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ARA Given Ultimatum on Redevelopment Plans
Either bid redevelopment projects as they were outlined in the city's original plan or city will seek outside partners to redevelop East 11th Street
News Story  October 19, 2007, by Kimberly Reeves
"...It was meant to stimulate conversation." The first plans for the block were drawn up in 2001. In the intervening years, East Austin's real estate market exploded..."

Five Good Reasons Las Manitas Deserves a City Loan
Exploding some of the myths regarding the city's loan to the Downtown restaurant.
DAILY News  June 6, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...These Smart Growth incentives included, in part, the waivers of the very same fees being directed into the BRE fund. (A clear answer on how state-mandated alley-vacation payments historically had been used was not available at press time, but staff said they had been factored into past development incentives.) Examples of the city’s Downtown developer incentives: $2.1 million to Austin Market Place in 1998, more than $1.2 million to the CarrAmerica Building in 2000, $730,000 in waivers to AMLI Lofts (Block 20) in 2001, more than $646,000 in waivers to the Convention Center Hotel in 2002..."

Keepin' It Jungle
Austin company plans an eco-colonial retreat in Mexico
News Story  May 25, 2007, by Kevin Brass
"...Jason believes the project makes sense from an investment perspective. "We saw a need for this in the market," he said..."

Capitol Briefs
News Story  March 1, 2007
"...• The Senate confirmed last Wednesday the appointment of Julie Parsley for a second term on the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, despite her voting record showing an unwillingness to intervene in the market. The former solicitor general and Rick Perry appointee helped oversee the deregulation of the state's electricity market and sat on Perry's Energy Planning Council, whose 2005 report pushed Texas further down the path of coal and oil reliance..."

Champion of the World Cinema
Chief curator Chale Nafus on the Austin Film Society's latest Essential series, South by Southeast: Films of Thailand and Vietnam
Screens Story  December 29, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...The problem with curating a series like South by Southeast, he says, is that very often films made in countries like Vietnam and Thailand are made for people in Vietnam and Thailand, and film studios and distributors are reluctant to spend money on subtitles because they don't feel that the English-speaking market will be interested enough to justify the investment (meaning there's a whole world of cinema out there that never makes it to our theatres or gets mentioned in our magazines). Nafus often chooses up to 40 titles for a series only to find out that the majority of them have little to no distribution set up in the United States, precluding him from ever getting his hands on a print..."

37th Street Lights
Will the elaborate holiday illuminations burn brighter or burn out?
News Story  December 22, 2006, by Daniel Mottola
"...Some say this year's departure of light display co-founders Jamie Lipman and Sharon Smith – owners of the light-loaded plastic- and foil-wrapped cornerstone residence that offered an eye-popping backyard walkthrough – was the tipping point. Several neighbors partially blame the lackluster year on three dark, long-vacant houses on the street, owned by well-known Central Austin real estate lord Jules Caplan, which have inexplicably come on and off the market at allegedly exorbitant prices..."

Young and Hungry
ACC offers students two restaurants' worth of opportunity
Food Story  October 20, 2006, by Mick Vann
"...For a city of Austin's size, we're blessed with an incredible range of dining options, including world-class fine-dining restaurants that can compete with those of any metropolitan area in the country. We have access to top-quality, prime cooking ingredients, both from local artisanal producers and from elite flagship grocers, such as Central Market and Whole Foods, as well as an amazing range of local ethnic grocers..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  August 25, 2006
"...But there was only room for one black man in the arena of rock, and Arthur soon realized that Jimi had won the spot. The industry couldn't figure out how to market a "second one," so Love was seldom asked to tour..."

The nature of nonprofits; plus, the scoop on this week's culinary calendar
Food Column  June 9, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Do You Know What Your Children Are Eating?"). The most recent $20,000 grant was awarded to the Sustainable Food Center to support its Farms, Foods, and Healthy Futures program, as well as to the Downtown Farmers' Market..."

FEMA's Flood Tide
One stroke forward, two strokes back – hurricane victims tread rising bureaucratic waters
News Story  February 24, 2006, by Cheryl Smith
"...That's even scarier for area Katrina evacuees, who, based on FEMA's calculation of $786 being the national average for one month of rent for a two-bedroom apartment, are receiving seriously inadequate housing aid. (Evacuees have the legal right to ask FEMA to increase that amount in accordance with their city's fair market rent, which is determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Godwin said.) Even if an evacuee qualifies for the maximum in FEMA individual assistance – $26,200 – if living in Austin, he or she still doesn't get enough aid to meet the $32,160 mark..."

