"...Regardless of whether virtual reality is truly the inevitable and all-encompassing future or not, development studios in Austin have jumped aboard the VR train with the hope of being present at the very beginning of the Next Big Thing. However, they’ll have to survive in the VR market as it is now: very limited...."
"...But Goodwill can't afford to be sentimental – it doesn't have time. With almost 95 million pounds of donations last year, it has to process goods as fast as it can, to sell them in stores, at the outlet, or to vendors who take them to flea markets, resale shops, online auctions, and domestic and overseas recycling operations..."
"...The creator of the hugely popular anime series RWBY, Monty Oum died suddenly at the age of 33 from “an extreme allergic reaction to a routine medical procedure.” Fans took to our boards to grieve – and anti-vaxxers took the opportunity to put in their own two cents. [image-2] 2) “Simulated Sex” This breakout feature from our SXSW Interactive preview explored the expanding market for “cutting-edge smut for virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.” Former adult film star Kayden Kross expressed some doubt over the burgeoning virtual pornography field: “I mean, it would have to be some damn good technology." [image-3] 3) "Breakfast With Bigots" This story – and its sting – is still fresh: In early December, two hijab-wearing Muslim women were the targets of Islamophobic comments while waiting for a table at Kerbey Lane Cafe, and a manager declined to remove the insulting party from the restaurant. Kerbey Lane CEO Mason Ayer took responsibility for not training employees on “how to handle a heated, hate-filled assault by one of our guests directed at another” and vowed to make that training a priority going forward. 4) “Phillip Perea Commits Suicide”..."
"...Fun Fun Fun Fest producers Transmission Events expanded into Dallas and partnered with the Reverberation Appreciation Society to put on Psych Fest – now called Levitation. Also booking beyond city limits, Scoremore, Austin's young hip-hop and dance music promoters, who are extending into the untapped San Antonio market by putting shows on at Backstage Live, rebranding as the Alamo City Music Hall...."
"...The most visually striking new element at Mueller is the 83,000-square-foot H-E-B supermarket, anchoring the Market District at the intersections of Berkman Drive, 51st Street, and Barbara Jordan Boulevard, designed by Lake|Flato Architects. It is planned to be the company's most environmentally sustainable store to date and a testing ground for sustainable design strategies, reduced energy and water use, and new recycling programs..."
"...If the drug dealers go away, then Cassandra Brooks is not likely to hang around 12th and Chicon because there are no drugs readily available. We likely wouldn't have a man shot in the head on 13th Street if the drug market wasn't there..."
"...Department of Agriculture. Almost half is fresh food from the Central Texas Food Rescue program, through which firms such as H-E-B, Whole Foods, Central Market, and Wal-Mart donate short-dated perishables like vegetables and dairy, so the most needy get the nutrition they really need..."
"...The combination of high-deductible health insurance and HSAs is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems. For example, Whole Foods Market pays 100% of the premiums for all our team members who work 30 hours or more per week (about 89% of all team members) for our high-deductible health-insurance plan..."
"...Now, with the national economy and the housing markets in financial meltdown, Austinites are wondering about the luxury-condo and apartment-tower boom. Is it over? Is the densification of Downtown, as one remedy to suburban sprawl, on hold? Or is 2009 the ideal year to find a bargain and join the trend? While Austin's real estate market has weathered the recession better than those of many other cities, many wonder about the demand for all the luxury units under construction...."
"...In most cases, the government would simply let natural market forces take their course. As broadcasters began offering digital services, consumers would buy more digital TVs, when they could afford them...."
"...Aggressively shepherded by FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin, the new ruling allows newspapers in the Top 20 markets to buy any broadcast station that isn't among the Top 4 in its market..."
"...All the protections of the SOS Ordinance in place would still apply.) The hope is that easing the rules on relatively close-in redevelopment will counter sprawl into the Hill Country. But whether market forces would actually work that way is open to much debate; as the SOS Alliance points out, a groovier New Urban Oak Hill Town Center could well attract new development all along both 290 and 71..."
"...Extensive research documenting the economic and property-value benefits of urban parkland has been published by professor John Crompton of Texas A&M (see "Real Value: The Parks Premium"). "The real estate market consistently demonstrates that many people are willing to pay a larger amount for a property located close to parks and open space areas," wrote Crompton in a 2000 report..."
"...Longtime farming and ranching families get to preserve traditional values, their rural heritage, and wide open spaces. Developers get a voluntary approach that can yield about the same profits as a conventional 5-acre-lot subdivision, provides a distinctive marketing angle, and lets them be good guys for a change..."
"...In 1979, the Dia Foundation, backed by the Menil family of Houston's immense oil fortune, purchased an abandoned cavalry fort just south of town, and Judd went to work creating what would become the Chinati Foundation. "Oil was crazy, the art market was going crazy," says Michael Roch, a Marfa artist who would work for Judd a decade later..."
