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Postmarks
Differing takes on Town Lake going Greek; too many zeros for Babich; and the Chronicle film reviewers take another hit.
Columns  October 8, 1999
"...Instead of crickets, we're now surrounded by miles and miles of crackerbox houses inhabited by SUV-driving Republicans with brains no larger than a pea. And I don't mean those big peas they sell in a pod at Central Market; I'm talking about the little tiny ones in the Jolly Green Giant cans...."

Coal Hard Cash
Alcoa has applied for a mining application in Elgin, near Austin.
News Story  September 3, 1999
"...In any case, mining will cease in the Sandow area long before the 40-year term of the water delivery contract expires. Alcoa, in other words, is entering the water marketing business...."

Bank Shot
Is Bigger Better?
News Story  August 5, 1999, by Erica C. Barnett
"...All this goes to show, says Consumers Union spokesman Rob Schneider, that acquisitions result in greater expense to consumers, even as big banks edge smaller, less-costly banks out of the market. "If all or most of your choices are larger institutions, you're likely to pay more than with credit unions for all kinds of services -- the fee for checking accounts will be higher, you'll have a lower rate of interest, and so on down the line."..."

Postmarks
Spare Us
Columns  July 15, 1999
"...As in Austin, you will have to leave your hometown and your land to make room for your betters. This is Smart Growth, a strongly nationalized, federally funded program designed to quickly build a 24-hour-a-day consumer market place, sans the poor, of course..."

Postmarks
Still Pissed
Columns  July 8, 1999
"... Sincerely, Mira L. Debevc Sales & Marketing Assistant Day-Glo Color Corp...."

Far and Away the Best
Screens Story  July 8, 1999, by Louisa C. Brinsmade
"...There's another motivation to the distance education movement according to Brey, and that is to keep more of our educated workforce in their hometowns. "We want to meet the market needs so that native Central Texans can stay in their communities to study and work," he says..."

Nickel-and-Diming It
Security in State Jobs
News Story  May 20, 1999, by Erica C. Barnett
"...Although legislators granted a much-needed pay raise for state workers and UT staff, it's important to note that nothing in the current budget provides for the long-term funding increases that UT would need to bring low-wage staff up to the Austin market level. And it seems safe to assume that the comptroller's budgetary largesse, and the booming state economy, will not last forever, which means that UT wages are likely to continue to fall behind without the benefit of serious structural change from within the university...."

Land of 1,000 Dramas
Venues
Arts Story  March 11, 1999
"...Moore, Cyndi Williams, and the late David Mark Cohen -- to found a company to support local dramatists. ASW provides services that go right to the heart of new drama: helping playwrights write, market, produce, and learn from their stage work..."

The House That PAC Built
Arts Story  October 2, 1998, by Robert Faires
"...Neil Barclay is the man at the top of this chain at the PAC. As the center's associate director for programming, marketing, and development, his responsibilities include, he says, "basically everything that the public sees: marketing, advertising, front of house, the box office..."

Glass of `93
Five Years of Austin Brewpubs
Food Story  April 24, 1998, by Pableaux Johnson
"...Of the five original Austin brewpubs, the three survivors - Bitter End, Waterloo, and Copper Tank - have flourished by developing specific niches (and territories) in the local beer bar market...."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  April 10, 1998
"..."It is worth bearing in mind that athletics at UT and many other big-time places is a self-controlled financial entity," Faulkner told Ward. Faulkner then said he had difficulty justifying golden parachutes for ex-coaches in a "moral way," but that it was necessary in a "market way." Gee, glad we got that cleared up..."

Postmarks
Do the Right Thing
Columns  March 27, 1998
"...I find this ironic since Austin is supposed to be an open-minded and diverse place; I'm sure the people of Austin would appreciate reviews of different kinds of restaurants. How about a series of reviews on Middle Eastern food? (Has anyone ever been to the cafe in Medina Market in Austin? It's a true hole-in-the-wall, but it's pretty good...)..."