Loosey-Goosey Land Agreement?
Environmentalists and AISD face off once again over school construction in Southwest Austin
News Story  February 24, 2006, by Rachel Proctor May
"...The agreement also reserves AISD the grandfathered right to build two future schools at up to 50% impervious cover, although AISD insists it would never do such a dreadful thing. Moneywise, the agreement is good for AISD, because it allows the district to buy less land to build the same amount of school, a mighty tempting proposition in today's helium-filled land market..."

Are Partiers Dimming the 37th Street Lights?
Changes on popular Central Austin street irk, worry neighbors
News Story  December 30, 2005, by Daniel Mottola
"...Both Barnes and Gay-Maxwell pointed to a growing number of California home addresses popping up on the area tax rolls, a phenomenon reported all over Austin. When the house next door to Barnes sold and was immediately offered for rent, he said the realtor told him it went to a West Coast actress, and that California real estate mavens were being advised to sell off their pricey sunshine state holdings and park their money in Austin's market to cash in on anticipated rising property values..."

The Hightower Report
After five years as president, W. remains securely sealed in his political cocoon, void of real-life experiences, pure of any intrusion by the hardships of regular folks; and it's wrong to think that faith talk and photo-ops with evangelicals will be enough to convert people to the Democratic cause
News Column  December 23, 2005, by Jim Hightower
"...but for whom? You held a Rose Garden press conference to pat yourself on the back about 215,000 jobs. But, one, that barely keeps up with the number of young Americans who entered the job market for the first time in November..."

Group Says Prop. 2 Could Make Straight Marriage Illegal
And the Klan supports it, too!
News Story  October 28, 2005, by Amy Smith
"..."This is obviously an attempt to confuse and deceive people to vote against it." And he knows of at least a handful who already did. "They were just sick when they realized they voted the opposite of what they intended," said Shackelford, president of the conservative Free Market Foundation..."

Gay Corporate Texas
When it comes to equality, a surprising number of major Texas companies are downright liberal
News Story  October 21, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...Make no mistake: Market forces, not liberal ideologies, demand that companies take an enlightened view of creating cultures that appeal to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees and consumers. As SBC spokesman Walt Sharp put it, "We simply believe in the importance of inclusiveness and in policies that reflect the company's employee base and its customers."..."

Divorce, Alamo Style
From a small north-side apartment – via toney Rob Roy, a Hays County ranch, and several sojourns in jail – Janet Kennedy keeps fighting a battle featuring all the latest in family bitterness
News Story  August 26, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...A sideline of the business branched out into the age-old craft of spinning wool sheared from the sheep, teaching spinning classes, and marketing the wool to suppliers. But Bobby Joe says the marketing side never took off..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  July 29, 2005, by Lee Nichols and Cheryl Smith
"...The city put a positive spin on the day by bestowing Access Awards on Austin's most easily accessible and accommodating businesses. Recognized by the Mayor's Committee for People With Disabilities were Chili's Restaurant at Stassney Road, Chuy's Restaurant on North Lamar, Fuddrucker's, Grape Vine Market, Green Muse Coffee House, HEB at Brodie Lane, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, Rupert & Associates, and Target's Ben White location..."

Lavender Love
Blanco celebrates its essence with a brand-new festival
Food Story  May 13, 2005, by Virginia B. Wood
"...1) Heron's Nest Herb Farm (830/833-2627): Fred and Melanie Van Aken are serious students of herbal remedies. They've arranged a craft vendor's market, herb and bird walks, and salve-making and permaculture classes...."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 22, 2005
"...Austin would be wise to make the inevitable work for it instead of uselessly fighting and wasting time and money. Club owners: Market yourselves to the majority of nonsmokers..."

Cleaning Up Economic Development
Greens and the Chamber of Commerce join hands for renewable energy in Austin
News Story  February 18, 2005, by Daniel Mottola
"...Chamber president and former mayor Kirk Watson is certain it's the former. "Austin has demonstrated its capacity for creating a market for things that clean the environment and a willingness to experiment with things that improve quality of life," he said, adding concerning the chamber's role, "The fact that the traditional economic development organization in Austin is advocating clean energy sends a very strong message." In order to develop a strategic plan of specific types of businesses for the CEDC to target, the chamber has hired UT's IC2 Institute...."

