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Naked City
News Story  April 8, 2005, by Lee Nichols and Cheryl Smith
"...The issue goes back to last August, when the labor community and some Democratic groups predicated their support for the district's $519.5 million bond package on AISD replacing its woefully out-of-date wage scale, which hadn't been updated since 1988. An AISD-appointed committee put together a scale of "prevailing," or market average, wages and benefits for construction contractors, but when AISD officials presented the committee's findings to the board of trustees for final approval, they recommended adopting only the average wages, sans benefits..."

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Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 11, 2005
"...Over the past 19 years about a million people have passed in front of my home and smiled at the spinning dreydl, or laughed at the volcanic eruption. To those people I just want to say a heartfelt "thank you." Today, our house tearfully went on the market, as we can no longer afford the outrageous tax increases that the city of Austin has decided to impose upon us..."

The Supremes Take a Hit
The federalist smoke from medical marijuana reaches the Supreme Court. Can they clear the air on states' rights, pot, and the Constitution?
News Story  December 10, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...The "limited medical use of marijuana ... does not raise the same policy concerns regarding the spread of drug abuse" and is "clearly distinct from the broader illicit drug market – as well as any broader commercial market for medical marijuana – insofar as the medicinal marijuana at issue in this case is not intended for, nor does it enter, the stream of commerce."..."

The Downtown Dominoes
The headlines are about Block 21 and Seaholm, but the long-term questions are about what the city of Austin should be
News Story  April 9, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...There's CSC, of course (which was originally supposed to include Block 21), and the new City Hall and the completed AMLI block (which is Block 20; these numbers refer to the city's original 1839 plat map). The West Avenue Lofts have been joined by 404 Rio Grande and the Austin City Lofts, west of the Warehouse District in what the city now calls the Market District..."

Naked City
Breaking news from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
News Story  November 21, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Employees of Whole Foods Market's Madison, Wis., store have petitioned to de-unionize, and Whole Foods has withdrawn its recognition of the United Food and Commercial Workers. When the store unionized earlier this year, it became the first to do so in a company that is notoriously anti-union..."

Creative Capital?
In the City of Ideas, the people with ideas are dancing with day jobs.
News Story  February 28, 2003, by Michael Erard
"...Rational economic analysis, holding that people will always act in their best financial interest, is beggared by the example of real-life creatives in Austin and elsewhere, who have chosen lower standards of living -- who work Day Jobs precisely so they can devote their best creative impulses to their own work. And as Austin has become a big-business tech town, the rising cost of living and the cyclical job market has made it harder, not easier, for creatives to strike this balance..."

Clean Energy: Austin's Next Boom?
A Preview of Clean Energy Potential in Central Texas
News Story  June 21, 2002, by Courtney Barry
"...Admittedly, much of AE's green power remains essentially virtual -- that is, the GreenChoice program reflects consumer preferences that do not yet correspond to available energy sources. But the growing consumer demand should ultimately drive providers to expand the development of cleaner forms of power -- and, in theory at least, bring down market prices...."

Deconstructing Downtown
The Economy Sneezes -- and Austin's Central Business District Catches a Cold
News Story  April 20, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...Moreover, the idea of Intel dressing up its unfinished structure with a colorful mesh screen is drawing a considerable amount of ridicule. "I think that's a silly idea," sniffed Charles Heimsath, president of Capitol Market Research, a downtown firm that tracks real estate trends..."

Technical Difficulties
Older professionals face a hard choice: leave Austin or go tech?
News Story  March 2, 2001, by Kevin Fullerton
"...Rebecca Rucker has spent the last six years in Austin, but she's decided she'd rather continue her career beneath the smoggy skies of her native Houston than suffer any more of Austin's "quality of life." She was just past the age of 40 when she moved here in 1995 to be near her parents. After a handful of career changes, Rucker had become so adept at surfing the professional job market that she decided to get licensed as a career counselor and open her own firm..."

