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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
"...Born in 1934 in Zapata, Texas, Garcia and his wife, Marina, who grew up in Laredo, moved to Austin in 1957 so Gus could attend the University of Texas. He earned an accounting degree, then became a CPA..."

Day Trips: Glenrio, Texas
West Texas ghost town was once a popular stop on Route 66
Columns  July 2, 2015, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The State Line Motel in Glenrio, on the Texas side of the border with New Mexico, proclaimed it was the first or last motel in Texas, depending on which direction you were traveling on Route 66...."

The Lay of the Land
Timing Is Everything
News Story  February 4, 1999, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...You've heard of this thing called Smart Growth, right? At that point when the entire Central Texas region panicked en masse about growth, downtown renewal ceased to be a boondoggle unworthy of broad public support. And by now, we've grown blasé when enviros and progressives support expanding the Convention Center and subsidizing a downtown shopping mall...."

Playback: Sizing Up Music's Bite of the Hotel Tax
Two new municipal funding schemes look to finally impact Austin music
Music Column  September 14, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Chapter 351 of the Texas Tax Code states that HOT taxes can be used for properties "that would be frequented by tourists and convention delegates." Thus Singleton believes that music venues, which contribute to the culture of Austin and thus make the city a tourist destination, could qualify for heritage grants. Unfortunately, Austin's current rules require landmarks to be 50 years old, so few venues meet that standard...."

A Change of Scenery
What It Looks Like
News Story  July 15, 1999, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...This would include everything from the Holiday Inn and Towers of Town Lake to a major printing plant, offices for the Austin Fire Department and Texas MHMR, several other office and multi-family developments, and -- don't forget -- the newly approved, as-yet-unbuilt Mexican-American Cultural Center (MACC). And across the street, of course, is the Convention Center, for which Rainey has become an auxiliary parking lot..."

From Baby Beef to Beyond
Rodeo Austin mooooves into the history books with its own history book.
DAILY Books  April 19, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...This year marked 75 years for Rodeo Austin – that shined-up chutes and scuffed-up boots other festival that happens every year during the same month as South by Southwest. To commemorate their place in the pantheon of Texas state/county fair culture, the group has released a book..."

Day Trips
'Historic Hotels of Texas' is as much a history book as it is a traveler's guide
Columns  December 7, 2007, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Historic Hotels of Texas is as much a history book as it is a traveler's guide. You would be hard-pressed to find a hotel of historical significance missing from Liz Carmack's collection of the luxurious to threadbare lodgings around the state...."

Day Trips
The historic hotels of San Antonio.
Columns  February 9, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...It was remodeled by the Ramada Company in 1984, to resemble a historic hotel. Named for the mulatto slave who distracted Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto and inspired the song "The Yellow Rose of Texas," the hotel offers modern conveniences and reasonable prices..."

Playback: Music Policy Draft Fails Venues
A complete detachment from the original vision of the Omnibus
Music Column  May 18, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Michael Corcoran, who wrote this page in the Eighties when it was called "Don't You Start Me Talking," has authored a majorly expanded version of his 2005 history book All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music – review forthcoming (I'm still on page 1). Through 42 profiles, the-artist-formerly-known-as-Corky excavates the essential Lone Stars of blues, rap, Tejano, rock, Western swing, and punk..."

Day Trips
Columns  March 7, 1997, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Profits go to the Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club. The book is published by Texas A&M Press and is available at most area bookstores for $12.95...."

Holiday in Town
Features Story  May 26, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Out-of-Town Bed & Breakfasts Tourism is booming in Central Texas, which means that every quaint cottage, old railroad hotel, and former stagecoach stop is likely to see a 21st-century rebirth as a charming bed & breakfast or boutique hotel. For expanded reviews of many of these destinations, check out our Hill Country Guide ("

Protect and Preserve
How can we keep Austin's cultural heritage authentic?
News Story  July 23, 2015, by Cindy Widner
"...Austin Hotel, the Continental Club, and private family residences. As much as some of us might lament the latest bulldozing or fret over our waning diversity, we lag behind most major cities, even those in Texas, when it comes to using the tools at hand – and developing new ones – to stabilize and support cultural work and preserve our physical history in a meaningful way...."

Day Trips
The Hotel El Capitan offers weary travelers a comfortable night's stay in Van Horn
Columns  August 5, 2011, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Trost, a noted architect in West Texas, began his career in Chicago, where he was influenced by Louis H. Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright..."

Architecture & Lodging
Best of Austin Story  September 15, 2000
"...Best Downtown BuildingTexas State Capitol..."

Lege Lines: Film Incentive Program Funding Uncertain, Anti-Choice Buffoonery, and More
Lege considers film incentive program funding and anti-choice antics take hold
News Story  March 19, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Contrary to popular opinion, Texas doesn't have a film incentive program. It has the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP), which covers video games, TV, and, yes, film..."

Can This District Be Saved?
The revival of the Warehouse District is rooted in Austin's history – and its popularity is also its peril
News Story  September 11, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...To stave off more bulldozing, new recommendations on methods to preserve the district recently came forward as part of the Downtown Austin Plan. The tools proposed by consultants ROMA Design Group and HR&A Advisors have sparked much debate among district property owners and among groups including the Heritage Society of Austin (originally opposed, now in support), the Downtown Austin Alliance (supportive in concept, not on the specifics), the Central Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urban­ism (which hosted a forum), the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, and the city's Design, Planning, and Downtown commissions..."

Summer Fun
The recent renovation of Galveston's Hotel Galvez brings the old girl back to her beginnings, as the island's crown jewel
Features Story  May 14, 2004, by Kate X Messer
"...One of the finest historic landmark inns on the Gulf Coast, the Galvez was built by local community benefactors and business tycoons to entice commerce back to the beach after that 1900 tragedy nearly wiped the island off the face of the earth. Since then, this grand dame of Texas hotels had survived more than eight decades of boom and bust, war and heyday, and had tolerated as many owners as eras..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  July 22, 1999
"...Eight organizations have already endorsed the project's effort, including the ACLU of Central Texas, Public Citizen, and the Association of Federal, State, and Municipal Employees (AFSME). Local police associations have already registered their concerns about the amendment, but del Llano says that given the wider information net the group is casting, the group is bracing for a fight..."

Eight Swanky Hotel Pools in Austin That Are Open to the Public
Barton Springs not posh enough? We have some options for you.
DAILY Chron Events  April 4, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...Looking to experience a bourgeoisie summer on a proletariat budget and escape the merciless Texas heat? Thankfully there are plenty of spots in Austin to catch a break from the UV death-rays that will descend upon our fair city once again. These Austin hotels and bars offer a cool respite from the summer with chlorinated waters and alcohol aplenty...."

Internet Brings the World to Rural TexasThe Road to the Wild
Screens Story  February 21, 1997, by Janet Heimlich
"...The man behind this tourism push is Leland Beatty of Texas Rural Communities (TRC), a non-profit company that grew out of one of Ma Ferguson's New Deal programs. Now TRC makes loans to small rural businesses that are richer in ideas then equity, and Beatty uses the assets in every way he can to help rural Texas prosper...."

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