All Good Thoughts, All Good Food
The symbolism and celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese new year
Food Story  February 4, 2005, by Mick Vann
"...The weeks leading up to Tet are frenzied: There are new clothes to buy, the houses must be gussied up and cleaned spotlessly from top to bottom, decorations must be made, fireworks purchased, debts paid off, feuds ended, fields prepared for planting, invites issued, greeting cards sent out, and much food prepared. The market vendors are worked into a fever pitch, as everyone wants to buy the very best for Tet celebrations...."

Pace yourself and brace yourself: October is a very busy month for foodies
Food Column  October 8, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Central Texas Barbecue Association Open House at Austin's Historic Farmers' Market (6701 Burnet Rd.): This new organization dedicated to promoting one of Central Texas' most valuable culinary, business, and tourist resources invites barbecue lovers to come and check them out. There will be refreshments from Lone Star beer, CTBBQA members, and barbecue from BBQue World Headquarters..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  August 27, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Diazinon – the garden-variety pesticide that's harmful to salamanders and humans alike – is being phased out of the U.S. market, the Environmental Protection Agency announced this month..."

The Art of the Business of Art
Gallery owners David Berman, Wally Workman, and Steve Clark talk about their lives promoting artists and selling art
Arts Story  July 30, 2004, by Sam Martin
"..."The first time I saw Kate's work, my jaw dropped," he says, getting up from his chair, hands and arms waving like a tent-revival preacher. "And I said, 'Kate, every day a photographer comes into my gallery and says, "I want you to represent my work," and I say, "Your work is competent, but I don't have a market for it."' But Kate's work was different..."

The Hightower Report
Corporate advertising pisses me off; and, the rich get richer
News Column  May 14, 2004, by Jim Hightower
"...Well, say apologists for this system of royal pay, such is the way the free market works. Horsefeathers..."

For the first time in 50 years, Austin is without a Holiday House restaurant. Plus: Event-o-Rama.
Food Column  April 30, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The third option is a benefit dinner class at Central Market Cooking School (458-3068) at 6:30pm on May 12, taught by chef Sam Dickey of Granite Cafe and Seven. For more information about the events or to make necessary reservations, call 328-3935 or go to"

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  February 13, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Texas Campaign for the Environment has applauded the HEB grocery chain for discontinuing the sale of disposable DVDs. Austin has been a test market in recent months for the Disney product, DVDs that oxidize and become unusable 48 hours after opening – thus relieving consumers of the need to return them to the video rental store, but with environmental consequences that should be obvious to anyone with half a brain..."

Who Pays?
While the economy burns, the Bush administration promotes Mars, moonshine, and marriage
News Column  January 23, 2004, by Michael King
"...Recent below-the-fold headlines -- somewhere beneath Mars, moonshine, marriage, and the Super Bowl -- provide some pretty good ideas. While the stock market is inching up again, the job market remains flat -- and another 300,000 people have stopped looking altogether (their absence explains the "good" unemployment-rate news)..."

Naked City
News Story  January 16, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...They became part of the 1.1 million in all since last June who have given up looking for work, doing their small but crucial part to lower the unemployment rate from 5.9% to 5.7%. Simultaneously, the feds lowered their job creation estimates for October and November from 143,000 to 94,000, much below the 150,000 per month necessary just to employ new workers entering the market..."

A Different Shade of Green for Temple-Inland
The firm -- and the mayor -- suggest economic growth merits waiving SOS.
News Story  January 9, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...Regardless, environmental and nearby neighborhood activists are working to counter the message of economic benefit already being touted by the mayor and others. In a letter to City Council members in December, the Save Our Springs Alliance reminded the council of what now seems a long-forgotten policy called Smart Growth, which sought to steer major employers off of the aquifer, and pointed out that alternative locations exist -- including the 8.5 million square feet of Austin office space currently vacant and on the market...."

Resetting Middle-Earth
As The Lord of the Rings journey ends onscreen, Austin game developer Inevitable Entertainment rewinds to The Hobbit.
Screens Story  December 19, 2003, by Courtney Fitzgerald
"...Since Peter Jackson began making the elfin dreams of fantasy-fiction bookworms reality with his first Lord of the Rings installment, the media have had three years of Tolkien synergy at their fingertips. From 2001's The Fellowship of the Ring to this December's release of The Return of the King, bankrolls have swelled as this Frodo-hungry market has its fries supersized over and over again..."

