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Red and silver MetroRail train in Austin, Texas.

Austin’s Project Connect Under Fire From State Attorney General

A new lawsuit could delay the massive transit proposal into the next legislative session, where anti-Austin lawmakers could kill it altogether.

April 8, 2024 - The Austin Chronicle

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The Paradox of American Housing

How the tension between housing as an asset and as an essential good keeps the supply inadequate and costs high.

March 26, 2024 - The Atlantic

Three young people at bike share station in Austin, Texas.

Austin Bike Share Announces Major Expansion

Cap Metro plans to electrify its entire fleet.

February 5, 2024 - Austin Monitor

Aerial view of downtown Austin, Texas with state capitol dome at end of long, straight boulevard.

Opinion: Austin Zoning Reform Won’t Have Major Impact

Despite heated controversy, some experts believe the zoning changes made last year won’t make a significant dent in the local housing crisis.

February 4, 2024 - Forbes

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Austin Freeway Expansion Fight Continues

Opponents of the project have filed another lawsuit in hopes of halting the widening of Interstate 35.

February 1, 2024 - KUT

Austin, Texas skyline with river in foreground at sunset.

Austin Rents Fall as Apartment Construction Accelerates

As more multifamily developments become available and the tech job boom slows, Austin is seeing more affordable rents than a year ago, but costs remain above pre-pandemic levels.

January 4, 2024 - Austin American-Statesman

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Texas Judge Reverses Three Austin Zoning Reforms

The ruling impacts ordinances passed in 2022 aimed at increasing housing density and supporting mixed-use development.

December 14, 2023 - Austin Monitor

Neighborhood of large houses in suburban Austin, Texas.

Austin Approves Upzoning

Combined with the recent decision to eliminate parking minimums, the move to end single-family zoning could help make housing more affordable.

December 13, 2023 - The Austin Chronicle

Low angle view of Texas state capitol at night from middle of wide street.

Austin Creates Homeless Strategy Office

The new office is dedicated to consolidating the city’s efforts to house unhoused residents.

November 23, 2023 - CBS Austin

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Austin Relaunches Open Streets Program

‘Living Streets’ lets residents apply for three types of temporary or semi-permanent street closures.

November 19, 2023 - Austin Towers

Three grey trash cans labeled with Compost, Recycle, and Landfill in English and Spanish on a concrete walkway in a park in Austin, Texas.

Austin Reveals New Zero Waste Plan

The city aims to eliminate the majority of landfill waste by 2040.

November 8, 2023 - The Austin Chronicle

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Austin Ends Parking Minimums

The city approved changes called for by a May resolution that eliminate parking requirements in all neighborhoods.

November 6, 2023 - KUT

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Austin Text Alert System Caters to Unhoused Residents

A new emergency text message alert system will provide information specific to the needs of homeless people during extreme weather events.

October 31, 2023 - KXAN

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How Housing Density Could Help Austin Reach Climate Goals

With housing and transportation as the two biggest sources of carbon emissions, a new report shows how boosting density near transit would accelerate emissions reductions.

October 17, 2023 - Austin Monitor

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Austin Releases Equitable TOD Study

The document develops a framework for ensuring that the most vulnerable and low-income residents benefit from investments in public transit and new housing and amenities.

October 1, 2023 - CapMetro

Aerial view of Interstate 35 with blurred traffic and Austin, Texas skyline in background with river in foreground at nighttime.

Austin in Race Against Time to Secure Freeway Cap Funding

With a major freeway expansion project looming, the Texas capital is seeking federal funding to build several freeway ‘decks’ downtown.

September 27, 2023 - Austin American-Statesman

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‘Affordability Unlocked’ Boosts Austin’s Affordable Housing Production

A 2019 program has created new housing at a faster rate than other city programs.

September 26, 2023 - KUT

View of Austin, Texas skyline with river in foreground

Austin Could Legalize Tiny Homes, RVs as ADUs

Expanding the types of homes eligible as accessory dwelling units could help more homeowners afford the construction costs.

September 18, 2023 - Austin Monitor

Housing construction in Austin, Texas

Austin Electeds Hope Site Review Improvements Achieve Affordability Gains

After receiving scathing reviews about the frustrations and inefficiencies of its site review process, Austin has contracted with McKinsey to begin the work of overhauling the process.

September 5, 2023 - The Real Deal

Colorful "atx" sign in front of Whole Foods store in Austin, Texas

Austin’s ‘Affordability Unlocked’ Initiative Faces Lawsuit

A group of 18 plaintiffs is suing to overturn the city of Austin’s “Affordability Unlocked” planning initiative.

August 30, 2023 - Austin Monitor

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