Architecture & Lodging
Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...A few years ago, without sacrificing their trademarked "quality," Eaves Bros. decided to expand on their "quantity." Seating at the popular afternoon fish market/cafe is no longer a crap shoot..."

Blueprint for a Breakdown
Not Worth the Work
News Story  January 14, 1999, by Kevin Fullerton
"..."For the effort we expended, there was nowhere near the return there should have been." Bandy, whose job was delayed three weeks while he waited for confirmation to relocate underground water lines which were in the way of his workmen, says he managed to get paid for expenses caused by the holdup only after "considerable arguments and hassles." If he were to bid AISD again, Bandy says, he would need to hire an additional full-time employee just to process the paperwork, and would up his price 6-8%. "That cost increase has less to do with the market than it does with the people running the [AISD] program," Bandy says...."

Psychographical Communities
Internet Radio: Sounds Heard 'Round the World
Music Story  December 19, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"..."To this point, the commission has not formally looked at this question, due to the limited scope of Internet streaming audio transmissions compared to conventional radio. We have generally hesitated to impose traditional rules on new technologies such as the Internet, especially when those technologies are in the early stages of development and the market appears to be competitive..."

Mulling Over Mueller
News Story  October 31, 1997, by Mike Clark-Madison
"..."In the State of Texas, Austin has a major user who's willing to pay up front for their land. That's a powerful generator, both of cash flow and investment you'll need for the new infrastructure, and of interest among other developers in the market."..."

Jingles With Hair
Musicians for Hire: A Career in Advertising
Music Story  June 20, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...As it turns out, Watson is just one of a couple dozen high-profile local musicians finding work in Austin's small but rapidly growing "jingle" market, wherein local musicians lend their talents to advertisers in exchange for what's typically regarded as quick and fairly easy money. "It's more profitable than any other type of recording, and far less pressure," says Watson..."

Public Notice: More and Cheaper Housing
Demographer's report offers new perspectives
News Column  April 13, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...The most basic is the market itself, which always operates to equilibrium. If vacancy rates start to rise, financing dries up, and nothing gets built in that market segment until vacancy rates drop, and prices start to rise again..."

Solving the Right Problems
Nonprofit ride-hailing app hits Austin
News Story  May 26, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...The company, which is headed by Trilogy founder Joe Liemandt and Crossover founder Andy Tryba, launched its app for iPhone Mon., May 23 (see "RideAustin Enters the Ride-hailing Market," May 23). Drivers with iPhones can begin signing up now; the company plans to begin offering service in June, as well as a version of the app for Android...."

AISD Explores Its Options
AISD has at least 10 properties it could be making better use of
News Story  April 7, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...This isn't the first time AISD has considered selling at least two of these properties. In 2011, the district placed both the CAC and the Baker Center on the market, before rejecting all bids..."

Back to Life
Sandor Katz and fermentation's new culture
Food Story  November 6, 2014, by Veronica Meewes
"...He will be visiting Austin to appear as the keynote speaker at the Austin Fermentation Festival at the Le Cordon Bleu Austin campus on November 15. The event, which is hosted by Texas Farmers' Market and sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Le Cordon Bleu, will feature a day of free workshops, as well as a community culture swap, book sale, farmers' market, live music, and food...."

HOPE Rolls Out Bike-Powered Farm Stand
Farmers market takes its act on the road
News Story  May 8, 2014, by Nora Ankrum
"...After more than four years of hosting a small but lively market near East Fifth and Comal, HOPE Farmers Market is taking its act on the road with some help from local design firms Studio Modo and Drophouse Design. This month, HOPE debuts its new bike-powered farm stand, the result of a collaborative effort that promises innovation not only in its elegant design but in its model for bringing healthy food to communities most in need...."

The Next New Neighborhood
City and residents plan a sustainable Colony Park
News Story  April 4, 2014, by Robyn Ross
"...The two projects diverge even more on questions of affordability. The Austin housing market means Mueller's central location and popularity have pushed most home prices out of reach for people with low-to-moderate incomes..."