Holiday Wish Lists 2003
Presents for public service
Features Story  December 5, 2003
" 1210 Rosewood, 478-7309 Attorney services • Basic office supplies, like paper, pens, staplers, etc. • Volunteer to work on Prison Jail Accountability Project 701 Tillery 4, 472-2001• Folding chairs and tables • Printing paper (white and colors) • Storage bins aGLIFF 1216 E 51st St, 302-9899 • Copy machine American Red Cross of Central 929-1226• A new roof • Carpet and furniture for the Family Service Center • A drive-through storage building for disaster supplies and emergency response vehicles • Air-conditioning unit and ducting for 2,000-square-foot facility • Carpet for our CPR/First Aid classroomsAny Baby 1121 East 7th Street, 454-3743• Diapers and formula • Toys for children younger than 5 • Gift cards (HEB, Randalls, Target, etc.) • New or gently used kids items (including clothes)Assistance League of 7951 Burnet Rd., 458-2633• Printing of our newsletter • A "new" larger building on Burnet Road • A truck with a ramp or lift • An L-shaped computer desk • New or refurbished signsAustin PMB 226, PO Box 2013, Austin, 78768, 326-9084 x10• Supplies and equipment for public access lab (please go to: for specifics) • Adopt-a-site sponsors • Table, rolling chairs, headphones • Basic office/printing supplies (paper, toner, diskettes) • Two CDR-W drivesAustin Habitat for, 310 Comal #100, 472-8788• Home Depot/Lowe's gift cards • Forklift, 1-ton pickup, backhoe • 19.2 volt cordless drills • Multimedia projector • Land and auto donations • Lunch donations for 30 on Saturdays • Thermal coffee dispensers • Skilled construction volunteers Austin Outreach & Community Service Center Inc.8101 Cameron #104, 833-0444• Laptop computer (new donated laptop was stolen) • Projector to utilize for PowerPoint presentations • Pro bono grantwriting, fundraising, and marketing • Camcorder • Internet service for one year ($400)Austin Resource Center for the 400 Nueces, 476-4357 Blankets • Coats, warm socks, warm hats, glovesAustin, 10807 Rawhide Trail, 288-1490• New 8-by-10-foot perimeter fence • Building materials • Reptile supplies (tanks, lights, heat pads, substrate) • Portable buildings (for storage and animal houses) • Gift cards from grocery stores for animal food Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area 303 W. Johanna, 444-7199 • pool tables • ping pong tables • used laptops • art supplies • athletic equipment The Burke Foundation PO Box 40 Driftwood, TX 78619 276-1044 • Tools • Greenhouse equipment • Welding • Camping instruments • Working Vehicles Capital Area Food Bank of 8201 S..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  October 10, 2003
"...And it could be that she has no argument with me. (I pay $8,000 in property taxes on a 900-square-foot bungalow in what, for marketing purposes, I would like to call the Lower East Side of Tarrytown.) Property taxes are high in Texas because we are one of very few states without an income tax..."

Shelf Life Support
As libraries struggle with slashed budgets, communities are asked to take up the slack. Melanie Haupt reports.
Books Story  July 18, 2003, by Melanie Haupt
"...Funding libraries on both sides of the razor wire, however, is an investment many seem reluctant to make of their own volition. Some critics say that if the public sector takes up the budgetary slack in lean times, the government won't feel particularly inclined to restore the budgets when the economy takes a turn for the better, despite the fact that many programs are shabbily funded even during a bull market..."

Creating a 'Corridor'
News Story  June 27, 2003
"...The 160-unit low-income project, a partnership with the YMCA, is hoping to persuade the state to award it tax credits that will help Campbell-Hogue to offer below-market rents...."

Smart Growth Is Dead, Long Live Smart Growth
As Sixth + Lamar teeters, the Domain aims to pick up Austin's new-school incentive package.
News Story  May 2, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...Endeavor's previous projects in the area -- like the Gateway complex and the Market at Parmer Lane -- are not so unique, driven by the usual big-box chains. But though projects similar to the Domain exist in other cities, Endeavor's project will be Austin's first, says Sue Edwards, manager of the city's Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office..."

Day Trips
Columns  April 11, 2003, by Gerald E. McLeod
"..."Real estate development is a matter of timing," Peel said from his Austin office. Plans are for the lofts to be large and marketed to the upper end of the leasing market..."