"...... Now that Downtown is coming up with some reasonably priced options, it's really opening up the marketplace for the Average Joe."..."
"...According to Dad John, the coolest photo in Jack's baby book is of father and son in their matching Astros regalia... The big buzz at last week's "Zinner's" Wine Club gathering was all about the impending sale of Grape Vine Market (7938 Great Northern Blvd., 323-5900) to Majestic Liquors of Fort Worth, although there's been no official confirmation as yet..."
"... Austin-based Whole Foods Market, the nation's largest retailer of organic and natural foods, announced last week that it would begin labeling its private-label food products to indicate that no genetically modified ingredients were used in production. Although Whole Foods has vowed not to use GM foods in its in-house products since 2001, shareholders have been pressuring the company lately to put such consumer information on labels, both as a marketing tool and a way to help consumers identify and avoid GM foods..."
"...What Clear Channel doesn't understand is that the amount of advertising on our airwaves isn't what turns listeners away it's the prepackaged formats programmed without considering why Austinites chose to live here. All the changes in the local media landscape should be the clearest signal that Austin media is failing to satisfy this market...."
"...Though the CTRMA has already been audited, twice, by TxDOT, Strayhorn agreed with state Rep. Terry Keel (and, for what it's worth, Council Member Brewster McCracken) that the authority's free-spending ways as demonstrated by its recent award of a $750,000 toll road marketing contract to a group led by TateAustin deserve a closer look..."
"...When Central Market Westgate nonperishables director Darrel Benavides began to fantasize about a green-chile jam to offer his customers during the end-of-summer Chile Festival, he happened to mention his dreams to just the right folks. Jill and Kevin Lewis are famous for the award-winning condiments that bear the Austin Slow Burn label, and they knew they were up to the challenge..."
"..."We don't think you're going to see record sales coming back all of a sudden. If you consider the entire market of record buyers in Austin, and you start taking out the record stores to where it's just one store, maybe that can exist..."
"...Really, that's all Garden Terrace is -- a place to live. And it's a testament to the worn, torn state of the safety net, and to the dysfunction of the local housing market, that Garden Terrace is unique and innovative and desperately needed, and that it took its developers -- Foundation Communities Inc..."
"...Being an independent curator, that is something I have always championed, the sense that we can do it ourselves, no need to conform or follow any preordained system. Also, being in New York I had enough of the art market and artwork coming out of schools that were just feeding the art market..."
"...Farmer's Market Openings..."
"...Hauser, meanwhile, who'd brought most of the group together, had left early on to start up the successful FreedomFest franchise. O'Connor was left holding the market share of shows in Austin...."
"...I was very disturbed to read the following two sentences in David Garza's report of a speech by Carlos Fuentes ["In Person," April 6]: "Interrupted by eager applause at the LBJ auditorium, Fuentes denounced the United States' policy of condescension toward the drug situation in Mexico. He lambasted the Zionist thread of current political thought, too, which argues for the mobility of goods and currency but not labor in our continental free market."..."
"...With the announce-ment just before New Year's that Whole Foods Market Inc. would be banning genetically engineered foods from its store brands, Austin's hometown "natural" grocery store placed Central Texas in the middle of the ongoing debate over the evils of messing with Mother Nature..."
"...49]. I am one of the many people who have only recently become aware of the prevalence of GE food in our supermarkets..."
"...New Urbanists are "like minded" members of the business community who use our current state of democracy to build densely populated 24-hour consumer marketplaces out of city cores...."
"...For example, no specific data on the quality of clinical services appears in the annual report (it was presented to the BHOC in executive session), except for the assurance that "Seton met or exceeded national quality standards in the vast majority of areas reported." Seton has stressed that there are several categories of information it must keep confidential. They include: patients' medical records, details on physicians' peer-review process, and market-sensitive information which could damage Seton's competitive advantage in the Austin health care market..."
"...Not everyone will agree with relocation of the music venue, but we would like the discussion to be based on an accurate portrayal of the city's actions. When the city offered Liberty Lunch a substantially below-market rate lease in 1993, it was with the full understanding that it would be canceled when the city-owned block was developed...."
"...High Rock Ranch Peaches 1. Unprecedented growth in the Austin restaurant market..."
"...Not for another 24 years did a mural capture the attention of Austinites the way Fogel's had in 1950, and never before had a work of public art managed to celebrate the public expression like this one. Painted by then-University of Texas students Kerry Awn, Rick Turner, and Tommy Bee, the Austintatious mural presides over the Renaissance Market next door to the University Co-op on the Drag..."