Get Your Goat On at Windy Hill Farm
An interview with Ty Wolosin
DAILY Food  September 1, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...Wolosin honed in on a niche- and his newfound passion- and began using his marketing expertise to grow the family business. He branched out from selling at small farmers’ markets in Abilene and the Dallas area and began building a formidable goat empire here in Central Texas...."

Count the Blessings
The Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival at 25
Food Story  April 16, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In its 25-year lifespan, the festival has attracted a who’s who of Texas sponsors – including Whole Foods Market, H-E-B’s Central Market – and a five-year affiliation with the national food magazine Saveur. Both the Texas wine industry and our culinary landscape have evolved dramatically during the life of the festival, making it an interesting prism through which to view changes and accomplishments – some directly related to the event, some only tangential, others the result of national trends with impacts felt in Texas..."

Austin Unchained
Think globally, shop locally, and we'll all be better for it
News Story  November 21, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...A more recent 2008 study by Civic Eco­nom­ics (the same local firm that did the Austin study and several others) confirms that trend. The research for Local First of Grand Rapids, Mich., examined the economic impact of a 10% shift in market share, from chains to locals, across an $8.4 billion countywide retail market..."

Housing Authority Won't Use Affordable-Housing Bond Money
HACA chooses to keep independent of city's $55 million in affordable housing bonds on November ballot
News Story  October 6, 2006, by Kimberly Reeves
"...This is not taking tenants and parachuting them, with Section 8 vouchers, into market-income communities across the city. This is taking land that the Housing Authority owns – HACA has 19 communities across the city – and turning those into mixed-use multipurpose communities, not unlike the goals of city-driven projects such as Mueller...."

Food-o-File
Austin loses a leading foodie, at least for a while; plus, the French rule
Food Column  July 14, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Cathy Cochran-Lewis, community relations coordinator for Whole Foods Market here and formerly director of cooking schools for Central Market, is leaving Austin in early August. She is relocating to Boulder, Colo., to be closer to her aging father and to establish in-state residency for her daughter, who plans to attend a veterinary program at the University of Colorado..."

Changing Focus and Location at the Sustainable Food Center
Critics charge original mission of serving poor has strayed
News Story  November 25, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...The SFC attacks the issue of food security on three fronts. There's a "happy kitchen," which offers classes in cooking cheap, nutritious meals; community and youth gardening, which has taught gardening classes at local elementary schools and supported community gardens like El Jardin Alegre on East Second Street; and farmer's markets, including ones where low-income single mothers can redeem federal WIC (women, infants, children) vouchers for fresh produce...."

Culture Flash!
Whole Foods is about to get more arts-friendly, Austin moves closer to Puerto Rico, Shear Madness has a new detective running the show, and art at the new fire station really rocks.
Arts Column  November 18, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Schlosser Development and Whole Foods Market have selected Austin artists Virginia Fleck, Beverly Penn, and Margo Sawyer to create site-specific artwork on the site of the Whole Foods flagship store as part of a Market District Art, Culture and Community Plan. Sawyer and Penn will both create works for the Sixth Street Plaza: a series of cast and fused glass elements resting within a field of stone, specifically textured, and flowering plants in a planter from Sawyer and two site-specific bronze sculptures from Penn..."

Around the World ...
In 28 ethnic markets: where to shop when you want to live locally and eat globally
Food Story  February 28, 2003, by Mick Vann
"...As Austin has grown from a provincial culinary backwater to a more cosmopolitan cuisine scene, and the supporting casts of international cuisine refugees have arrived from all corners of the U.S. and the globe, we have noticed a slow but steady growth in the ethnic markets that supply and feed those global foodies..."

Still Hungry
Reassessing the state of Austin's food security
Food Story  October 12, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...They focus on how food is produced, distributed and consumed, operating a self-sufficiency model that really works. SFC offers cooking classes, gardening instruction and garden plots, canning and preserving workshops, and support for seasonal farmer's markets in low-income neighborhoods..."