The Entertainment Economy
As the Austin film, music, and gaming scenes become a "cluster," civic leaders are looking for industrial-strength creativity
News Story  March 14, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...In addition, because the studios sit in the middle of a 711-acre empty space -- the old airport -- as they thrive, the redevelopment plans for the Mueller site are expected to respond. The most obvious market for so-far-generic "commercial space" included in the Mueller master plan is the entertainment industry, and not just film...."

Holiday Wish Lists 2002
Presents for public service
Features Story  December 27, 2002
"...Accounting consultant, marketing consultant..."

Running to the Middle
Part II of the Chronicle's preview of the Nov. 5 general election
News Story  October 18, 2002
"...Central Market North 4001 N. Lamar..."

Naked City
Catellus Offers Mueller Lite
News Story  February 22, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Citing their sense of what the Austin market can bear, Catellus suggested that the Roma-planned Mueller's density be reduced by about 25% -- from 5 million to 3.4 million square feet of commercial space, and from 4,000 to 3,000 residential units. "Roma's not wrong and we're not right," said Catellus' Steve Bryan, "but we didn't find the market data out there to support that density."..."

Naked City
War Forecasters
News Story  September 14, 2001, by Michael Erard
"...In all, more than a dozen long analyses followed, written in Stratfor's trademark crisp prose and topped off with discouraging titles: "The Global Financial Fallout," "Response Will Impact Oil Market," and "Emergency Response in High Gear." The company took no risks; their forecasts revealed no geopolitical secrets but were mostly common sense...."

The Hightower Lowdown
American CEOs are overpaid; missile defense shield money could be better spent; and art snobs need to not have a cow.
News Column  September 14, 2001, by Jim Hightower
"...Oh, a CEO pay consultant exclaimed to The Chicago Tribune, "It's not fair to compare [CEOs] with hourly workers. Their market is the global market for executives."..."

Blacks & whites & various Blues
Columns  August 31, 2001
"...This is my ninth time at the Hot Sauce Festival and once again it was a blast (man, it's a long way away from the days at the Farmer's Market ...)...."

She Got Rhythm
In the world of rhythm tap, female dancers are a minority, and women who are masters of the form, as Acia Gray is, are merely a fraction of the whole. But with the debut of the Soul to Sole Festival, Gray hopes to give women who tap their due.
Arts Story  May 18, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...On Saturday, May 19, at 4pm, the focus of the festival switches to performance with the 11th Annual Tapestry Tap Jam in conjunction with National Tap Dance Day. Members of the Tapestry Dance Company, Tapestry's training company Visions in Rhythm, Austin tap dance king "Smokey" Rhodes, and jazz combo the Rich Harney Trio will jam together at Central Market, 4000 N..."

Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood mentions the good news and the bad about local restaurants.
Food Column  April 27, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Watching the local restaurant industry's frenetic expansion over the past three years, I couldn't help but recall Austin's last boom and bust cycle in the mid-Eighties. Since the first of this year, I've been anticipating a contraction in the local restaurant market and it started in mid-April when everybody faces financial reality..."

Public Notice
Our weekly calendar of activist and volunteer events and fundraisers.
Columns  October 13, 2000, by Kate X Messer
"...7pm, Market Fundamentalism: Corporate Media, Free Trade, & the Assault on Democracy speech by celebrated journalist from India, P. Sainaith, UT campus, Garrison 1..."

Dusting Away the Cobwebs
News Story  July 28, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...In a real estate market moving as fast as Austin's, one would think that about every lending institution in town would have its hands full of proposals for construction and home-improvement loans. But that hasn't been the case for one, at least: the Austin Housing Finance Corporation..."

Page Two
Columns  July 14, 2000, by Louis Black
"...It seems absurd to acknowledge this as a commercial rather than a rare work in a director's filmography, but if they make an exception this time, what happens when some group shoots some "arty commercial" for a local event and wants to run it on access because of their enthusiasm for it? The Sotelo exception could wreak havoc. Still, the shoes are not even on the market any more, and shouldn't ACAC be a place to showcase obscure but interesting works?..."

Naked City
City auditor Helen Niesner resigns; Vignette Corp., is looking for offices downtown; Leslie Pool goes to work for U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Paul Robbins mad at Austin Energy; Office of Neighborhood Services launches workshops; Austin ranks No. 6 for bicycle theft.
News Story  July 7, 2000, by Amy Smith
"...First Computer Sciences Corp., then Intel; now we hear that Austin-based Vignette Corp. is hankering for a new address downtown, where the office market is hitting full stride..."

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