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Developing Stories
City off to promising start with Seaholm East Redevelopment District
News Column  March 7, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...What's the rush? Austin will get only one shot at this crucial redevelopment, which will take many years to complete. The city should take the time – a few months at least – to first translate its own vision and principles into a solid land-use plan, based on community-generated values as well as market realities..."

Naked City
News Story  December 21, 2007
"...• In other economic news, recently released findings on housing affordability that are a study in contrasts. Ranking as the nation's most expensive housing market is Beverly Hills, with an average home price of $2.21 million, which is no surprise..."

Naked City
News Story  August 10, 2007
"...The school fund is falling behind the returns of other public investment funds, largely because of a conservative approach to investing. The new shift to alternative investments aims for high returns, but considering the current worries about the future of the stock market, the timing could prove to be terrible..."

Developing Stories: Pioneering at Mueller
Urban trailblazers aren't just settling Downtown
News Column  March 23, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...In all, about 2,200 homes will be built for sale at Mueller (pronounced "miller") over the next decade or so. The market-rate housing in phase one is priced from the $180,000s for a 900-square-foot home, to the $600,000s for a 3,700-square-foot home..."

Family Flight
Will AISD abandon its shrinking schools?
News Story  February 3, 2006, by Rachel Proctor May
"...The most pronounced pocket is in central East Austin, but it also strikes older suburbs, like the Sunset Valley area. Many of those that remain full, such as Zilker, do so only by sucking transfers from other schools, in sort of a voluntary, market-driven version of the efficiency Forgione hopes to achieve...."

Point Austin: Under Fire
Memo to Toby Futrell: it's called 'negotiation'
News Column  September 23, 2005, by Michael King
"...Futrell insists the city is negotiating in good faith but that the AAPFF proposals are simply unrealistic. She says the city entered the negotiations with three goals: 1) to "sync up" the public safety contracts chronologically, so that police and firefighters would be negotiating in the same year; 2) to "meet but not exceed" in contract value the contract for the police officers (proportionate to the size of the departments); and 3) to move from a "guaranteed percentage" increase (as with the police contract) to a "market point" target (competitive with similar cities)...."

Delay of Game
Seaholm, Block 21 challenge the Downtown Domino theory
News Story  April 8, 2005, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The economic cycle and Downtown market have twisted and turned, although with developers like Tom Stacy now pitching 'scrapers even taller and shinier than Frost Bank Tower, the downsizing of B21 can't entirely be pinned on the market. Indeed, MetLife, which owns 100 Congress, is pulling permits for its long-discussed (and now residential) companion tower on the Colorado Street side, right next to CSC East and a mere block from Block 21, planned to shoot up to 24 stories, dwarfing CSC and City Hall..."

Culture Flash!
The new Whole Foods will be getting some tasty new art, the Blanton just needs another $12 million, and where in the world is the Cultural Arts office
Arts Column  December 24, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...When the new Whole Foods world headquarters goes live in '05, the blocklong complex will boast new public art: a sculpture garden in the pedestrian plaza along Sixth Street and a three-panel mural wall on Fifth Street. Schlosser Development, which is transforming several blocks east of Lamar into the Market District, is dropping $250,000 on the two art projects – the first phase of a million-dollar commitment to what the company calls the Market District's Art, Culture, and Community Plan, which will ensure public art in all the newly developed areas, plus the existing Sixth and Lamar center where BookPeople and Whole Foods are currently housed..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  October 18, 2002
"...When I asked, he said that he was not familiar with Kim Richey. (Shame on her record company's marketing department.) I told him if he liked music so much that it gave him goose bumps, he'd love Kim Richey...."

Critic's Picks
Food & Drink
Best of Austin Story  October 5, 2001
"...Only one thing trumps finding gorgeous just-picked organic veggies at a farmer's market, and that's having a bushel basket of them delivered to your doorstep once a week. Discover that the tender-skinned, dead-ripe tomato that looks and tastes like a tomato was not a figment of your childhood imagination..."

