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Austin Adopts Plan To Be More 'Age-Friendly'

Nov 4, 2016
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You may think of Austin as a relatively young city, but within the next 25 years, one in five residents are expected to be 65 or older. To prepare for those changes, the Austin City Council has approved a new plan to make it easier for older residents to “age in place."

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Update: The Austin City Council has approved a $3.6 million, six-year contract with Dallas County to send the evidence there for testing. 

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From the Austin Monitor: It’s anybody’s guess whether the city’s $720 million transportation bond proposition, known as Proposition 1, will win voter approval next week, but if it does not, it won’t be because of lack of funding.

Move Austin Forward, the political action committee supporting the bond, has reported total political expenditures of more than $701,000. The campaign reported it had received nearly $482,000 in contributions and maintained about $75,000 in the bank as of Saturday.

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After the first full week of early voting, nearly one-third of Travis County’s registered voters have already cast a ballot. Early voting continues through Friday. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Record levels of early voting over the first week have put Travis County on pace to have more than 60 percent turnout this election season. Sunday’s voting brought the total number of ballots cast to 220,001.

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Yet another new high-rise condo complex could be coming to the Rainey Street neighborhood. But before it breaks ground, developers and residents are working to identify the top traffic needs in the area.  

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After months of delays and debate, the planned unit development (PUD) called the Grove at Shoal Creek got initial approval from the Austin City Council Thursday.


Via Ninja Buses

If you’re planning a trip down to the Whiskey River, it seems you could have your very own chance to take one of Willie Nelson’s former tour buses on the road again.

One of the former coaches of Willie Nelson and his Family Band is up for auction online. The bus in question, known as the “Me & Paul” bus – named after Nelson’s longtime drummer Paul English – was built in 1983 and served as the coach for its namesake and the Red Headed Stranger. 

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From the Austin Monitor: Poll numbers for City Council Member Don Zimmerman and challenger Jimmy Flannigan show the two neck and neck in a race to represent District 6, according to two surveys conducted in September and October for the Austin Monitor by Public Policy Polling of North Carolina.

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In a late Friday ruling, a district judge sided with a local activist against the City of Austin, voiding a December vote taken by city council members on the housing development Pilot Knob. Called Easton Park, the development plans to offer 1,500 apartments and 6,500 single-family homes in southeast Travis County.


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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. 


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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
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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?


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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. 

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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. 

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