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Beside the Point
City Council gets ready to wade in the water (treatment plant)
"...isn't enough, today also slams the door on McCracken's McMansion ordinance. This tempest-in-a-tract-home is slated for third and final..."

June 23, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

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Our readers talk back.
"...Danny Roy YoungMcMansions and LessDear Editor,..."

June 16, 2006 Column

Point Austin: Up or Out?
Debates over open space and neighborhoods are the discourse of community
"...debate that has still only begun; although the size-limiting McMansion ordinance passed on its first two readings, the third..."

June 16, 2006 News Column by Michael King

Beside the Point
Bond package continues taking shape, and the McMansion ordinance's day of truth arrives
"...the day of McReckoning. After a lengthy stint, the McMansion Task Force is ready to present its final recommendations..."

June 9, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Down in the Valley
Sadly, this is less the epic modern Western it aspires to be than a muddled melodrama about a delusional drifter played by Edward Norton.
"...portentous wide shot, and there’s a shoot-out in a McMansion, but somehow the movie lacks a real sense of..."

June 2, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...The Planning Commission heard public testimony on a proposed McMansion ordinance that seeks to put the kibosh on oversized..."

May 19, 2006 News Feature

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"...letter itself reflects the difficulty of the whole city McMansion effort. As our gallery shows, one man's ugly monstrosity..."

March 31, 2006 Column

Whose House Is Fattest?
The original "McMansion or Not?" contest
"...of civic engagement (or your inner neighborhood Nazi) at austinchronicle.com/mcmansions, your portal to the great and terrible Bloat-o-Meter, where..."

March 24, 2006 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Beside the Point
City Council takes up arms and definitions over the charter amendments
"...hearing are the task force changes to the interim McMansion ordinance, which despite Planning Commission objections, will likely still..."

March 10, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Beside the Point: Council's Best Friends
Austin is a dog's - not to mention city manager's - town.
"...Council also passed its controversial (see Statesman above) temporary McMansion moratorium on second and third readings. The ordinance, now..."

Feb. 24, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Point Austin: Beside the Point
Council ponders limiting McMansions
"...sweating over new interim home development regulations, aka the "McMansion" ordinance. Why council picked this particular fight right now..."

Feb. 17, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...Austin Energy's tree-trimming policies and the proposed moratorium on "McMansions" – i.e., houses bigger than yours and ours –..."

Feb. 10, 2006 News Feature

Point Austin: Beside the Point
The Council gears up for 2006
"...future home of Austin's central library, and a 6pm McMansion public hearing and first-reading vote, originally scheduled for last..."

Feb. 10, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Point Austin: Beside the Point
Moriarty flings more poo at the city
"...short list of council items (highlighted by the so-called McMansion ordinance; see Naked City, facing page), and otherwise slight..."

Feb. 3, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Bride & Prejudice
This Jane Austen adaptation takes the Bollywood out of India and leaves us something too familiar.
"...involving a tin-eared suitor (Nitin Chandra Ganatra) with a McMansion in the San Fernando Valley. There's even a film..."

Feb. 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Mean Girls
Clique comedy about teen groupthink lacks real bite.
"...princessdom (Poehler is terrifying as a blowsy but "cool" McMansion mom who mixes daiquiris while her preteen daughter vamps..."

April 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Austin at Large: And Still, We Rise
Austin has liberated itself from exhausted narratives before. It's time to do it again.
"...is now trying to detach its fortunes from the golf-course-and-McMansion model that defined its PUD, because nobody wants that..."

June 12, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

City Council Shapes Land Use Overhaul on Second Reading
Debate continues as Austin learns to code
"...real FAR is actually less than 0.4 due to McMansion Ordinance restrictions on building size.)..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Now Streaming in Austin: Master of Dark Shadows
New documentary bites into the legacy of the Gothic soap
"...realm of fantasy, why stop there? Ditch the suburban McMansion for a Gothic hall. No more bored housewives as..."

May 10, 2019 Screens Column by Richard Whittaker

A Two-Horse Race for Mayor
Can Laura Morrison hope to edge out Steve Adler?
"...of things they dislike in their neighborhoods – a 'McMansion' or something else, and say 'that's why I hate..."

July 6, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

CodeNEXT Year, Maybe
The city's land use rewrite had one helluva year
"...bonus programs, and introduced a modified version of the McMansion Ordinance to help discourage demolition of existing housing. But..."

Dec. 29, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Imagine Austin With CodeNEXT
Draft two brings big changes, more questions
"...existing houses intact, using a modified version of the McMansion Ordinance, would give property owners extra leeway to build..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Greg Abbott, Tree Killer
That attack on the Heritage Tree ordinance? A personal vendetta.
"...Abbott was scrapping his home to build a bigger McMansion, and the city issued building permits with the stipulation..."

June 16, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Council: Not According to Code
Parks, plumbing, and miscellaneous
"...afternoon work session on CodeNEXT, that one focusing on “McMansion” issues and general compatibility standards. Those discussions continue this..."

June 12, 2017 News Post by Michael King

CodeNEXT: Learn to Love It
Trying to make sense of a deeply flawed first draft
"...increased unit counts in every zone; parking requirements, compatibility, McMansion rules, lots of other things ... There is no..."

June 9, 2017 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Point Austin: Down in the Grove
Agreement on latest PUD portends … a little progress?
"...its PUD proposal and seek conventional zoning, tract by McMansion tract. Instead, the agreement takes on all of the..."

Dec. 9, 2016 News Column by Michael King

Council: Save the Coyotes!
A morning on wild, wild life, an afternoon on workers’ rights
"...ordinances governing conversions of carports to garages (under the “McMansion” ordinance) – the vote seemed tentative, and the matter..."

Oct. 10, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Best of Austin – Friday
BOA all day, erryday
"...rolling hills of West Austin without seeing nary a McMansion in sight – and that's painfully not so anymore...."

March 20, 2015 Features Feature

Randall Stephens: 'I Can Handle the Job'
"...you put up a two-story next to it, a McMansion, then prices are going to go up. I know..."

May 30, 2014 News Feature

Then There's This: Decoding the Code
Next step: untangling 30 years of regulatory layers
"...TOD. We added some restraints in 2006 with the McMansion Ordinance, then loosened the grip the following year in..."

May 9, 2014 News Column by Amy Smith

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