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Amy Smith

Amy Smith has been writing about Austin policy and politics for over 20 years. She joined The Austin Chronicle in 1996.

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Well-Behaved? Let's Assume Not.

Barbara Leaming's new biography makes the case that Jackie O suffered from PTSD

Arts Feature, Nov. 26, 2014

Then There's This: Trying to Undo a "Witch Hunt"

Council tries to untangle a controversial ethics complaint

News Column, Oct. 16, 2014

Section 8 Reopens

Hurry up ... and wait!

News Feature, Oct. 2, 2014

How to Build Neighborhoods

Erin McGann is the sole newcomer in a race dominated by incumbents

News Feature, Sep. 4, 2014

The McGann Alternative

News Feature, Sep. 4, 2014

Then There's This: Final Column

Do not stand at my grave and weep – I'm just heading off into the unknown

News Column, Aug. 21, 2014

Then There's This: The Awesome Power of Women

Political group aims to increase voter turnout and so much more

News Column, Aug. 14, 2014

Then There's This: Preferential Treatment

Schwab wins incentives from county – when do we say 'time out'?

News Column, Aug. 7, 2014

Council: Come as You Are

Council gets back to business with 178 items on the agenda

News Feature, Aug. 7, 2014

Then There's This: A Double Whammy for CodeNEXT

An ethics complaint and a vote against the first major part of the Imagine Austin plan

News Column, Jul. 31, 2014

Another Hotel Checks In on Congress Avenue

The Hideout has seen the future and it's a 32-story hotel

News Feature, Jul. 31, 2014

Then There's This: Suffer the Little Children

Some Texas communities turn their backs as young refugees seek protection

News Column, Jul. 24, 2014

Child Refugees in Need

Austin churches and nonprofits extend a helping hand

News Daily, Jul. 23, 2014 6:45 PM

District 2

How to fit six dozen candidates into a one-pound newspaper

News Feature, Jul. 17, 2014

District 9

News Feature, Jul. 17, 2014

Then There's This: Whither Vested Rights?

Rejection of first case under new regs portends cloudy future

News Column, Jul. 17, 2014

Birchum Tapped to Join Photo Agency

Novus Select adds the Chronicle's Jana Birchum to its roster

News Feature, Jul. 17, 2014

Then There's This: Reimagining the South Waterfront

South Central Waterfront Init­i­ative creates a long-term development vision

News Column, Jul. 10, 2014

A Development Project With a Silver Lining

The Rebekah Baines Johnson Center is about to be part of an ambitious master planned community for Austin seniors.

News Feature, Jul. 10, 2014

Morrison to Mayor: 'It's Not Personal, It's Policy'

Leffingwell refuses to give up Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Planning Org. seat

News Feature, Jul. 3, 2014

‘It’s Not Personal, It’s Policy’

Effort to remove mayor from committee goes nowhere, for now

News Daily, Jul. 2, 2014 10:00 AM

Then There's This: Density in the Floodplain

Ignoring staff warnings, Council approves variance for office tower

News Column, Jun. 26, 2014

Plaza Saltillo Decision Comes Down to Money

Cap Metro chooses Endeavor over Saltillo Collaborative

News Feature, Jun. 26, 2014

Plaza Saltillo Decision Comes Down to Money

Cap Metro chooses Endeavor over Saltillo Collaborative

News Daily, Jun. 24, 2014 4:15 PM

Hillary Hits Austin

With all the trappings of a presidential campaign

News Daily, Jun. 21, 2014 11:00 AM

Kitchen's Menu for a Better Austin

Former state rep kicks off District 5 campaign

News Daily, Jun. 20, 2014 2:55 PM

'A Mayor Who Listens'

Sheryl Cole talks about her skills, her record, and what she learned on her 'house party tour'

News Feature, Jun. 19, 2014

Then There's This: Split Views on ADUs

'Granny flats' measure breaks from the CodeNext pack

News Column, Jun. 19, 2014

City to Mount Case for Appraisal Protest in 2015

A unanimous Council vote preps a challenge next year

News Feature, Jun. 19, 2014

A Tollway’s Toll on Trees

A fight to save the Gateway Twin Oaks

News Daily, Jun. 17, 2014 12:58 PM

City Preps For 2015 Appraisal Fight

A unanimous Council vote to mount a challenge next year

News Daily, Jun. 15, 2014 3:40 PM

Then There's This: County Folds on Tax Fight

Commissioners kick can down the road by opting to study appraisal system

News Column, Jun. 12, 2014

New Life for Plaza Saltillo

City to reshape old rail yard into transit hub

News Feature, Jun. 12, 2014

Commissioners Say No to Tax Protest

County will study, not challenge, commercial appraisal roll

News Daily, Jun. 10, 2014 5:38 PM

Property Tax Vote Set For Tuesday

County may challenge commercial property tax roll

News Daily, Jun. 9, 2014 1:30 PM

Then There's This: No Praise for Appraisal Process

Disparities in property values could prompt protest from county

News Column, Jun. 5, 2014

Finally ... Cole Declares for Mayor

Local leaders help kickoff campaign

News Feature, Jun. 5, 2014

District 9 Race Warms Up

Tovo, Riley kick off campaigns

News Feature, Jun. 5, 2014

Perry Estate Looks to Next Chapter

Two structures on grounds up for demolition

News Feature, Jun. 5, 2014

Vote Delayed on Property Tax Protest

Commissioners may act June 17 on commercial appraisal roll

News Daily, Jun. 2, 2014 4:40 PM

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