. 

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

Austin is built on the bones of old bars, at least it seems that way, when you start looking for them.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

A tall, metal marquee dominates the southwest corner of  12th and Chicon streets. Like a voiceless preacher, the scrolling display on the sign serves as a freestanding directory of activities for those in the neighborhood – all offered by its owner, Mission Possible Church. 

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

In the late morning hours on the Southeast corner of 12th and Chicon streets, a visitor sees a bus stop with a bench on the Chicon side. Behind that bus stop, an empty lot; way behind that, a small convenience store with a drive-thru window. And then, on the 12th Street side, Marshall’s Barbershop.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Aside from some passing traffic, the northeast corner of 12th and Chicon streets remains fairly quiet in the early morning hours.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Last November, the Austin City Council loosened regulations for what are called “accessory dwelling units.”  Those are buildings like backyard flats and garage apartments. Supporters of the change hoped it would bring more affordable housing to pricey neighborhoods. So, is it working?


Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT

It’s no secret that Austin is growing and changing fast. In some parts of the city, it's happening more quickly than others. Maybe no place in Austin has seen a more noticeable transformation than East Austin


Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS

Texas could be on the hook for more than $4.5 million as part of its failed legal battle to defend its 2013 abortion restrictions, which the U.S. Supreme struck down as unconstitutional in June.

JON SHAPLEY/KUT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed this summer, challenging the City of Austin's regulations for short-term rental properties like those you'd find on HomeAway or AirBnb.

Earlier this year, the Austin City Council passed new regulations for such properties, including a plan to phase out so-called “Type 2” short-term rentals, or STRs, which are not owner-occupied, by the year 2022.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Growth and the interests of real estate developers commanded the discussion among candidates vying to represent Austin’s wealthiest district Tuesday night. City Council Member Sheri Gallo, who has held the District 10 Council seat since she was elected in 2014, sat alongside candidates Alison Alter, Nick Virden and Rob Walker fielding questions from residents.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

Late last month, a case of poorly delivered mail in East Austin led to a political strategy revelation, of sorts. It involved Mayor Steve Adler’s $720 million transportation bond and one-half of a local political action committee that attempted to recall Council Member Ann Kitchen earlier this year. 


Five Times Austinites 'Discovered' Tacos

Oct 4, 2016
Gus Contreras / KERA News

It's National Taco Day, apparently. While that may be a fake holiday – and, arguably, tacos are celebrated on an hourly basis in Austin – it's an excuse to eat a taco. There are worse problems to have. But Austin's relationship with the taco is complicated.

Some have argued it's the home of the breakfast taco. Those people are wrong, but they're not the first to "Columbus" the taco. Here's a quick primer of misguided hot takes on purported taco discoveries.

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