"...photograph by Diane Watts Smooth jazz is the work of the devil. It is a ravenous creature, born of something real and pure, that now seeks to devour its progenitor - a beautiful, graceful animal that unwittingly crapped out a spore, which somehow, through bizarre genetic experimentation no doubt performed in a marketing boardroom in Pasadena, replicated its DNA..."
"...And because there are no other vendors capable of handling the contract, the city will be forced to meet BFI's terms. Right now, BFI sells all the recyclables on the open market and pays the city $12.83 per ton of material handled..."
"...Remember the Eighties? Back then, when the crane was known as the official bird of Austin, the construction of big office buildings was all the rage -- until the S&L debacle left Austin with a slew of vacant structures. The Nineties brought prosperity and multifamily developments up the wazoo, although activity in the apartment market is starting to slow..."
"...Speaking of Gospel, though, ZSTC Marketing Director Jim Reynolds reports that the musical, which was a risky endeavor for the theatre, turned out a certified hit. In terms of Zach's projections for the run, the show did 150% business during its six-week run..."
"...Is this a chile lovin' town or what? Over 1,000 hot sauce recipes have been judged in two hot sauce contests in rapid succession during a blast furnace of a summer. Last weekend, Market Master Hill Rylander debuted his brand new chile roasters at the Austin Chronicle Sixth Annual Hot Sauce Festival and this Sunday, August 31, he is hosting a chile roasting party, 8am-2pm at the market, 6701 Burnet..."
"...But can the fever for good, aggressive journalism spread throughout the local media? We're usually very doubtful that the five television stations now providing news coverage for the Austin market will ever receive this inspiration. On the other hand, a few outstanding reports making it to the airwaves in recent weeks leave some degree of optimism for a brighter future in which local television newscasts take a leading role in exposing lies, greed, corruption, and hypocrisy from the powers-that-be while protecting the rights and privileges of the public at large...."
"...Adams complains that the old dome is too small, too old, and that he has to share it with a baseball team. He maintains that in order for the Oilers to compete in the free agent market and "field a competitive team" (they were 2-14 last year), they need a larger stadium..."
"...Recently, just one two-week period yielded diverse choices such as Belly, Black Uhuru, Black Crowes, Adam Ant, Jeff Buckley, Faith No More, and Extreme. To the surprise of many, the University of Texas' Memorial Stadium broke a 20-year moratorium and reopened its facility to concerts for the May 5 Eagles date. But as recently as two years ago, artist management and booking agencies considered Austin a secondary market without the large and mid-size venues necessary for extensive national booking..."
"...With last week's news that Whole Foods Market would open no more of its smaller, more affordable 365 stores, plans for Plaza Saltillo were thrown into question. The major East Austin redevelopment, spanning the Capital Metro railyard along Fourth and Fifth streets from I-35 to Comal, was expected to welcome a 365 store later this year, the first full-service grocer to serve the inner Eastside in decades..."
"...Second Saturday Art Center Market Jan. 12, Rockport, www.rockportartcenter.com..."
"...Queerbomb 2018 (June 2, Fair Market, 4pm-2am). The queer invasion returns..."
"...Fair Market. $75...."
"...Why do I think that, and how can we get there? I try to cling to the belief that while there are a myriad of interests and viewpoints out there, they're not all necessarily in conflict. So to the person with the "Stop Code Next" sign who's afraid that the new code is going to flood her yard and price her out of her neighborhood, I think the city will be able to promise better *flood mapping (and *strategies to deal with it), and *better protection for "market affordable" housing stock than are currently in place..."
"...Director Joshua Green went public with the news late Friday, announcing that the landlord had chosen not to renew the nonprofit's lease and would be putting the property on the market with an asking price of $2.4 million. Needless to say, that's beyond the financial reach of Pump Project or any arts organization in town, so once again, a creative hub with an established history of providing cultural benefits to the city is getting booted out of the space it made valuable and will be left without a home – or any realistic prospect of finding a home that it could afford in the central city..."
"...On the ruby'd heels of last week's AIDS Walk come two additional fundraisers worth your attention (and cash if you can spare it). On Saturday, Out Youth – Central Texas' only queer youth organization and drop-in center with counseling services – celebrates its 27th birthday with an extra-glitzy gala at Fair Market..."
"...Testifying Thursday, Robinson said that he didn’t want to be seen as a “sprawl merchant,” and that he supports the Plan’s goals (his memo describes the work as “well done” and “thoughtful”) but felt he needed to point out that “strategic” should also mean “achievable.” He described the local market forces driving housing costs as formidable and therefore difficult for policymakers to affect – should enough housing be built to slow price rises, he said, the market will tend to correct by slowing new construction. Yet Robinson acknowledged that Austin’s preservable affordable housing mostly dates from the Eighties recession (and oversupply) – the logical consequence of that history no one was eager to pursue...."