Kaplan Crunch
Will Private Firm Put the Squeeze on Public Education?
News Story  December 12, 1997, by Lisa Tozzi
"...For more than 60 years, Kaplan has built its reputation on coaching students for standardized tests such as the SAT. But more recently, Kaplan has discovered the joy of a new niche market -- taking over community colleges' remedial education programs on the theory that a private company can teach basic skills better and faster than in-house staff...."

Road Shows
Are County Bond Proposals Good for the Long Haul?
News Story  October 17, 1997, by Nate Blakeslee
"...illustration by Jason Stout Driving west out of Austin, it used to be easy enough to tell when you had reached unincorporated Travis County -- the road narrowed to the two-lane farm-to-market variety, white-tail deer and buzzards became the dominant social groups (though they never voted as a bloc), and, of course, you encountered the wavy sea of limestone and cedar trees and the unmistakable smell of the Hill Country breeze blowing through your unbattened hatches. These days, determining whether you're on a county road or a city road -- as you head, for example, out Anderson Mill Road or FM620 -- is more a matter of determining when the endless succession of subdivisions and strip malls switches from incorporated sprawl to unincorporated sprawl, which is no easy task (especially if you're still going by the smell of the breeze)..."

False Accusations
Columns  March 21, 1997
"...That growth includes not only people but industries. Many of these industries are probably using some of the over 72,000 synthetic chemicals on the market today..."

Casting Votes Against Development
Columns  February 21, 1997
"...I live in the 78751 zip code and would like to cast a vote against this development. The latest was Central Market, the adjacent condominiums and their success..."

Perpetuating Preservation
Austin's Historic Victory Grill
Music Story  January 3, 1997, by Christopher Hess
"...The venue could be exactly what the flagging market and oft-criticized scene require to re-establish Austin as a legitimate spawning ground for blues and jazz. First, though, people have to cross the unspoken line between what they know as the civilized city and what they've heard is the dark and dangerous unknown..."

The Road to Nowhere
Webberville Aims to Live Forever
News Story  July 26, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"..."People, even the farmers, are getting more health-conscious; they use these herbs themselves, not just grow them as a cash crop. And they have to survive as farmers, too -- as the market changes they'll have to change..."

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

Off the Desk
News Story  June 14, 1996
"...Several merchants are pushing to remove a program administered in their neighborhood called Project PHASE, which for the past three years has provided meals and services, through Youth Options and the People's Community Clinic, for homeless kids under the age of 23. The problem with PHASE, they say, is that the meals the program provides are being handed out from the basement of the Congregational Church in Austin, located in an alley behind the Renaissance Market at 23rd Street and Guadalupe..."

The EUD's Last Good Years
We're Gonna Party Like It's 1997...
News Column  February 23, 1996, by Louisa C. Brinsmade
"...The debate over whether to sell the utility, as was the debate over whether to give up on the public hospital, is taking place behind the scenes, and on Wednesday work sessions. Mayor Bruce Todd's latest pet project (by the way, all of them seem to include privatizing public institutions, and this one is no exception), took one step closer to reality Wednesday with a presentation by Price Waterhouse consultants on the competitive position and value of the city's electric utility. The consultants "reiterated" their recommendation that the city solicit offers to buy the utility and compare the offers to the "risks and benefits of continuing to operate its electric utility in a deregulated market."..."

Upcoming Austin Food Events to Put on Your Calendar
Texas Book Festival, Drag Bingo, a chili cook-off at Scholz, and more
DAILY Food  January 30, 2019, by Emily Beyda
"...On Thursday, Feb. 7, Fair Market will be hosting Austin’s first ever Taste of the Nation event, benefitting No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit dedicated to ending child hunger in America..."