The Changing Face of Downtown
News Story  April 20, 2001
"...COMPLETION DATE: January 2002 Landholder/developer Perry Lorenz bought this property for a song from Resolution Trust Corp. in 1993, and sold it to CarrAmerica when the market started getting hot again..."

Against the Grain
A profile of Bad Livers bassist Mark Rubin
Music Story  November 5, 1999, by Andy Langer
"...Without Rubin's side project, Rubinchik's Orkestyr, session work, production gigs, and radio/television jobs, or Barnes' solo gigs and self-released CDs, neither would make a livable wage. Nonetheless, nothing but the music itself says more about what makes Barnes, and Rubin in particular, tick than the way they've handled their affairs and presented the Bad Livers to the world outside Texas and outside the traditional acoustic music markets...."

Making Waves
The growing number of cellular towers in Austin has prompted changes to the ordinance regulating the towers.
News Story  September 10, 1999, by Mike Jasper
"...Plans for a second trailer park on Old Bee Caves Road don't bother DeVictoria, since she believes it poses much less of a threat to her property value than the towers. Unable to afford a $3,000-$5,000 real estate appraisal of her home, she asked local real estate broker John Rosshirt to give her an eyeball estimate of the market value with and without the towers next door..."

Why Wall Street Is Betting on Austin's Multimedia That Magic Touch
Screens Story  March 4, 1999, by Louisa C. Brinsmade
"...It all sounds so sudden, but this happy environment exploded out of a convergence of money, innovative technology, and creative talent. And each part of the convergence hinges on one thing: the Internet -- as a marketing and commerce center, a learning tool, and a shared experience..."

The World on a Shelf
Food Story  January 28, 1999, by Rachel Feit
"...Take Austin, for example. Middle Eastern, Latin American, Asian, South Asian, African, and even obscure European foodstuffs can be found in grocery stores and local markets in virtually every corner of the city..."

Tracking the MACC
A Brief History of Austin's Latino Cultural Center
Arts Story  June 12, 1998, by Mary Jane Garza
"...We already have a commitment to making it almost rent-free. When you talk about the larger groups and the 501(c)(3)s, we're going market rate..."

The Post Man Always Saves Twice
Screens Story  July 11, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...At a time when few Internet experts seem to agree on anything, one Web theory is emerging: Over the next five years, what is now an open market of data will likely shake down to only one, two, or three real winners. According to this spin on traditional media theory, these sites (or network of sites) will prosper as the unofficial "sites of record" for their given field -- be it "children," "games," "sports," or "travel." These monster sites stand to become each Internet category's ABC, NBC, and CBS, and one of the fiercest competitions for dominance lies in the "search engine" category, where early leaders like Yahoo!, AltaVista, and Excite are battling to become the library that marks the starting point for each Web trip..."

Patients Who Pay
New Hospitals Could Siphon Prime Resource
News Story  November 22, 1996, by Robert Bryce
"...The answer to the first question is easy: MedCath Incorporated of Charlotte, North Carolina will build a $27.5 million heart hospital, and Universal Health Services of Philadelphia is putting up a $14 million women's hospital, because they see a lucrative market...."

Illbient for Spooky
Columns  November 15, 1996
"...Competition in this market promises to bring increased job opportunities and greater business activity, both of which are always needed in this state. We need large companies and corporations to invest their dollars in Texas..."

Austin, California?
The West Coast Goes to the Southwest
News Story  June 30, 1995
"...Cost of living in California, even outside the main urban areas, is cited as one of the main reasons for relocating by many of the other recent newcomers, including Mark Anderson, a TV director at KTBC who lived between Los Angeles and San Francisco. "I always thought I wanted to jump from market to market," says Anderson..."

Crossing the Lines
Women Comic Strippers
Books Story  May 12, 1995, by Kate X Messer
"...The book heralded a veritable renaissance of women artists on the "alternative" comic planet, albeit as an exception to the norm. In spite of this minority status, and at the point marking the 100th anniversary of the 1895 creation of the comic strip, the alternative publishing market has seen an increase in the number of women's self-authored titles..."

