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The Budget Is Hell
Mitchell Loses Big While Griffith Saves the Day
"...12 grueling hours... $1.3 billion spent... Casualties: One councilmember and one downtown consultant...."

Sept. 20, 1996 News Column by Alex de Marban

PARD Considers the Future of Historic Home on Lady Bird Lake
Travis Heights citizens have fought to get it rehabbed for 40 years
"...brick siding, large windows, hardwood floors, a low-pitched roof, and a pergola raised on pyramidal columns of river rock...."

Feb. 9, 2024 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Austin Desperately Needs Lifeguards but Has Resisted Calls for a Wage Increase
Lifeguards in limbo
"...a group of lifeguards is organizing for the wages and benefits it believes will alleviate the shortage. Citing the..."

June 3, 2022 News Feature by Abe Asher

A Rough Start to Summer for Austin’s Beloved Pools
Can we swim yet?
"...high 90s, Austin's most iconic summer haunts are drained and covered, with vacant lifeguard stands and empty ticket booths...."

May 29, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Park, Pond, or Ballfield?
Three rivals vie for a stretch of city land
"...pond?: Three rival uses for a stretch of city land in the Highland neighborhood come before City Council today,..."

Sept. 27, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Hostel Takeover Averted – For Now
Lease extension for Hostelling International's Austin franchise exposes a few cracks
"...hopes, construction on the long-coveted boardwalk extension of the hike-and-bike trail along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake..."

March 9, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Budget in Plain Sight
Council adopts a budget with the sausage prepared in public
"...Act violations that has drawn interoffice communication to a standstill – meant the sausage-making process was on full display...."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
"...state in the nation. These ... exonerations are clear and convincing evidence that our criminal justice system is broken."..."

May 2, 2008 News Feature

Our readers talk back.
"...South Austin Tennis Center is not a neighborhood park and identified it as a "semantic" distinction, noting that some..."

May 13, 2005 Column

The Starbucks Showdown continues; and readers voice their opinions on last week's Best of Austin issue.
"...enough to have met her a number of times; and Margaret Moser did a fine job of capturing the..."

Sept. 22, 2000 Column

Naked City
Austin Youth Hostel gets a reprieve from the city, which agreed not to evict the hostel in exchange for $1,625 in rent a month.
"...Noah, a Ugandan living in Vancouver, stopped by during his two-week holiday..."

Sept. 22, 2000 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...What if they gave a charrette, and nobody knew about it? ... If you missed Tuesday..."

April 16, 1999 News Feature

Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup
Fall events and news from all over Texas
"...It’s already time to think about Christmas shopping and where to take your annual holiday-card photo...."

Nov. 2, 2022 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Chain-Saw Frenzy
Fear of a Springs PARD massacre is about trust as well as trees
"...The city's Parks & Recreation Depart­ment climbed out on a dangerous public..."

May 8, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Game, Set ... Match?: Tennis Battle Rages
Galindo neighbors want South Austin Park kept as open space
"...Although Austin's Zoning and Platting Commission voted very late Tuesday night – actually..."

May 20, 2005 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Tug of War
Changing Chamber Funds
"...Austin will now be coordinated by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, rather than by the city's several minority..."

Aug. 6, 1999 News Column by Jenny Staff Johnson

Public Notice: Taking a Mulligan?
Hancock Golf Course/Park plans seem to be off the boil
"...Conservancy held its twice-delayed open house meeting with Austin parks officials to discuss the future of the Central Austin..."

March 5, 2021 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Damn the Analysis – Full Speed Ahead
City report cut to protect "false narrative" on LDC?
", including his customary "Narrative of overall market trends and observations from the City Demographer," which read:..."

Feb. 28, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Election Notes
District 6, mobility fits, and complaints of campaign thrift
"...50. On Oct. 24, Ruiz sent journalists an email demanding Israel spend more money to beat him. He claimed:..."

Oct. 28, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Then There's This: Turf Fight at Auditorium Shores
Dog owners challenge city's plan to shrink off-leash play space
"...behind a national shift toward creating more off-leash dog parks – what the Trust for Public Land has called..."

Dec. 6, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Development Plan Goes Nowhere Fast
Hancock Golf Course plan stokes outrage
" guide to getting Austin residents riled up, the Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday tackled a proposal to..."

Aug. 30, 2013 News Feature by Elizabeth Pagano

"...of the revised Green Water Treatment Plant development proposal and the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, which should arrive in..."

May 25, 2012 News Feature

The Daily Hustle: 11/15/10
No time like the present(ation)
"...there be no more than two presentations per meeting, and the one scheduled for Wednesday is a real doozy:..."

Nov. 15, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Canoe Conundrum
Longtime proprietors of Town Lake's canoe rental franchise get sent up the river without a paddle
"...Hippies, naturalists, and trail-mix munchers, take note: Today, City Council is expected..."

Dec. 16, 2005 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Former City Forester Charges Harassment, Sex Bias at PARD
Susan Murray alleges her career as Austin's urban forester fell apart after she complained about her boss' conduct.
" of several remarks allegedly made in late 2000 and early 2001 to Susan Murray, the city's former urban..."

Feb. 21, 2003 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Community Advocates Worry Commercial Interests Dominate Zilker Park Vision Plan
Zilker Park or "Park Zilker"?
"...After two years of discussion and stakeholder input, the city's final draft of the Zilker..."

Dec. 16, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Then There's This: Swimming Upstream
Families' access to city pools depends on where they live
"...that municipal swimming pools – once a neighborhood staple and valued community space in most towns – are always..."

June 21, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Then There's This: Showdown at the Springs
Is the pool's south side in need of a makeover?
"...dirt parking lot, a pathway leading to a gate, and a small ticket booth where one gains entry to..."

July 6, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

Hancock Not Up to PAR(D)
The Community Engagement Process has begun
"...The Parks and Recreation Department on Tues­day evening kicked off its..."

Nov. 18, 2011 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the state, and beyond
"...a $20 million General Fund shortfall, the city's financial department unveiled $20 million in proposed cuts at a special-called..."

Feb. 13, 2009 News Feature

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