Free Kwanzaa Celebration at George Carver Museum
Elizabeth Kahura explains the principles and food behind the holiday
DAILY Food  December 28, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...Maybe it's plantains, or just something that links them, or reminds them, of their heritage.” Her favorite dish to share is chapati, similar to a tortilla, cooked alongside collard greens and meats to stuff inside. Though Austin does not have many restaurants dedicated to African cuisine (aside from Ethiopian food), she mentions that the Africarib Market on Rundberg is a good starting spot for acquiring some of the ingredients needed for recipes like chapati or simsim...."

Savannah Welch a Year Later
After losing her leg, the Trishas singer revisits the accident and her blessings
Music Story  December 21, 2017, by William Harries Graham
"...Kevin was with Savannah just over a year ago, Nov. 2, 2016, when a car slammed into her at the farmers' market in Wimberley...."

Catching Up With The Beer Diaries
Creators discuss what's next for the local web series
DAILY Food  August 24, 2016, by Tucker Whatley
"...“They are a more mature market, so it’s interesting to see the contrast of an exploding, new market like Austin and these guys who have been around for a while and established their name,” said Mann...."

Queerbomb Will Go On
The state of Queerbomb 2016 and beyond after Saturday's meeting
DAILY Qmmunity  March 30, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...Queerbomb 2016 will take place on June 4 at Fair Market. Stay tuned for more ways you can lend a hand to keep it alive!..."

Public Notice: "A Failed Experiment"
Planning Commission blasts Type 2 STRs
News Column  December 10, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...The people who have invested money in Type 2s, I'm confident ... they will be able to recoup whatever investment they made by returning these Type 2s to the housing market."..."

Point Austin: The Appraisal Scam
TCAD can't accurately appraise commercial properties – and the Lege likes it that way
News Column  May 21, 2015, by Michael King
"...The focus of Murrin's group is the inequity between residential and commercial appraisals; in brief, Real Values contends that for various reasons, commercial property in Texas is taxed at about 40% less than the constitutional standard of "market value," while homeowners' appraisals are much closer to 100%, meaning they bear an inequitable portion of the overall tax burden. The forum occurred on the same day the city released a report City Council commissioned last year to review commercial appraisals, and it turns out that (at least for Austin), Real Values is underestimating the problem...."

Food-o-File: Holiday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  December 23, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In keeping with her tradition of adding new flavors every year, this year she's adding the traditional French galette du roi to her repertoire. Matherne's King Cakes can be picked up at her stall at the Downtown farmers' market on Saturdays and the HOPE Farmers' Market on Sundays...."

The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook
Truly a community cookbook for the ages
Books Story  June 14, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...There are plenty of tempting recipes, of course, as well as informational sidebars, such as Hip Girl Kate Payne's tips on organizing food swaps and gardener Carla Crownover's suggestions about preserving. Fresh sweet corn from the farmers' market went into Rachel Daneman's Thyme and Four Cheese Mini Corn Muffins as well as the Gulf shrimp and corn chowder from Kristi Willis..."

The Food Issue: Finding Austin's Bodegas
We need to talk about Austin's takeout issue for a minute
DAILY Food  June 12, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Restaurants require preparation, corner stores can’t be bothered. You can go to a place like Whole Foods or Central Market and hastily scoop something together, but you’ll spend half an hour looking for parking, and another twenty in line at the register..."

The Yassine Sixth Street Noir
Legends, rumors, unpaid taxes ... and coke on the side
News Story  May 18, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Schmidt wonders what's supposed to happen during the daytime and pushes for more retailers. It's not just a personal fight: The pair represent differing factions of the Downtown community, and there is little doubt that each side is eager to take the nine prime pieces of real estate vacated by the Yassines off the market..."

