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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.

How to Avoid ACL

Sep 30, 2016
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUTX

Well, it’s here. The Austin City Limits Festival has kicked off at Zilker Park, and thousands of revelers have descended upon Austin. If you’re planning on avoiding the festival entirely, you’ve come to the right place.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the festival is likely to bring in as many as 450,000 attendees to Central Austin, according to estimates from C3 Presents, and traffic closures have already begun.

If you plan on getting anywhere near Zilker, you will likely be sucked into a giant, gnarled web of traffic. 

How to Get to ACL

Sep 30, 2016
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUTX

Get your flower crowns ready. ACL is here.

We'll just level with you: There’s really no way to completely avoid traffic. It’s kind of the nature of the beast when it comes to ACL. But, if you want to go without all the parking rigamarole, keep reading. If you don’t want to do any of this and the thought of ACL traffic makes you weep, then go here.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Education should be a lifelong pursuit, but who has that kind of time? That’s why the idea of one-day university would be intriguing to those looking to expand horizons in a tight time frame. So, earlier this week, some Austinites packed up their number two pencils and swim trunks and headed off to Barton Springs University.


Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUTX

People picked up in Austin for public intoxication downtown may no longer be headed straight to jail or the emergency room. Austin and Travis County leaders are moving forward with plans to open a sobriety center.


Alex Kacha

The Austin synthesizer band Survive composed the music for the hit Netflix thriller "Stranger Things," and now they’re riding a wave of success. We spoke to them for a story on Austin’s synthesizer music scene. Here’s part of that interview.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

City auditors told the Austin City Council Wednesday that the office processing citizen complaints against officers of the Austin Police Department needs to do a better job. But the office also may need more power to improve.


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Austin residents are no strangers to orange cones dotting the highways or construction cranes in the sky. But one KUT listener wondered: Why does it take so long to get anything built around here? 


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