Neighborhood Bankers or International Big Shots?
Laredo National Bank opens a branch in Austin, trailing a big fine and a clouded political and financial history.
News Story  June 22, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...Laredo National Bank, one of the most heavily scrutinized banks in recent Federal Reserve Board history, has made its entry into the Austin marketplace -- opening its doors for business in one of the last places you'd expect to cash a paycheck. An abandoned hamburger joint in South Austin is the newest branch location of Laredo National, a border-town financial institution with assets of $2.5 billion and a reputation as deep and colorful as the mustard-yellow hue that has replaced the faded façade of Roland's Hamburgers...."

Mapping Calle Ancha
The Avenue That Existed Before That Big Parking Lot in the Sky, I-35, Was Built
Features Story  January 26, 2001, by Belinda Acosta
"...In between, there were key landmarks, remembered with various degrees of clarity by some, forgotten by others. The most commonly mentioned landmarks include the Market Cafe at Sixth Street, remembered for its size, its long counter, black and white tile, 20-foot-high ceilings, and ceiling fans..."

Culinary Studies
Cooking Schools in Austin
Food Story  January 19, 2001, by MM Pack
"..."We encourage students to not necessarily limit themselves to careers as chefs in hotels and restaurants," Lawrence says. "There's a wide variety of career opportunities available for culinarians, like teaching, event planning, food styling, corporate chefs, private chefs, supermarket chefs..."

One Man Talking
In these days of HDTV, IMAX theatres with SurroundSound, and interactive software in 3-D hyper-realism, who wants to listen to one man talking for 90 minutes on a stage? A lot of people, when the man is Steven Tomlinson, award-winning economics lecturer, lay preacher, and Austin's premier monologist, as Wayne Alan Brenner explains.
Arts Story  March 31, 2000, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."I try to make it tighter, make it faster. You have to work to keep people's attention, you've got to earn that, and in some respects you've got to be better than the alternative -- because it's a free market..."

Mapping the Future
Seven longtime Austinites talk about Smart Growth, neighborhood planning, and the future of Central Austin in an October roundtable discussion.
News Story  December 3, 1999, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Silicon Valley realized too late that their quality of life was shot, and now they're trying to retrofit. We still have time to change market action here."..."

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CSC: It's a Good Thing
Columns  April 1, 1999
"...Your editorial posed the questions "What if there is an economic slowdown? Or the inevitable bust?" This is a reason to support the CSC proposal, not to be against it. Because CSC is able to finance this project in large part with its own money (as opposed to debt), this project can actually be built without reliance on shifting financial markets..."

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Nichols Is Biased
Columns  January 14, 1999
"...We would once again like to offer you an opportunity to hear firsthand what is being planned and to give any input you may have. As private-sector developers, we try to pay attention both to the concerns of citizens as well as the dictates of the market..."

Saturday Night Live
Mayor Kirk Watson takes his downtown vision to the streets
News Story  October 2, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...But there's nobody down there now to complain. Is there a plan for the Marketplace20 parking?..."

Out of Reach
Living Wage Eludes the Average Austinite
News Story  March 20, 1998, by Nate Blakeslee
"...The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce is predicting continued robust growth for 1998, and everyone agrees that the area unemployment rate is around 3.1%, roughly 40% below the national average. As local economic prognosticator Jon Hockenyos told the Austin American-Statesman on March 3, "you're talking about a very healthy regional economy and a very tight labor market." A tight labor market means a smaller pool of available workers, which, according to the conventional economic wisdom, means higher wages..."

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Columns  October 3, 1997
"...As a frequent shopper at Central Market, I don't think that you needed to tell people that it is the "Best Free Meal & Grazing" spot. It is abundantly evident that most people already know this..."

Downtown's Promise
News Story  October 3, 1997, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Even at R/UDAT Revisited, the conclave was broken into six broadly defined themes -- downtown management, market development, arts and human services, natural and built environment, transportation, and regulation and government policy -- that spawned a welter of discussion from a panoply of stakeholders drawn from Austin's sociopolitical A-list. This did little, it seemed, to further the mission of simplicity, but after lunch had been served and everyone went back to work, the R/UDAT team settled quickly on five specific projects, presented for public consumption the following evening on KLRU's Austin at Issue..."