Just Say No!
Rick Perry's approach to sex education has helped Texas boost its teen pregnancy rate
News Story  October 28, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...When Democratic lawmakers tried in 2009 to attach a medically accurate sex-education provision to a bill on the House floor, Perry's allies rallied to kill the measure. In mid May 2009, the Plano-based Free Market Foundation (now the Liberty Institute) sent out a "TRULY URGENT" email alert to supporters, warning that the medically accurate sex-education provision was a ruse by Planned Parenthood and the Texas Freedom Network to "steal your children's sexual purity from them." The measure quickly failed, and the Texas abstinence-only train rolled on...."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  November 13, 2009
"...to achieve rapid implementation of affordable, world-leading, climate solutions." Also new this week is an Austin Great Public Spaces Call to Action petition, to "tell the leaders of our city that collectively we are committed to making Austin's public spaces some of the best in the nation." The group is hosting a kickoff Great Public Spaces party Nov. 22, 1-3pm, at HOPE Farmers Market, in conjunction with the East Austin Studio Tour. (See both petitions at www.thepetitionsite.com.) Meanwhile, the Save the Warehouse District! petition has steadily gathered more than 550 signatures since early August..."

A Year Later
Galveston marks Ike anniversary with celebrations of recovery and rebirth
News Story  September 11, 2009, by Kate X Messer
"...There's nothing better for the blues than a cold margarita and a plate of hot enchiladas at a favorite restaurant. The reopening of the Original Mexican Cafe at 14th and Market was salvation to many, as was the long-anticipated June opening of popular mom-and-pop Greek restaurant Olympia Grill's upscale harborside sister, the Olympia Pier Twentyone, originally planned to debut in fall of 2008...."

Crime and the City Solution
How safe do you feel exiting the Sixth Street/Red River Austin music crucible at 2am?
Music Story  June 26, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Independent Realtor Jude Galligan, who hangs his proverbial hat at the Sabine on Fifth condos when he's not shuffling pricey Downtown properties, says he hasn't seen any drop-off in the market...."

Generation Overshare
What happens when the line blurs between our online and offline lives?
Screens Story  March 6, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...This is who we will be: a single community; global; linked-in; variegated and living lives beyond the passé 20th century notions of borders, beyond languages; a new species almost, Philip K. Dick-ensian in our comfort with multiple on- and offline identities; keenly aware of the marketers and corporate data-mining that exist primarily to sell us back to ourselves; and able to take advantage of the strange sense of slow self-empowerment that arrived near fully formed once we realized privacy as it once was is no longer privacy as it has become, or needs to be..."

A Republic of Indie in a Netflix Nation
How Austin's homegrown video stores are faring against the big red giant
Screens Story  January 16, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...And the national chains are faring even worse. Blockbuster, the longtime Antichrist tormentor to indie Nazarenes such as Kim's Video, has been in market-share free fall since 2002, with its stock price dropping harder than The Wrestler's patented Ram Jam, from a millennial high of $30 to the pitiful current, hovering around $1.32 per share...."

Res Publica
Your good citizen guide for Nov. 13-20
News Story  November 14, 2008
"...HOUSING MARKET STUDY SURVEY Help the Neighborhood Housing and Community Devel­op ment Office figure out what Austin's housing needs are; take a few minutes to fill out the city's online survey: www.cityofaustinhousingsurvey.com...."

Beside the Point
Welcome Back ... to an All-Nighter
News Column  July 25, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...What have I learned goosing the gargantuan agenda for this week's City Council meeting, the first for the new council, coming on the heels of a month's hiatus? Lease renewals at Austin-Bergstrom mean big changes for your food court options. (Sayonara, Wok N Roll!) The commission overseeing the 23rd Street Renaissance Market on the Drag could conceivably be cashiered..."

Green With Ambition
Why we need a master developer – not a project developer – to mastermind Seaholm East
News Story  May 30, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Create a "magic" people-place inclusive of everyone? Turn the entire Seaholm East District into a giant solar power plant by cladding the buildings in photovoltaic panels? Cool! Add affordable housing, senior housing, and a subsidized child-care center? Sweet. Create a carbon-neutral model of sustainable development? Wrap the ugly Austin Energy transformers in an arcade sheltering farmers' and artists' markets? Fatten the city budget with $7 million in new annual tax revenues? Sign us up!..."

