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Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  March 24, 2006
"...Though launching the Austin edition was considered a necessary response to the Latino population, especially the growing number of immigrants, Greater Austin's estimated 300,000 Latinos is small when compared to Houston's 1½ million. Houston is among the top 10 Latino markets in the nation and one of the markets in which the Meximerica Media-owned Rumbo newspapers will continue publishing, in addition to San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  March 17, 2006
"...• Who doesn't love to save the world by buying stuff? That's the idea behind the Sustainable Shopper's Ball on Saturday, March 25, 9:30am-3pm at the Toney Burger Center (3200 Jones Rd., next to the Sunset Valley Farmers Market). The event will include music, art, tasty organic treats, cloggers, a yurt, and opportunities to learn about gardening, green building, and rainwater harvesting..."

KUT by the Numbers
That ringing sound you hear? It's the cash register at Austin's public radio station.
News Story  January 20, 2006, by Kevin Brass
"...For example, companies can't use "calls to action" urging listeners to "come on down." But as stations have grown more aggressive in courting companies, they've stretched the boundaries. As a result, the noncommercials on KUT might feature a restaurant touting its hot menu items, and a local market will assure listeners that "wine is our thing" – all within the FCC guidelines..."

Naked City
News Story  December 9, 2005
"...The company had initially planned to lease the property from Stratus Properties but agreed instead to buy it for $21.25 million. Both parties say the price – roughly $350,000 per acre – is based on the fair market value in the area, reflecting high demand for a shrinking supply of available land..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  August 12, 2005, by Lee Nichols and Cheryl Smith
"...Brigid Shea of Liveable Cities presented the Court with the signatures of 15 area environmental organizations opposing the expansion. BFI Attorney Paul Gosselink said the expansion is necessary to "keep us from being forced out of business in this market." – Daniel Mottola..."

Day Trips
At the Moravia Store, the beer is cold and the polka music fills the air even when there isn't a band playing in the dance hall
Columns  July 15, 2005, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The store expanded to add a tavern along the front and upstairs was a dance hall. The meat market was in a small building attached to the side of the main building where the pool table is now..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  May 13, 2005, by Lee Nichols and Cheryl Smith
"...The scale sets a minimum rate that contractors bidding on AISD construction jobs must pay their workers. Unionized workers, like ironworkers and electricians, had hoped the district would adopt a wage scale that reflected market average benefits, which in their trades tend to be significantly higher than the $1.36..."

More From 'Iconoclast' Country
W. Leon Smith on freedom of speech, peace, and Crawford
News Story  October 29, 2004, by Kate X Messer
"...AC: The paper still seems integral to the community. It seems small town papers still are, and that sets you apart from the ubiquitous major-market papers..."

Put That in Your Big Box and ...
Activist groups beg to differ with the city's big-box report
News Story  October 15, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...have taken action to manage the development of big box retail," the report states. The authors also "strongly recommend" that Austin "develop long-term strategies to strengthen and enhance our local retail market," including using incentives only to benefit employers that pay a living wage and exploring a "regional compact" to tamp down competition between city and suburbs for the sales-tax dollar...."

News 8 at 5
Can Austin's little news station that could survive the grim reapers at Time Warner?
News Story  September 3, 2004, by Kevin Brass
"...Instead of celebrating the five-year anniversary of the station, staffers are wondering if they'll still be around to see number six.Blood Doesn't Lead At a press conference or a street shoot, the News 8 reporter is easy to spot: He's the one with a camera on his shoulder. News 8 reporters usually operate as "one-man bands" – shooting, reporting, and editing their own packages, a cost-saving technique primarily employed in small markets..."

Schools, Sprawl, and Citizenship
Vote begins on $520 million school bond package
News Story  August 27, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...However, that direct count doesn't work in brand-new developments, where he used averages – such as 0.4 elementary-aged kids per new house. But when do you count a "house"? When the developer buys the land to build them, or when they're actually on the market?..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  August 20, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Department of Education figures. The findings, which only became public when the American Federation of Teachers dug the data out of a voluminous annual report, raise problems for those who promise that charters – publicly funded, privately run – will harness the free market to improve education..."