A New Generation Opens Up to Global Cuisine
Local tastemakers think outside America's borders
Food Story  December 8, 2016, by Veronica Meewes
"...My Thanh Supermarket (which translates, appropriately, to "Beautiful Victory," but was eventually shortened to MT) began as a 2,000-square-foot market on North Lamar. Pat grew up sacking groceries, cashiering, and then handling the wholesale business as the store grew exponentially with the city..."

The Spirit of the City and the Letter of the Law Collide at Sekrit Theater
Beau Reichert struggles with the city over his backyard arts complex
News Story  September 1, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...Clark and his wife recently put their house on the market, a decision Clark said has more to do with the lack of space in the subdivision than anything that's happened at the Sekrit Theater. "I hate what's going on," Clark said..."

Mueller vs. TCAD: No Room for Affordability?
TCAD attorney says Mueller is placing blame on appraisal board
News Story  November 5, 2015, by Michael King
"...That currently represents 290 homes, with another 300 planned at full build-out of the development. On the affordable housing stock – which is physically integrated into market-rate neighborhoods – resale values are limited to an annual appreciation of 2%..."

Reji Thomas Has Left the Building
Pining for Pine Street
News Story  November 6, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...In 2009, Thomas re-established the space as Pine Street Station. Subsequent events have included AIDS Services of Austin's ArtErotica, the annual QueerBomb celebration, HOPE Farmers Market (the East­side's first), the Fader Fort during SXSW, and the annual East Austin Studio Tour...."

ACBA Summit: Austin Co-ops on the Move
Annual confab hopes to support democratic businesses
News Story  April 4, 2014, by Robyn Ross
"...Strength in numbers is also the driving force behind Yard to Market Co-op, which gives avid gardeners the opportunity to sell their produce in retail settings. The co-op's Annelies Lottmann says the barriers to entering those retail settings are generally too high for individuals; the cost of a table, tent, and farmers' market fees could amount to a small-time gardener's entire profit for the year..."

Then There's This: Faith and the Environment
Interfaith leaders push for more renewables in city's generation plan
News Column  April 4, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...The theme of the event, "Fair, Affordable, and Green: Faithfully Building Our Energy Future," didn't exactly mesh with the mini-powerpoint presentation by Khalil Shalabi, AE's vice president for energy market operations and resource planning, but this was a polite crowd and Shalabi, who's fairly new to AE, is more user-friendly than some of the other executive branch members of the utility. Any disagreements with his presentation were confined to whispers in the back of the room, which in this case was the worship space of members of the East Austin Community of Al-Islam..."

Park Benched
The Cost of Art, Part II: Without enough buyers for art, local galleries like Tiny Park can't make the rent
Arts Story  March 28, 2014, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"...The blunt facts ... the rising rent has gotten too high for our limited personal resources, and the Austin art market is still too small..."

His Cup Runneth Over
Tipsy Texan David Alan is having the time of his life
Food Story  July 5, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Alan moved to Houston in 2000 to help his boss open a Katz's Deli outpost there and ended up working three years in the Bayou City. He returned to Austin in 2003 as a sales representative for Texas Coffee Traders, and, in addition to selling coffee to the hospitality trade and finishing a degree at the University of Texas, Alan also set up a coffee booth at the Downtown Farmers' Market every Saturday morning...."

(Apple) Core Values
The East Side Compost Pedallers are cycling across a gardener's gold mine
Food Story  May 10, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...Several partners, including Springdale Farm, Urban Patchwork, and the University of Texas' Concho Community Garden and Micro Farm, use the material for compost, and in turn, for growing more local food. ESCP is also on site every Sunday at HOPE Farmers Market and Mueller Farmers Market, engaging in community outreach and collecting compost..."

