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Just before the new year, Austin Mayor Steve Adler wrote a lengthy post on the city council message board, titled: “Possible solution to downtown puzzle.”

He later said it wasn't so much a puzzle, but that there were a lot of pieces involved. What he's referring to is a snaking spine of green space, commercial areas and academic space just west of I-35, in the easternmost part of downtown.

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Hundreds of people marched from the University of Texas campus to the state Capitol and then on to Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in Austin on Monday.

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Most of us ride up and down highways without giving them a second thought. But there seems to be something different about MoPac. The glorified parking lot known, at least officially, as Loop 1 has given many a driver plenty of time to ponder its quirks while stuck in traffic.

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Over the last few years Austin became something it never was before: a foodie destination. In some parts of town, it feels like a new high end restaurant or gastropub opens up every day. But that boom in the restaurants and bars might not be sustainable. In fact, some people worry the bust is already here.

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For years, we've been hearing about how Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Thousands of people move here each year, but recent reports show some of the factors that draw people to the city -- like good jobs -- aren't growing quite as fast as they used to. That got us wondering: Has Austin's population growth peaked? 

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For the past few months, we’ve been spending time in the area around 12th and Chicon streets in East Austin, reporting on the changes in this part of the city for our On My Block project.

Today we meet Vivian Linden and Kathy Duffy, co-owners and practitioners at Rosewood Acupuncture & Ayurveda on Chicon. The office is the manifestation of a business plan they created in school to provide affordable health care to everyone.

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When Austin welcomed its first district-based city council in 2015, it was one of the most diverse councils in the city’s history: majority female, its first-ever Latina council member, plus three fiscal and, at times, social conservatives.

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In a windowless office in a Northwest Austin thrift store, past several racks of high-end used clothing, Todd Logan pores over a list of names.

“We had about 84 folks we were helping through our housing program,” he says. Logan is the director of client services at Project Transitions, a nonprofit that provides medical care and housing for people living with AIDS. He estimates that of the 84 people the group helped last year to keep or find housing, more than half were living on the streets.

 

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Travis County Commissioners are considering throwing their support behind a preservation battle brewing in the Montopolis neighborhood of Southeast Austin.

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From the Austin Monitor: If City Council Member Don Zimmerman is unhappy about losing the seat he has held for two years, he’s not showing it.

After losing re-election to Jimmy Flannigan – the same candidate he beat to earn his spot on the then-new 10-1 Council in 2014 – Zimmerman said he accepts the will of the voters, particularly in light of how well Hillary Clinton performed in the traditionally conservative northwest suburbs that Zimmerman represents.

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If you’re looking to buy a home in the new year, some analysts say it’s better to do it sooner than later.

Near the end of 2016, the Austin-Round Rock metro area saw a notable spike in single-family home sales. In November, sales grew almost 16 percent, compared to the same month last year. Jim Gaines, chief economist at the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, said 2016 didn’t bring the same seasonal low we typically see around the end of the year.

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Updated Jan. 26, 2017

Red River music venues will be permitted to host live outdoor music one hour later on weekends starting this May. The Austin City Council on Thursday approved a six-month pilot program to allow venues like Stubbs BBQ and Mohawk to have bands play until 1 a.m. weekends – instead of until midnight.

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2016 will be remembered for many things. But one thing it will not be remembered for is civility on the internet.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler is laying out some of his priorities for the city council in the New Year.

In a post on the Council’s online message board Thursday, Adler laid out his vision around several items focused on downtown development and businesses.

He pointed to the area around Waller Creek in particular, calling for expanding a tax financing plan to pay for the development of parkland around the creek.

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After approving a major mixed-use development called the Grove at Shoal Creek, the Austin City Council is moving forward with another big residential and commercial project planned for West Austin.

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In some parts of Austin, runaway pets are likely to stay lost.

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In the days after the presidential election, a group of immigration attorneys in Austin started talking about what they could do to address concerns among Austin's immigrant community.  Ultimately, they formed a group called Texas Here To Stay and have been working to naturalize immigrants.

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From the Austin Monitor: The city’s new Visitor Impact Task Force hopes to accomplish several goals in the next four months, all of them having to do with how the city can best grapple with the growing number of tourists coming to Austin each year. But the most significant of those goals by far is coming up with ideas for how the city could divvy up revenue collected from the local Hotel Occupancy Tax – known as the HOT tax – which is expected to surpass $90 million in Fiscal Year 2016-17.

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Half a dozen posters depicting that British hit band the Beatles color the walls of Justin Estep’s office on Rutherford Lane in North Austin. It brings some levity to an otherwise tense space.

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From the Austin Monitor: After more than two years of fierce debate among neighbors, a developer and City Hall leaders, City Council finally approved the Grove at Shoal Creek, a massive planned unit development to be built on 75 acres of vacant land at the corner of Bull Creek Road and 45th Street.

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