Libertarian Party's Position on TV
Postmarks  August 10, 2004
"...6]. Just to clear things up regarding the Libertarian Party's position regarding television access, below is an excerpt from the Libertarian Party platform. "We would provide for free market ownership of airwave frequencies, deserving of full First Amendment protection..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  December 5, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Department of Housing and Urban Development. "This funding will allow ATCMHMR to provide decent, safe alternatives for our neighbors who suffer from mental illness and cannot find quality affordable housing elsewhere in today's market," said Doggett..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  August 8, 2003
"...The Sustainable Food Center, which runs the Austin Farmers' Market every Saturday in Downtown's Republic Square, recently moved its offices to Sanchez Elementary at Waller and Spence streets in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. The move enables SFC to teach Sanchez students the art of gardening and to provide cooking and nutritional education to the students' parents..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 25, 2003
"...One clarification is needed. Apple writes that Council Member Daryl Slusher compared locally based developers Endeavor "unfavorably to Stratus Properties and even Gary Bradley, both of whom, Slusher noted, had agreed to abide by SOS [Ordinance]." We agree with Slusher's critique of Endeavor, but the City Council permitted both Bradley and Stratus to exceed the on-site impervious cover limits of the SOS Ordinance on certain tracts while leaving less developable and marketable tracts at or under SOS impervious cover standards...."

Bottom of the Budget Barrel
City Hall scraped to the bone; now it cuts into it.
News Story  September 6, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Basically, the department overbudgeted this year for its housing programs, which it can do, because Austin is entitled to a certain level of federal funding regardless of local conditions. The slowdown in the housing market meant, for example, fewer opportunities to spend money to assist first-time homebuyers..."

Food Editor Virginia B. Wood has had correspondence from several of the most tasteful men in Austin's food scene in the past week and it's all good news.
Food Column  March 1, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Grapevine Market (7938 Great Northern Blvd., 323-5900) cheesemonger/deli manager Ike Johnson recently notified me about a series of classes he's scheduled for Tuesday evenings this spring. Coming up on March 12 is Ike's Cheese Lectorate with five cheeses and three wines for $35 per person..."

Something Short of Miraculous
Months in the making, the city's plan to maintain reproductive services at Brack still raises questions.
News Story  January 11, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...Since most births are simple and low cost, [obstetrics] naturally represents a far higher share of a hospital's patient count than it does of its revenue." Though they don't have access to Seton's actual revenue figures, Consumers Union estimates that obstetric services represent only 8% of actual hospital revenues at Brackenridge. "Removing one OB unit in this region is unlikely to damage Seton's strong position in this market," the report states...."

Naked City
The council approves a requirement that all matters coming to a vote include a note detailing their financial impact; Austin Energy's "competitive matters" resolution, which would keep some business matters secret, angers some local activists.
News Story  February 16, 2001, by Emily Pyle
"...The council got a brief reprieve from one sticky issue Thursday, as a vote was pulled from the agenda that would have decided the extent to which city-owned electric utility Austin Energy can lock up its books in preparation for a deregulated utility market. (The vote was postponed "indefinitely" to give AE and city staff time to answer council members' preliminary questions -- and to give Council Member Will Wynn time to recover from pneumonia -- but it could be back on the agenda as early as Feb..."

The Life and Times of Gus Garcia
City Council Member Gus Garcia retires after more than 30 years of public service
News Story  June 2, 2000, by Daryl Slusher
"...Garcia entered the job market in 1962 and once again encountered racial barriers while interviewing with major accounting firms. Finally, one firm explained that they would hire him if he would be willing to move to New York City..."

In Housing We Trust
The city of Austin devotes $1 million for housing as part of city's social equity initiative
News Story  October 22, 1999, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...1 with money from the General Fund -- the first time Austin taxpayers' money has been put directly into housing support programs. Everything up until now has either been funded by the marketplace, by the occasional tax-free bond sale, by various flavors of federal grant funds (managed by the city's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office), or by tax credits and other incentives (such as those administered, to use the term advisedly, by TDHCA)...."

Going for Broke
Fruit Salad Days
Music Story  June 17, 1999, by Andy Langer
"...Best Buy, for instance, may have stocked a full line of Watermelon releases, but it was Celine Dion, not Webb Wilder, that had registers ringing. Add to this scenario the chains' realizations that they'd overbuilt, and so-called "mom 'n' pop" record stores buckling under the marketplace pressure of the larger chains, plus the 1997 bankruptcy of Alliance, one of the nation's biggest distributors, and indie labels had front-row seats to the music industry's largest retail crash in two decades..."

When Good Food Goes Bad
Food Story  June 3, 1999, by Mick Vann
"...Protecting the food supply can be a daunting job, and one that gets harder as the Austin area grows, the quality of our food supply diminishes from less frequent federal and state inspections of the raw product, and restaurants proliferate. Next to Laredo, Austin is the fastest-growing market in the state, with an increase in food sales of 12.5% last year...."