Project Diaspora co-founder and SXSW speaker talks African tech
DAILY SXSW  March 13, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...TMS Ruge: I think for me the passion and frustration from the entrepreneurs directed at the gate keepers hampering their innovations from successful market penetration was interesting. Safaricom was particularly vilified for it's slow response to embrace and nurture developer enthusiasm..."

Eye of the Media Storm
On the block, the Statesman fiddles while the industry burns
News Story  March 6, 2009, by Kevin Brass
"...As the market crumbles, critics wonder if newspaper managers are equipped to handle the modern competition. "[P]rint is killing print," Advertising Age columnist Simon Dumen­co wrote recently..."

Can the Bands Play On?
The Live Music Task Force tunes up to protect Austin's claim to fame
News Story  July 18, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...The 15 members appointed by Wynn, Martinez, and Cole in February include respected club and music-business owners: Steve Wertheimer (Continental Club), James Moody (Mohawk and Transmission Entertainment), Chair Paul Oveisi (Momo's and Second Floor Management). Other members include working musician Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma), promoter Charles Attal (C3 Presents), Rose Reyes (director of Music Marketing for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau), and city music and planning commissioners..."

Reefer Madness
War on Prohibition is the new War on Drugs
News Column  November 2, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...The group's message is simple: The Drug War is a lie that ruins lives and damages the reputation of and respect for police. If you want to control the market for illicit drugs, LEAP asserts, legalize them – it's the only way to regulate their distribution and use..."

Finding the Sweet Spot
For Austin's 'density bonus' development program – what's on our wish list?
News Story  October 26, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...At that time, providing affordable housing was just one way of earning "points" on a long menu; today it's viewed as a core requirement for a density-bonus program. Other goals incentivized a decade ago – such as simply providing any housing Downtown, or two-star Green Building – now have become market norms..."

Bad Medicine?
No Child Left Behind prescribed for Austin schools – although the cure may be worse than the illness
News Story  September 30, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...First, no student should be stuck in a bad school. But it's also way to pay homage to the much-disputed logic of "school choice" – that marketlike "competition" will force all schools to improve – without directly opening the slimy and contentious can of worms that also contains private-school vouchers..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  February 13, 2004
"...Wal-Mart reportedly insists on a 5% reduction in price from its suppliers each year, bankrupting many and forcing others to either skimp on quality or move jobs overseas in order to meet price targets. As a powerful force in the retail market, the discounters force prices down across the board..."

Borders Backs Out
A setback for Sixth + Lamar, a victory for keeping Austin weird
News Story  April 25, 2003, by Lauri Apple and Mike Clark-Madison
"...In addition, Borders executives were reportedly not happy with Schlosser Development's changing vision for Sixth + Lamar. The development was first conceived (and known as the Austin MarketPlace) in 1998 as an urban, multitenant, pedestrian-oriented retail mall..."

A Shared Vision
MM Pack reports on the combination of generosity and hard work that built the Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts at Travis High School.
Food Story  October 11, 2002, by MM Pack
"...Some of the professional partner/sponsors are the Austin Hotel/Motel Association, Texas Restaurant Association, Driskill Grill and Bar, Hyatt Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, St. Edward's University, Texas Culinary Academy, Whole Foods Market, Word of Mouth Catering, and Buca di Beppo Restaurant...."

Enron's Masters of the Universe
A Conversation with Robert Bryce
News Story  October 4, 2002, by Michael King
"...Enron had to borrow tremendous amounts of capital to keep its trading operation alive, and the trading was supposed to be this tremendously profitable venture. The fact of the matter is, it was not, and the only profitable venture they were making with the trading was their mark-to-market accounting, to show initially huge revenue and profit increases -- even though the "profits" that they were making were not cash...."