Snake Collectors Recoil at New Wildlife Rules
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department formalized rules for all species after concerns last year over number of freshwater turtles being hunted for meat
News Story  November 9, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Similarly, there are no restrictions on pest control, only dealers. "The white list is based on how commonly an animal is collected and if there's market value," said Wagner, adding that the list would be reviewed over time to reflect changes in the market...."

Calling It Socialism May Be Compliment
Postmarks  August 17, 2007
"...Dear Editor, Re: “'Shared Prosperity' Is Socialism” [“Postmarks” online, Aug. 16]: The "free market,” bringer of all things wonderful, like monopolies, wage-slavery, and the disappearance of the middle class..."

Forte at Forty
Thriving under Jack Allen's leadership, KMFA endures as Classically Austin radio
Arts Story  July 6, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Realizing the need for fresh blood, the general manager and board conducted a national search in 2003 and hired Jack Allen as program director, impressed by his accomplishments and major-market public-radio experience. Allen had spent eight years at Minnesota Public Radio, a regional radio network based in St..."

Happenings
June 28-July 4
News Story  June 29, 2007
"...9am-3pm. Central Market North, 4001 N..."

Point Austin: Conflict of Interest
Facing corporate tyranny, we're all "interested parties"
News Column  December 15, 2006, by Michael King
"..."To satisfy Wall Street investors," Mitchell said, "Wal-Mart must add eight percent of floor space internationally every year – that's now roughly 65 million square feet a year. That's why they keep expanding, in this market-saturation model, until they begin cannibalizing their own nearby stores, close those, and move on."..."

Life Is a Rhythm
Ground zero for Austin hip-hop: University Hills' 2-3
Music Story  November 17, 2006, by Robert Gabriel
"...Shortly thereafter, national attention began to focus its glare upon Northeast Austin as not only a rewarding market for rap music but also a source. In 1990, Reagan High Schooler Candy Fresh attracted the support of 2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice as her single "Do the Get Busy" blew up KAZI airwaves and beyond..."

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
News Story  November 3, 2006
"...We frankly like Libertarian challenger Rock Howard, who is much less dogmatic than many of his fellows, is personable in an Austin live-and-let-live way, and is one of the steadier folks humanizing a state Libertarian Party heavier on policy wonks than effective candidates. (It's also worth noting that we find the Libertarians pop-Friedmanite ideology – Milton Friedman, that is – to be market-worshipping poppycock.) We're sorry Howard's chosen to go negative in his campaign, bringing Max Nofziger on board to attack Watson as though he were some combination of Boss Tweed and Jack Abramoff..."

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
News Story  October 27, 2006
"...We frankly like Libertarian challenger Rock Howard, who is much less dogmatic than many of his fellows, is personable in an Austin live-and-let-live way, and is one of the steadier folks humanizing a state Libertarian Party heavier on policy wonks than effective candidates. (It's also worth noting that we find the Libertarians pop-Friedmanite ideology – Milton Friedman, that is – to be market-worshipping poppycock.) We're sorry Howard's chosen to go negative in his campaign, bringing Max Nofziger on board to attack Watson as though he were some combination of Boss Tweed and Jack Abramoff..."

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
News Story  October 20, 2006
"...We frankly like Libertarian challenger Rock Howard, who is much less dogmatic than many of his fellows, is personable in an Austin live-and-let-live way, and is one of the steadier folks humanizing a state Libertarian Party heavier on policy wonks than effective candidates. (It's also worth noting that we find the Libertarians pop-Friedmanite ideology – Milton Friedman, that is – to be market-worshipping poppycock.) We're sorry Howard's chosen to go negative in his campaign, bringing Max Nofziger on board to attack Watson as though he were some combination of Boss Tweed and Jack Abramoff..."

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