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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.

95 articles in 2012   •   page 1 of 3

Power Restored After Pole Fires

Drought, dirt, wind and mist are prime suspects

News Daily, Dec. 28, 2012 3:25 PM

Then There's This: Parks and Rec in Review

In a parks-centric town like Austin, it's not easy being PARD

News Column, Dec. 28, 2012

Then There's This: The Irony of Conservation

Austin's water-saving habits will delay need for WTP4

News Column, Dec. 20, 2012

Water: Rising to the Surface

News Feature, Dec. 13, 2012

Environment: Don't Hold Your Breath

News Feature, Dec. 13, 2012

Then There's This: AE: The Plot Thickens

City manager and consumer advocates finally agree on something

News Column, Dec. 13, 2012

Council Stoked for Last Meeting of Year

Agenda lineup: affordable housing, Barton Springs Zone, PUD, and more

News Feature, Dec. 13, 2012

Then There's This: Water for Sale

WTP4 has to pay for itself, by hook or by crook

News Column, Nov. 29, 2012

Next Week's Council: It's a Porker

Zoning, WTP4, Visa, and more

News Feature, Nov. 29, 2012

Then There's This: Campaign Cash

Austin's real estate community fared well on their election investments, but affordable housing got dropped in the grease

News Column, Nov. 21, 2012

Then There's This: Housing Chill

Defeat of Proposition 15 poses new challenges for city's affordability goals

News Column, Nov. 15, 2012

Then There's This: As the Door Revolves ...

Contractors cry foul when ex-city official returns – wearing new hat

News Column, Nov. 8, 2012

A GOP Win in Huber-Daugherty Replay

Gerald Daugherty is back

News Feature, Nov. 8, 2012

Daugherty Leads Early Vote

Huber tries to retain Precinct 3 seat in rematch

News Daily, Nov. 6, 2012 8:27 PM

Then There's This: Cracking Down on Homelessness

Chief defends police initiative on crime

News Column, Nov. 1, 2012

Daugherty Leads Early Vote

Huber tries to retain Pct. 3 seat in rematch

News Daily, Oct. 28, 2012 8:15 PM

Then There's This: Highway to Heaven or Hell?

Precinct 3 voters have two distinct choices for the future

News Column, Oct. 25, 2012

Then There's This: Giving Props to Austin

There's more to the bonds than meets the jerky knee

News Column, Oct. 18, 2012

Council: Time for Some Halloween Horrors

Featuring The Unholy Return of the Short-Term Rentals Ordinance

News Feature, Oct. 18, 2012

Then There's This: MACC Attack Averted?

Council to settle whether to sell or keep Rainey Street tract

News Column, Oct. 11, 2012

Then There's This: Sunset Landfill Rises Again?

City seeks to annex property after waste company buys it

News Column, Oct. 4, 2012

Then There's This: Aquifer Angst

Will the city poop out on its fight to block a wastewater permit?

News Column, Sep. 27, 2012

Then There's This: Bond Election Crib Sheet

Here's a thumbnail of the seven bond propositions, from transportation to film

News Column, Sep. 20, 2012

Then There's This: Redemption, Texas

Theatre en Bloc Brings one gay rights activist's fight to the stage

News Column, Sep. 13, 2012

Council Passes Budget – Minus Mayor's Vote

A $3.1 billion financial package took two days of wrangling

News Feature, Sep. 13, 2012

Then There's This: Victory at Last?

After a string of losses, city wins fight over Downtown block

News Column, Sep. 6, 2012

Back to Stage 2 Drought

Water restrictions take effect Sept. 4

News Daily, Aug. 30, 2012 2:02 PM

Then There's This: Pool Plan Panned and Lauded

Council to consider grounds for improving Barton Springs

News Column, Aug. 30, 2012

Parks and Rec Shocker: More Money

News Feature, Aug. 30, 2012

Planning and Development: A Small Bump

News Feature, Aug. 30, 2012

Then There's This: Ousting the Auditor

Susan Spataro's abrupt dismissal draws scorn and stirs speculation

News Column, Aug. 23, 2012

With Water Plan Approved, Council Turns to Wells

Council may require city registration of wells

News Feature, Aug. 23, 2012

Then There's This: Austin Energy Readies Its Defense

New report shows suburban ratepayers don't have it so bad

News Column, Aug. 16, 2012

Then There's This: The Urge To Conserve

Council postpones action on drought contingency plan

News Column, Aug. 9, 2012

The SOS Ordinance Turns 20

Remembrances of an election that changed Austin's political environment

News Feature, Aug. 2, 2012

Anniversary Events

News Feature, Aug. 2, 2012

Then There's This: Longing for the Future

For better or worse, SOS was a political game-changer

News Column, Aug. 2, 2012

Then There's This: No Drought Here

So what if the lakes are half full – it rained, didn't it?

News Column, Jul. 26, 2012

Then There's This: AE and the Lege

City officials planning for the worst, hoping for the best

News Column, Jul. 19, 2012

Then There's This: Back to the Garden

Comp plan aims to build a sustainable food system

News Column, Jul. 12, 2012

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