Savings or Slush?
In a tight budget year, Austin Energy's debt management fund is under scrutiny.
News Story  August 23, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...All arguments that may carry this round -- but which won't forever quash the questions born of the complicated relationship between Austin Energy, City Hall, and the citizens.Waiting on Dereg What Robbins calls the "slush fund" is Austin Energy's Debt Management Fund, created to house "excess electric utility cash" by the City Council in December 1996, as part of its major push to get AE ready for the new era of electric deregulation. (The same effort led to the "rebranding" of the former Electric Utility Dept.) Back then, many felt it inevitable that the Legislature would in 1997 open up the entire Texas retail electric market to competition, and that Austin Energy would be a sitting duck if it didn't cut its costs instead of raising its rates, which haven't changed since 1994..."

Beaten by Wackenhut
A former Travis County inmate alleges that Wackenhut Corporation bears responsibility for his prison beating.
News Story  July 5, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...As of the end of 2001, WCC was managing 61 contracts worldwide, comprising 22% of the total U.S. private corrections market and 56% of the international market, totaling 43,000 inmate beds in North America, Australia, Great Britain, and South Africa -- where the company recently opened a 3,024-bed maximum security prison..."

Fish Tales
Eaves Bros. Quality Seafood, At the Sign of the Neon Lobster
Food Story  March 22, 2002, by MM Pack
"...This last isn't too surprising, considering that an astonishing 8,000 pounds of seafood arrive every day at this unassuming white building on Airport Boulevard, where it's efficiently processed for the retail fish market, the in-house restaurant, and the extensive wholesale operation that supplies fish to 180 Austin-area restaurants. If you eat out in this city, chances are you've tasted seafood from Eaves Bros..."

Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...Best Weekly Carnival AtmosphereAustin Country Flea Market..."

Playing on the Past
Screens Story  June 10, 1999, by Chris Baker
"...Pac-Man, and often they're just as popular as their newer neighbors. You can find classic games and game systems at flea markets, thrift stores, and the City-Wide Garage Sale..."

Your 15 Minutes Are Up, Mr. Gates
Top Nine Cyber Stories
Screens Story  January 7, 1999, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...... The market research company forecasts 206 million dial-up connections and 17.5 million permanent connections in the year 2005." The report predicts that "the U.S..."

The Information Junkie
Screens Story  November 20, 1998, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...My projects at IOD covered a tremendous, sometimes bizarre, range of topics, from the market for water-pumping windmills, to the latest trends in designer sunglasses, to current therapies for canine hip dysplasia. I learned to think quickly, and creatively, about information sources and techniques...."

Columns  October 30, 1998
"...12, the City Council adopted a resolution that provided a list of projects to be funded by alternate funding sources, including cash reserves. Many of those projects are the same ones mentioned in the article, including extension of South First Street; Mayfield, Davis Hill, and Garrison parks improvements; improvements to Dittmar, Parque Zaragoza, and Northwest recreation centers; Havins Field expansion; construction of an "undesignated" fire station in Southwest Austin; renovations to the Austin Police Department Headquarters and Municipal Court facility; an Emergency Medical Services addition to the Fire Station at 5507 Ranch-to-Market-Road 2222; bank stabilization for the Highland Park Cemetery; and drainage projects for both Scenic Brook and Westover Hills subdivisions...."

Pocketbook Politics
If Not Now, When?
News Story  October 2, 1998, by Erica C. Barnett
"...Business leaders, who almost unanimously oppose the idea of a higher minimum wage, readily confirm this suspicion. Glenn West, president of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, says that although the number of businesses that contract with the city is fairly small, the larger business community would generally view a living wage initiative for city-contracted employers "as a stepping stone toward a citywide minimum wage." In general, West says, "the business community believes that the less regulation there is for how people should be compensated, the better -- the market, supply and demand, and the skills people bring to the job will determine that."..."

Crisis at the Rape Crisis Center
Has Idealism Become the Victim of Financial Reality?
News Story  December 20, 1996, by Kayte VanScoy
"...One current volunteer and two former volunteers are offended by the general impression that programs for children and the disabled have simply been easier for the board to market than programs for ethnic minorities. Even ARCC board member Pankey concedes that "rape crisis is not a popular subject" in the world of corporate giving..."

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