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Don't Believe the Hype
Local Digiterati on the Good, the Bad, and the Internet in Between
"...centers like Silicon Valley and Austin, the cost of living is spiraling upward. This is déjô vu for some..."

Jan. 28, 2000 Screens Feature by Jon Lebkowsky

Mueller Will Gentrify
"...evil person she is. Imagine trying to make a living off of what she believes in rather than being..."

March 5, 1999 Column

The Evil of Two Lessers
"...For of course you're living under tremendous pressures, in cramped and dirty quarters --..."

Oct. 11, 1996 Column by Michael Ventura

Separation Anxiety
Skyboxes: The Gated Communities of Sports
"...say about our culture? Increasing numbers of Americans are living in gated communities, where armed guards, security fences, and..."

Oct. 4, 1996 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Public Notice: The Housing Conundrum
Good news? Bad news? It’s all in your point of view.
"...Because of course as value goes up, cost of living goes up, probably at a faster rate than wages..."

March 26, 2021 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Hired / Fire
Overtime, wages, hiring procedures at heart of negotiations between city, firefighters
"...went back to the bargaining table. Before discussing their wage proposal, which asks the city to take into account..."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Letters to the Editor: Classic Cuts
35 years of "keeping it weird"
" make our sole income from playing for a living. It is our job and it is about time..."

Sept. 2, 2016 Features Feature by Danielle White

The Hightower Report
The latest Son of a Bush has a plan to make you richer
"...Americans today are scrambling between two or three part-time, low-wage jobs, working day and night, six days a week,..."

Aug. 7, 2015 News Column by Jim Hightower

Playback: Austin Music Census
The Austin Music Census hits the fan. As does Tyler, the Creator!
"...75% of local musicians fall below Austin's average annual wage of $48,150. Looking at the top end, just 0.4%..."

June 5, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

To Join Or Not to Join
Austin actors tell how they negotiate the Actors Equity choice
"...I will be compensated for my time above minimum wage, I know what the rate will be, and I..."

Jan. 22, 2015 Arts Post by Katherine Catmull

Sharecropping on Wheels
While the city juggles taxicab franchises, drivers demand 'a fair shake'
"...than 60 hours a week for less than minimum wage...."

June 11, 2010 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Point Austin: Nobody in Charge
For the Cap Metro chaos, blame a feckless board
"...Cap Metro over the last 18 months, saving it wage money while the workers waited for a resolution. Leadership..."

Nov. 14, 2008 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
"...rules, ethics reforms, an increase in the federal minimum wage – which the House passed Wednesday afternoon – and..."

Jan. 12, 2007 News Feature

Raise? Sure, I'll Take a Raise!
"...think a salary increase based on retroactive (cost of living increases) would be very much in order." Gloria Aguilera,..."

Nov. 16, 2006 News Post by Wells Dunbar

March 7 Primaries
"...the national poverty line by increasing the state minimum wage above its current level of $5.15 per hour?..."

Feb. 17, 2006 News Feature

Page Two
Religious zealotry can have the effect of undoing basic morality
"...specific details of their religious beliefs that they would wage war on others who believed differently from them?..."

July 8, 2005 Column by Louis Black

Here Today, There Tomorrow
Austin ISD Schools grapple with high student turnover – and all its consequences
"...$800, it's still a stretch for those making minimum wage or slightly more. A 2004 report by the Community..."

March 11, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Our readers talk back.
"...convenience store in order to try and make a living at minimum wage, this wonderful state of ours will..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Column

Schools, Sprawl, and Citizenship
Vote begins on $520 million school bond package
"...However, Austin's changing demographics, and its rising cost of living, mean that more and more low-income families are now..."

Aug. 27, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Our readers talk back.
"...effective criminal justice system cannot be run on minimum wage dollars and still hope to keep a revolving door..."

May 7, 2004 Column

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Zachary Scott Theatre Center revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a real horror show, making the clash of Edward Albee's middle-aged marrieds George and Martha both titanic and terrifying.
"...Hallows Eve give license to all nightmare beasts, from living dead to Devil's brood, to walk among us, and..."

Oct. 17, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Art of Being Dagoberto Gilb
What's a successful writer like Dagoberto Gilb got against the establishment?
"...on his mind. Ten years ago, when he was living in El Paso but happened to be in Austin,..."

March 23, 2001 Books Feature by Clay Smith

Theatre reviews! Film reviews! The Summer Smut Issue! Get your snipes here!
"...brief reign of terror as self-proclaimed "Porno Princess" ["Better Living Through Porno," Aug. 11], I found her exposé to..."

Aug. 25, 2000 Column

Neighbors relate their own housing crunches in response to last week's cover story.
"...firms are loud and dirty, but provide higher than minimum-wage jobs that don't require higher education. Without industry the..."

Aug. 4, 2000 Column

Readers are baffled by the Chronicle's "no endorsement" for the mayoral race.
"...the last three years." In my 84 years of living, this is the first time every City Council member..."

April 28, 2000 Column

Roll 'Em
"...worried parents moving in with the siblings to help wage war on the cancers...."

Feb. 26, 1999 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Letter to Isaac
"...$10 an hour, and frankly this is the lowest wage city I have ever lived in in my life...."

Feb. 19, 1999 Column

There's No Place Like Home
"..."I don't think I could make it, living in a $600-700 apartment," Robinson says. "But that's what..."

Aug. 21, 1998 News Feature

The People's Court
Justice of the Peace Races Not So Peaceful
"...for the past 10 years. "I worked a minimum wage job while at UT," she says. "Does that sound..."

Feb. 20, 1998 News Feature by Lee Simmons

Poetry as Activism
Raul Salinas' Passion for Literature and Life
" concerns to INS reform to a livable minimum wage...."

March 21, 1997 Books Feature by Phil West

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