Hill Country Breakdown
Music Story  June 3, 1999, by Christopher Hess
"...According to Rubin, unreasonable expectations are what lead many practitioners to fret at the state of bluegrass in today's popular music market...."

Reusing Seaholm
Columns  December 25, 1998
"...15, without notice. Loyal employees that have been there for several years at below-market salaries are leaving by the day..."

Austin Musical Theatre Hits the Heights
That's Show Biz!
Arts Story  November 20, 1998
"...Austin was a place they wanted to live (Byron had family already here), and they saw that the city lacked just the kind of company they wanted to start. Here was the market, with a niche they fit into like a hoofer's foot in taps...."

Toast to an Artspace About Art
Pro-Jex's Tunnel of Art on Fifth Street Was More Than a Gallery, Much More
Arts Story  April 3, 1998, by John Spong
"...And for Mr. Walter Benson, the eightysomething Marlboro Man whose family bought the Phillips Building that housed Pro-Jex "around the time I was born," who has finally seen a real estate market in Austin that will pay enough for him to sell the two-story brownstone, there is a whole lot being displaced besides Pro-Jex...."

What a Dump
What Does Gov. Bush Have Buried in West Texas?
News Story  March 13, 1998, by Nate Blakeslee
"...But plutonium isn't chicken wings, and Bush's glad-handing of WCS could prove to be something of a Pandora's box. In November 1997, WCS sued a reluctant DOE in an attempt to force its way into the waste market, and struck gold when a U.S..."

Food Column  February 20, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Austin isn't exactly known for New Orleans-style Mardi Gras celebrations, but Central Market (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000) is doing what it can to bring the flavor of Louisiana to Austin before "fat Tuesday." The store is stocked with fresh baked King Cakes, genuine Cafe du Monde coffee, beignet mix, and the Hurricane Cocktail mix from the legendary French Quarter watering hole, Pat O'Brien's..."

Harnessing Anger
News Story  February 13, 1998, by Kevin Fullerton
"...Listening in on this suburban anger with the skill of a market researcher is Todd Baxter, a 29-year-old attorney and aide to State Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio), the creator of the so-called water quality protection zones which have impeded the city from enforcing its environmental protection laws on developers...."

Won't Get Schooled Again
Austin's Music Class of '98
Music Story  January 23, 1998, by Andy Langer
"...Wolfson Few things are certain about Austin's Music Class of '98, those local artists releasing albums this year on major labels or major indies, but one thing is abundantly clear: Enrollment is up. Although only a handful of this year's contingent have firm release dates for their forthcoming albums, it appears some 30 of Austin's favorite and best bands will try and sell their wares out on the open market..."

Island Getaway
Calabash Cafe Whisks You to the Caribbean
Food Story  January 16, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Sandwiches with such a name take me back to the Fellowship Hall of my childhood church, where youth meals often featured the dripping affairs made with a couple cans of generic brand chili, a spice envelope, and an additional helping of ground beef. But NeWorlDeli, a friendly little place inside the Hyde Park Market, has brought new meaning to the sloppy joe..."

Pohl-Brown Town
Will the State Turn the Hog Farm into Edge City?
News Story  December 5, 1997, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...For years, it was an actual hog farm, then became the Leander Rehabilitation Center, a sort of campground for patients of Texas MHMR facilities. Back in 1987, when the Legislature got serious about dumping underused state land on the market, it made an example of the mental-health agency (in MHMR's view) by taking the Leander site, along with the State School Annex on Bull Creek Road, away from MHMR..."

The Big Bang
The Fragmentation of Austin's Underground
Music Story  July 11, 1997, by Greg Beets
"...When things get too big or impersonal, it makes sense that people began to withdraw into smaller enclaves where their investment feels more tangible. The balkanization of underground music has certainly diluted its power as a market force, but it's also allowed the loyal opposition to catch its breath and continue the revolt on different fronts too numerous to mention...."

Nobody Can't Beat Him
Columns  February 14, 1997
"...May you, the Chronicle, Andy Langer, and everyone else like you who are responsible for Austin's music scene always staying subservient to every other market in the country get rectal cancer and die!!!!..."

Public Notice
Columns  December 27, 1996, by Kate X Messer
"...John Center, 302-4867*Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Sun, Dec 29, Rosewood Rec Center, 459-1181 or 707-3207*Nia (Purpose), Mon, Dec 30, Doris Miller Auditorium, 478-7176*Kuumba (Creativity), Tue, Dec 31, Arthur B. Dewitty Center, 873-0595*Imani (Faith), Wed, Jan 1, 1997, Rosewood Rec Center, 929-0933. Our Hope for `97 The market for volunteer hours and donation dollars can be a fierce racket in a town as wrapped up in care services as Austin..."

