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Mixed Use, Mixed Emotions
An anniversary review of Austin's vertical mixed-use program discovers a range of responses to density, change, and planning
"...was an 11th-hour addition to the ordinance: giving individual neighborhoods a voice. Citizens – through their official neighborhood planning..."

Feb. 1, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

When Did the Single-Family Home Go From Being the American Dream to an Urbanist Nightmare?
One policy wonk's view of how we got here
" has it all. It features traditional face-offs like "neighborhoods and environmentalists vs. developers," but also fairly novel formulations..."

Feb. 7, 2020 News Feature by Daryl Slusher

Club Endorsements
Who's backing whom in the Nov. 6 election
"...Central Texas, Workers Defense Action Fund, Friends of Austin Neighborhoods..."

Oct. 25, 2018 News Post

Developing Stories
More lessons from Seattle
"...Diers is the founding director of the Department of Neighborhoods for the city of Seattle and the author of..."

June 15, 2007 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Their Reputations Precede Them
Run-off rivals Galindo and Morrison set the record straight
" least): that as former president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council and co-chair of the McMansion task force, Morrison..."

June 6, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Developing Stories: Neighbor Power
Why neighborhood plans work better in Seattle
"...grounded in the best of intentions – to help neighborhoods control their own destinies, build community and neighborly consensus,..."

May 18, 2007 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Mapping the Future
Seven longtime Austinites talk about Smart Growth, neighborhood planning, and the future of Central Austin in an October roundtable discussion.
"...on Town Lake.) "In previous years, both developers and neighborhoods could simply count to four" council votes, Ben Heimsath..."

Dec. 3, 1999 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

From Runways to Sidewalks
The Mueller neighborhood at midcourse
"...experimental, progressive, and sustainable motivated them to leave established neighborhoods and put down money for houses that weren't built..."

Aug. 9, 2013 News Feature by Robyn Ross

Neighborhood Watch
Sustainable Neighborhoods group advocates 'family-friendly' north side development
"...the concern – slightly overstated – voiced by Sustainable Neighborhoods of North Central Austin, a nonprofit citizens group that's..."

March 22, 2013 News Feature by Robyn Ross

The Road to Rail
Can light rail in Austin work well with Smart Growth?
"...DART, are hip mixed-use urban things in the close-to-downtown neighborhoods. Cityplace, the underground station where DART will link to..."

July 21, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Tied to the Tracks
"...realities like toll roads, higher density development in the neighborhoods, the elimination of free parking, substantially higher gasoline taxes,..."

April 4, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Which Way to CodeNEXT?
A conversation with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Greg Casar
"; 2) the more we encourage density in existing neighborhoods, the more land costs go up, and the more..."

Sept. 15, 2017 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Friends Like These
Austin Neighborhoods Council prez says FAN and ANC values are in conflict
" make of the newcomer. The Friends of Austin Neighborhoods ( began organizing in the spring, and their interim..."

Sept. 11, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

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.
"...Ever since I started writing about neighborhoods, and at more-or-less the same time got involved in..."

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

The Lords of Parking
Neighborhood Associations Deciding Curbside Privileges
"...that the city is promoting draconian policies in facilitating neighborhoods limiting access to parking on their streets. David Greer,..."

Aug. 28, 1998 News Feature by Jeff Mandell

Suburban Blight
Austinites' Escape to the 'Burbs Backfires
"...those rankings change over time, you can tell what neighborhoods are moving in which direction at what rate...."

March 27, 1998 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Infill On Trial
What's the Verdict on the Latest Central-City Boom?
"...level of density will we accept in Central Austin neighborhoods? Will everybody need, demand, or deserve a place to..."

Feb. 14, 1997 News Feature

CodeNEXT Wrecks Austin
Or did Austin wreck CodeNEXT?
"...Following February's release of the final draft, the Austin Neighborhoods Coun­cil called the proposed language a significant threat to..."

May 25, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

'Completing Communities'
A conversation with Kathie Tovo
"...the neighborhood associations you've been affiliated with. The Austin Neighborhoods Council, for instance, seemed supportive of the McMansion ordinance,..."

June 3, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Taking Off
Balancing Priorities
"...So the mantra of the Mueller Neighborhoods Coalition may well be: "Do it now." This risks,..."

Feb. 26, 1999 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Rental Health Worries
Pecan Springs Gives Apartments Thumbs Down
"...idea into the same-old-same-old. Because the developer and the neighborhoods couldn't get along, she said, the council was forced..."

Dec. 26, 1997 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Neighbors Know Best
Lewis, Garcia Team Up Against Affordable Housing
"...illustration by Doug Potter "Neighborhoods Council" has such a heartwarming ring. Everybody can get..."

Dec. 12, 1997 News Column by Kayte VanScoy

Squaring the Triangle
The Three Austins Collide at a Central-City Crossroads
"...concerning drainage, a paramount concern to the frequently flooded neighborhoods downstream along the Hemphill Branch. According to his lease,..."

July 4, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Road to 10-1 ... Is Getting Crowded [Updated May 12]
As May money season opens, candidates blossom
"...Cantu Occupation: emergency medical technician/paramedic Experience: neighborhood activist (Austin Neighborhoods Council rep) Issues: transportation, education, health care, affordability"

May 2, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

Building Utopia
After years of pipe dreams, politics, and planning, the new Mueller Neighborhood is rising at last
"'s declared progressive social values: Green Urbanism, affordable housing, neighborhoods that build community, and environmental sustainability. Forged in the..."

Sept. 29, 2006 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Born to be Reviled
Interstate 35's worst stretch is also its most politically organized -- and that's a problem for TxDOT.
"...years of construction, resulting in untold effects on Eastside neighborhoods and bedeviling traffic; if you think the highway's crowded..."

Sept. 20, 2002 News Feature by Dave Mann

History vs. "Progress"
I-35 expansion opponents from Eastside neighborhoods plan to apply for national historic area designation and promise to fight TxDOT along the way to salvage historic structures in their neighborhood.
"...elevated HOV lanes through downtown. Expansion opponents from Eastside neighborhoods plan to apply for federal historic protections and promise..."

Sept. 6, 2002 News Feature by Dave Mann

Our readers talk back.
"...zoning category will have a disastrous effect on the neighborhoods just to the north of it, Hemphill Park, Eastwoods..."

Jan. 18, 2002 Column

Down to Two
Runoff candidates offer views on city's future.
"...First of all, just to minimize the impact on neighborhoods, but then also minimize any adverse impacts on the..."

June 2, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Naked City
A number of so-called "duplexes" -- massive, brightly painted multifamily residences with two kitchens and up to six residents -- have cropped up virtually overnight in the North University area, incensing area homeowners.
"...Neighborhoods of Austin, beware! A new species of duplex standing..."

Jan. 7, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

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