The fight over Austin Energy’s governance

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2013/05/27 at 6:48 pm

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UT Med School Plans in Community Impact

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Lots of details about the money and the politics that go into this project in the article. Takes a while, looks like this:



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2013/05/25 at 6:44 pm

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A Permanent Farmers’ Market Might Be Coming To Austin

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 The city’s collective dream of no longer being forced to live in a constant state of frustration with the downtown Whole Foods parking lot might come true. The Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office is sussing out what it would take (and how much it would cost) for Austin to have a farmers’ market that operates seven days a week

The idea was first proposed by Texas Perspectives, a economic analysis and consulting firm. Austin city reps traveled to Portland and Seattle to study how their full time farmer’s markets operate. And while plans of what Austin’s own market may or may not look like are still in the very early stages, city rep Margaret Shaw did confirm to KUT that the city does posses the necessary infrastructure to support one.

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2013/05/10 at 10:57 am

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Land Development Code Group SPECIAL MEETING

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Land Development Code Advisory Group
Monday, May 13, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Austin, Hill Country Ballroom
208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704

A. New Business
Attend “South Shore Central Sub-district of the Waterfront Overlay” presentation
by John Fregonese of the Sustainable Places Project, sponsored by the City of
Austin Waterfront Planning Advisory Board

This event is free and open to the public

For more information on the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, please visit or contact
Matt Dugan, Planning and Development Review Department, at 974-7665 or

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2013/05/09 at 10:35 am

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City, Community Begin to Update 30-Year-Old Land Code

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By Stephanie Myers | May 7, 2013

The last time the Austin Land Development Code was rewritten was in 1984; the population was 392,000. About 30 years – and 450,000 people – later, as part of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, city and community officials have decided it’s about time to give the code another look.

Members of the Land Development Code Revision Team met last week with members of the Central Texas Chapter of the Congress New Urbanism (CNU-CTX) and residents to discuss why this is happening, what the process will look like and how the community can get involved.

The City of Austin will be holding multiple meetings throughout the process to keep the community informed and to solicit its feedback. For information on future meetings, make sure to check the Land Development Code website frequently by clicking here.

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2013/05/08 at 10:19 am

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Happy 80th Birthday Willie Nelson!

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2013/04/29 at 11:31 pm

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Austin’s traffic fourth-worst in the country…

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and congestion will only increase throughout the year, according to a study by traffic data company Inrix.

The National Traffic Scorecard Report shows that Austin drivers spent an average of 38 hours stuck in traffic last year, a 3 percent increase from 2011 but below the U.S. average of 42 hours stuck in traffic.

Austinites can expect increased congestion in the coming year due, in part, to the positive local economic situation, including a lower unemployment rate and an estimated 10,000 added jobs in February, according to the report, which suggests traffic gridlock has already jumped 8 percent since the beginning of 2013.

Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the U.S., where drivers spent 59 hours stuck in traffic last year. Honolulu and San Francisco rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. No other Texas cities made the list.

“In the first three months of this year, traffic congestion is up 4 percent compared to 2012. This suggests that after a tumultuous economic year in 2012, the economy is back on the mend, bringing increased traffic congestion,” Inrix said in a statement.

Study itself highlights traffic as an indicator of economic health

With many economic indicators, such as household wealth and retail sales, trending toward the positive in 2013, INRIX’s comparison of congestion in 2012 versus 2013 year-to-date indicates how the overall economic climate affects national traffic congestion. Key global findings include:

  • Among all 15 countries analyzed worldwide, only three (Luxembourg, Ireland and the U.S.) have experienced increases in 2013. Only one country had increased traffic congestion in 2012 – Luxembourg. In Europe, the countries with the biggest declines in traffic have the highest rates of unemployment as they continue to struggle through the European debt crisis
  • In 2013, traffic congestion in the U.S. increased each month for the first three months of the year – the first such consecutive month increase in two years. This increase is in line with a steady increase in employment in the first three months of 2013 (+1.3%)i.
  • So far this year, 61 of America’s Top 100 Most Populated cities have experienced increased traffic congestion. This is a dramatic shift from 2012, where only six cities experienced increases and 94 saw decreases.
  • Seven of 2012’s Top 10 Worst Cities for Traffic in America have experienced increasing traffic congestion in 2013. The largest increase to date is in Boston (+30%), likely a result of the Boston metropolitan area boasting unemployment figures that were 1.2 percentage points lower than the national average in February 2013ii.
  • In Europe, traffic congestion fell 18 percent in 2012 and continues to spiral downward in 2013 with a further 23 percent decline in the first quarter. Eighty-one of the 94 European cities analysed have experienced decreases in traffic congestion in Q1 2013.

U.S. Traffic Patterns & Worst Traffic Corridors

By analyzing traffic in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas in 2012, INRIX revealed that drivers wasted an average of 42 hours in America’s Top 10 Worst Traffic Cities – the equivalent to one week of vacation. The table below represents the Top 10 Worst Cities for Traffic in America in 2012:









Hours Lost in 2012


% Change 2012 vs. 2011

% Change
Q1 2013 vs.
Q1 2012


Los Angeles










San Francisco





Austin, TX





New York





Bridgeport, CT





San Jose, CA










Washington, D.C.









Los Angeles is back at the top of the list in 2012 after falling to number two in 2011 (behind Honolulu). This is likely due to the fact that Los Angeles County gained approximately 90,000 jobs in February 2013 – a growth rate of 2.3 percent. This is the fastest year-over-year growth in employment across the Los Angeles area since the recession began in 2007iii.

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