June 18, 1996: Aguascalientes in La Realidad, Chiapas
News Story  July 12, 1996
"...Other issues in foreign policy would be Cuba and the European Economic Community. These are handled by politicians based on what market of votes they are interested in capturing, what market of votes are they interested in attracting..."

Texas Craft Brewers Festival Debuts Beer List
The Texas-only beer celebration returns to Austin
DAILY Food  September 1, 2016, by Eric Puga
"...Reader Mail: With so many Texas beer choices on the market and only so much cash in my pocket, is there an alternative to downsizing my efficiency apartment each year or rooming with 14 rejected pledge sisters in lieu of turning to the cheap adjunct, big-beer alternatives for my weekend buzz?..."

We Can't Make It Here Anymore
As the city's Economic Development Department readies its recommendations to City Council on Mayor Adler's Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, is it already too late for local artists in terms of local affordability?
Music Story  May 26, 2016, by Doug Freeman
"...AMP's Austin Music Industry Eco­nomic Impact Study details that the local music economy has risen to a $1.8 billion high, but the drivers of that money have significantly shifted. Festivals and major shows now propel the market, while the impact of local artists, businesses, and venues has declined more than 15%...."

Filmmaking Sin Fronteras
In its 18th annual edition, Cine Las Americas presents an eclectic mix
Screens Story  April 16, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Additionally, Lauer's previous experience includes working as a volunteer and coordinating consultant at the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival, as well as serving as the market coordinator for the Fantastic Market/Mercado Fantastico at Austin's long-running Fantastic Fest. In short, she's more than qualified to take over the reins at CLAIFF..."

Food-o-File
The new Mueller Farmers' Market satisfies local appetites
Food Column  September 21, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The new Mueller Farmers' Market is already a big hit with the neighborhood. Weather on the opening Sunday was glorious and the turnout was huge..."

Sarah Rowland Dies at 53
One of the matriarchs of the area organic farm movement died Friday
DAILY Food  August 26, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Over the past 20 years, the Rowlands have provided quality organic produce to Central Texas families through community supported agriculture shares and farmers' market booths at the Westlake Farmers' Market, Sunset Valley Farmers' Market, and Cedar Park Farm2Market. Sarah Rowland offered advice and counsel to Westlake Farmers' Market founder Pamela Boyar and served on the board of that market in both of it's first two locations..."

The 5th Street Posse
Neighbors and cops banded together to shut down this open-air drug market
News Story  July 13, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Seemingly overnight, Whistler says, a 24-hour open-air drug market sprang up along the street. Walking out of her building and down the block without hassle was nearly impossible..."

Booming in the Bust
ACC advances its higher-ed march across the region – but not everyone is happy
News Story  August 27, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...And finally, Luckstead and Molina note that ACC administrators got substantial raises last year – the top being Workforce Education and Business Development Vice President Mike Midgley with a 42% bump, and Ferrell himself with a 33% increase. Ferrell, however, says these raises were "market adjustments" – long overdue pay changes to keep with the board policy of making ACC competitive by putting staff pay in the top three community colleges in the state..."

Cast Away
Pure Castings, Zavala Elementary, pollution, jobs ... and the neighborhood
News Story  August 28, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Part of the discussion around developing a 50-year Integrated Solid Waste Man­age­ment Master Plan (see "A Plan to Plan for a Zero-Waste City," July 31) revolves around attracting green-collar manufacturing and recycling. At the moment, the city sells all its recyclables on the open market, much of which will then be shipped to China..."

Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves ... and Austin, Too!
The Austin chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier is fulling its mission to create a supportive culture in its community to achieve excellence in food, beverage, and hospitality professions
Food Story  April 11, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Carol Brock was very helpful," recalls Susan Auler. Central Market foodie Jane King corresponded with Les Dames members in Australia via e-mail before a vacation Down Under and found their help to be invaluable..."

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