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Austin @ Large: Austin at Large: Mixed Signals
Why is the City Council trying to undercut single-member districts?
"...and stay there (because you know the current central-city Birkenstock Belt will be divvied up among as many SMDs..."

March 8, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: The Writing on the Wall
If neighborhoods don't embrace Smart Growth, the city as a whole will get stuck with stupid growth.
"...are also plenty of examples of the reverse, including Birkenstock Belt precincts where people can get pretty snotty about..."

Dec. 19, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
The wise aftermath of Smart Growth
"...Likewise, making older neighborhoods in the Birkenstock Belt safe for zero-lot-line condos is not pragmatic; the..."

Oct. 5, 2001 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: Lesson Planners
All I need to know about cities, I learned in kindergarten
"...road alliance of convenience between the burbs and the Birkenstock Belt – a romance quickly ruptured over the AISD..."

Sept. 3, 2004 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Beverly Besieged
Mike Clark-Madison previews the Place 4 City Council race.
"...both résumé-builders that are unlikely to much matter to Birkenstock Belt voters.Gathering Strange Bedfellows You could see this all..."

May 3, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Mapping the Changes
A preview of proposed new single-member districts
"...7 -- and the remaining core, including the powerful Birkenstock Belt neighborhoods that have, for 10 years, brought you..."

April 5, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Welcome to the Primaries
A roundup of primary races important to the Austin area
"...GOP-dictated redistricting, this district got shorn of the high-turnout Birkenstock Belt boxes in South Central -- like Maxey's own..."

March 1, 2002 News Feature

Inside Out ... Outside In
The growing influence of fringe movements on City Hall reflects either a healthy populism or the implosion of civic engagement
"...junkie and former Chronicle reporter Mike Clark-Madison calls the "Birkenstock Belt" – where groups like the Austin Neigh­bor­hoods Council..."

March 2, 2012 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Election Breakdown
The not-so-shocking election story, in numbers
"...produced some positive signs of blueness spreading beyond the Birkenstock Belt – particularly in those stubbornly reddish House districts..."

Nov. 18, 2005 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Doughnuts No More!
Election statistics, maps, and analysis
"...changed; as usual, voters in the Northwest and the Birkenstock Belt made up just shy of half the total..."

May 13, 2005 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Top 10 Local Stories
Central Texas in 2005
"...its University Neighborhood Overlay – a grand bargain wherein Birkenstock Belt neighbors traded massive increases in West Campus density..."

Jan. 7, 2005 News Feature

Austin @ Large: The Metro Message
It’s not a ‘campaign,’ exactly, but what is the transit authority’s tune?
"...the road warriors – people, particularly people in the Birkenstock Belt, really aren't that troubled by Austin traffic. (They..."

June 25, 2004 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: (Jennifer) Gale Force
The vote in the AISD board elections suggests too many Austinites are just not paying attention
"...Guadalupe Sosa, which were primarily the buckles of the Birkenstock Belt – Clarksville, Cherrywood, Travis Heights – whose voters..."

May 28, 2004 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: The Results Are In ...
The Envision Central Texas planning survey confirms a popular vision that the power brokers just don't want to see.
"...findings show that the mainstream, not just in the Birkenstock Belt but throughout Central Texas, ain't where it used..."

Dec. 12, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

How Can Wynn Lose?
The mayoral odds are with Wynn, but could a run-off be a race?
"...To the Birkenstock Belt cadres, these things are a lot more important..."

April 25, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

"The Definition of Hell"
"...living definition of hell." A quote not from the Birkenstock Belt, but from the editorial page of The Dallas..."

April 18, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Free(PAC) Radicals
"...up in some of the staunchest boxes in Austin's Birkenstock Belt -- a sign that Democratic voters may cross..."

March 8, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: The Dunkerley Solution
Betty Dunkerley's "pragmatic" challenge to Beverly Griffith's obstinancy
"...the forces of change. But to people outside the Birkenstock Belt, concerned about issues like public safety and public..."

March 1, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Mayor what's-his-name is gone -- who's next?
"...into simmering populist discontent with Smart Growth in the Birkenstock belt, and drive a whole new truck through the..."

Aug. 17, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Voter Turnout
"...for Central Austin is not unprecedented; much of the Birkenstock Belt's traditional power derives not from the quantity but..."

Nov. 24, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Light Rail
"...same, a combination of swing-box seduction, south-side amelioration, and Birkenstock Belt motivation could well put the train back on..."

Nov. 24, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Election 2000
Chronicle Election Coverage
"...were largely from the light rail strongholds in the Birkenstock Belt. Those 21 partials were enough to close the..."

Nov. 10, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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