Bad Medicine?
If Austin's Public Clinics Go Private, the Poor Could Suffer
News Story  November 22, 1996, by Louisa C. Brinsmade
"..."Working with someone with diabetes over 50 who has a career, is college educated, and well-off, is different from caring for someone with diabetes forcibly retired after 50, who doesn't have marketable skills, and who has a hard time getting food on the table," explains HHS health authority Dr. Sanchez. In other words, social services that may not be so important at a private primary care outlet such as Austin Regional Clinic, are imperative at the Rosewood-Zaragosa public clinic...."

Women Dive into WATERTechnology Gainer
Screens Story  September 20, 1996, by Ken Hunt
"...WATER was hatched in 1993, when Hill and Vaughan discovered that a house next to the foundation's headquarters was about to go on the market. "We had talked about the issue of women not being visible, of women being able to tell their own stories, of women overcoming societally induced technophobia," Hill says..."

The Fellowship of the Tortilla
Peña Unites Central-American Folk
Music Story  October 20, 1995
"...They want to know where this has been all their lives. But Mexic-Arte Museum, which is centrally located and has space, doesn't treat music as a viable art form. There should be workshops and a concert series." Yet, while Sosin is critical of the lack of creative booking in clubs, she's amused by the potential in irregular venues, such as Central Market..."

Really Left of the Dial
Austin's True Cooperative, KOOP
Music Story  September 8, 1995
"...For many people here in Austin, it doesn't. Rod Moag is one of those many. His two shows, the "Country, Swing, and Rockabilly Jamboree" and "Strictly Bluegrass" meet the needs of those who look to Bob Wills and Bill Monroe rather than Don Henley for two-stepping tunes. "The niche that's unfilled in the market is pre-1960, classic country, western swing, and the early rockabilly stuff," says Moag...."

Council Watch
News Column  June 23, 1995
"...out" much of the 11th and 12th street corridor east of I-35, and turn it into a commercial and business district. For the ARA, the council unanimously voted this spring to apply for a Housing and Urban Development loan, and spend $60,000 on a market study...."

The Nicest Guy in Television
News Story  June 16, 1995
"..."We're looking for those non-news viewers," Oliveira, with 18 years in the news business, says unapologetically. "And believe me, there's a huge market out there for people who don't want to watch the news..."

What Made Him Do It?
Weeks-long bomb scare ends Wednesday with few answers
News Story  March 22, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Terrified yet united in the face of what was increasingly looking to be the profile of a serial bomber, Austinites soldiered on, and more than 500 federal agents came into town to assist APD in its investigation. On Sunday, after a brief scare from a false bomb threat (made to Live Nation by an unrelated individual) canceled the Roots' South by Southwest show at Fair Market the night before, Manley gathered reporters for another press briefing, this time to announce an increased reward for information that could lead to the bomber's arrest...."

Gay Place
A queerer, more defiant 2018
Columns  January 4, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...20, 7-11pm. Fair Market, 1100 E..."

Gay Place
Austin’s 10 most defining headlines of 2017: the good, the weird, and the unexpected
Columns  December 28, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...20, 7-11pm. Fair Market, 1100 E..."

Saving Austin's Schools
Nobody gets everything they want, but AISD’s bond may give everybody something they really need
News Story  September 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Moreover, AISD bonds will be some of the most appealing on the market. One of Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley Johnson's biggest achievements has been to keep the district at an AA bond rating..."

Why Does Everyone Hate CodeNEXT?
Can a polarized Austin reach consensus on land use by next spring?
News Story  June 8, 2017, by Michael King
"...Like De Mayo, Jack worries that the outcome will be to put "all the density in the urban-core neighborhoods," and avoid the hard political task of making outer neigh­bor­hoods share the burden. The process, he says, "doesn't have any empathy for the central city and homeowners, and threatens to turn over our planning efforts to the market." Does he think the process is salvageable? "It will take a lot of time, and political courage." [inset-2-right]..."

Gay Place
This is the summer to have fun, get wet, take a road trip, and stay fired up
Columns  May 18, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Sat., June 3. Fair Market, 1100 E..."

Public Notice: Fun Is Where You Find It
Some things to look forward to(?) this summer
News Column  May 18, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...• Queerbomb, she's back – with an all new kweer krew to drop glitter bombs, Sat., June 3, at Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth..."

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