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Aerial view at dusk of downtown Austin, Texas with river in foreground

Austin’s Changing Skyline

Multiple proposed skyscrapers are changing the shape of once low-slung downtown Austin, signaling the growth of the city as a technology and manufacturing hub.

January 19, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Rendering of Texas Mall with green lawns flanked by office towers and Capitol building at top

Austin’s Texas Mall Opens to the Public

The new plaza, part of the Capitol Complex Project, offers a glimpse of the potential of pedestrianized space in the Texas capital.

December 18, 2022 - Towers

Texas Capitol Building

Texas Legislator Proposes ‘District of Austin’

A conservative lawmaker wants to dissolve the state’s capital city, saying officials there have ‘failed the city’ with too-liberal policies.

November 22, 2022 - Houston Chronicle

Aerial view of Interstate 35 bridge over river into downtown Austin, Texas with skyline in background

Highway Expansion Moves Forward in Austin Despite Local Opposition

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to build an elevated freeway segment as part of its plan to widen Interstate 35 through central Texas.

November 17, 2022 - KUT

Multiple bridges busy with cars cross Lady Bird Lake outside downtown Austin, Texas.

Skyscraper Proposed for Austin Would Be Tallest in Texas

The skylines are starting to catch up to the hype about everything being bigger in Texas.

November 15, 2022 - Towers

View of Austin, Texas skyline at dusk with Colorado River and bridge in foreground

New Green Development Rules Take Effect in Austin

The city updated its development code to include more robust protection for local wetlands and stricter sustainable stormwater infrastructure requirements.

November 10, 2022 - Urbanize Austin

A picture of a decorative sign announcing “The Domain” surrounded by high density shops and apartments.

New Building Heights Approved for Austin

A zoning change has increase height limits from 308 feet to 420 feet for new buildings near the city’s MLS stadium.

November 7, 2022 - Austin Monitor

Electric bus in Austin, Texas

Austin Preparing to Trim 'Project Connect' Long-Term Transit Plans

Increasing costs and an understanding about taxes are reducing the scope of the long-term transit plan in Austin, Texas.

October 18, 2022 - Axios Austin

Front of brick elementary school building in Texas

Austin School District Properties Could Host Affordable Housing

The District is weighing early proposals to include housing units for teachers and staff in the redevelopment of a group of six ‘underutilized’ district properties.

October 2, 2022 - CBS Austin

Housing construction in Austin, Texas

The Uphill Battle to Build Housing in Austin

NIMBYism in one of the country’s fastest-growing cities contributes to a severe housing shortage and soaring housing costs.

September 26, 2022 - Texas Monthly

Encampment of unhoused people with tents and draped fabrics in Austin, Texas

Unhoused Austin Population Spikes Under Reinstated Camping Ban

The Texas capital is struggling to house its unsheltered residents even as the city commits more resources to building and acquiring more affordable housing units.

September 12, 2022 - Next City

A woman with a baby in a stroller and two men are milling around in front a sign that reads Austin Texas: Live Music Capital of the World.

Austin in the Top Five for Out-Migration

Fortunes are changing in Austin—a longtime magnet for new arrivals is dealing with skyrocketing housing costs and increasing amounts of out-migration.

September 2, 2022 - KVUE

A concrete expanse is visible at the intersections of two wide roads in Austin, Texas.

Austin Overhauling Dangerous Intersections

Austin's Visio Zero program is hard at work, making significant changes to some of the city's most dangerous intersections.

September 1, 2022 - Austin American-Statesman

Texas State Capital

Austin Metro Home Sales Slow Dramatically

After a whirlwind of rising costs and sharply spiking demand for housing in smaller cities, the housing market is cooling down to pre-pandemic levels.

July 21, 2022 - KVUE

Rendering of subterranean subway station

A Look at Austin’s Proposed Subway Stations

The Texas capital is planning an ambitious light rail system that will include subterranean stations.

July 8, 2022 - KUT

Lake TRavis is shown well below capacity, with the city of Austin in the background.

Declining Water Levels Trigger ‘Stage 1’ Drought Response in Austin

The effects of the megadrought in the American Southwest are reaching into Texas.

June 8, 2022 - KUT

A row of homes, some brightly colored, on a sunny day in Austin, Texas.

Austin Considering Zoning Tools to Support Affordable Housing Development

An expansion of the city’s vertical mixed-use (VMU) affordable development program is the furthest along of a package of reforms intended to spur the construction of affordable housing.

June 2, 2022 - Community Impact Newspaper

Austin Bus

Austin’s Transit CEO Moving to D.C.

After overseeing a major system redesign and plans for its largest-ever expansion, the head of Capital Metro will take over Washington, D.C.’s transit agency.

May 17, 2022 - KUT

I-45 and I-69

A Freeway Rebellion Rises in the Unlikeliest of States: Texas

“There’s no train, there’s no bus, there’s no anything that supports mass transportation. It doesn’t exist.” -Houston resident Fabian Ramirez.

May 2, 2022 - The Guardian

Austin, TA sign reading "Whole Foods Coming Soon" adorns a blue wall across the street from warehouses.

Austin Now Taking Applications for its ‘Right to Return’ to Gentrifying Neighborhoods

The Texas state capital’s “right to return” law was delayed by the pandemic, but Austin is now taking applications for longtime low-income residents to find housing in gentrifying neighborhoods.

April 14, 2022 - KUT

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