Community Voice

Austinites are known to be opinionated and thoughtful and we want to hear what you have to say! Anyone can join this online Austin community consisting of citizen journalists of all stripes. We encourage writers, bloggers, photographers, artists and Austin community activists to weigh in on the issues of the day.

Is Austin’s Black Population Really Declining?

Undoubtedly, the black population in the city of Austin is not keeping pace with the growth of other race/ethnicity groups. In 2010, Austin’s black population was 64,406, a decrease of 1,550 people compared to 2000 (-2 percent). The city’s Hispanic population, by contrast, increased by about 77,000 people (38 percent) and Asians surged 61 percent.

ACL Festival's Second-Weekend Growing Pains

City records tell the tale of how event promoter C3 Presents sold out last year's ACL Fest.

Beyond “Rail or Fail”: A New Transit Agenda

Our guest commentator argues that the powers that be are asking the wrong questions about transit.

A Different Kind of Bank Comes to Austin: The Austin Diaper Bank

The Austin Diaper Bank gathers donations to share with Austin area social service agencies.

Leaving Austin and its Liberal Narrative Behind

A black female soon-to-be-ex-Austinite explains why you and she may not be living in the same town.

Yes, I Am a NIMBY

A guest columnist from the North Austin Community Newsletter makes the case for Not In My Back Yard.

Refugees From Torture Find Support in Austin

The Center for Survivors of Torture provides help to refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers in Texas and Oklahoma.

The View From Out Here: How a Local Nonprofit Helps Homeless Artists

The nonprofit Art from the Streets offers homeless artists studio space, materials, and the opportunity to sell their work.

City Council to Host Citizen Forum Saturday May 31st

Austinites who work during the week will have their chance to make their voices heard by the Austin City Council.

How Lack of Affordability is Killing Austin

Our guest commentator lays out why he thinks the boom can't last.

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Refugees From Torture Find Support in Austin

The Center for Survivors of Torture provides help to refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers in Texas and Oklahoma.

Sustainable Food Center's Holiday Gifts and Events

The Sustainable Food Center and farmers market has several locally sourced holiday gifts and events this year. The local farmers and vendors will offer an array of seasonal items this year, perfect for the local food-lover on your list or for entertaining at a holiday party.

Straight Outta Austin! Interview: Brian LoSoya of Zero Charisma

The folks over at Punching The Walls of Reality have a new interview series, Straight Outta Austin! Interviews, spotlighting the talented and creative folks all across Austin, Texas.

Hyde Park Fire Station Festival has Activist Roots

In the early ‘70s, Dorothy Richter went with her son to register his bicycle at the Hyde Park Fire Station when she heard something concerning: the station was scheduled to close down in several weeks.

Wild in the Streets - Louann of North Park

In which Louann discovers her house is used every year for prom pictures. Now if she can only defeat the nut grass.

Keep Austin Healthy: What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act

In my 31 years in Austin, I've seen our city evolve and grow. But the face of Austin hasn't changed. We're a city of academics and entrepreneurs, musicians and engineers, students and politicians.

My Favorite City Manager - Remembering Bill Angelo

Being a Libertarian, I am used to being identified as someone who has nothing good to say about government.  However, I have a lot of good things to say about Bill Angelo.

Know the Signs: Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

Summer is upon us and swimming season has arrived. While our pools, lakes and running creeks are the balm that keeps our city from going homicidal during the hot months, we've already seen one fatal drowning at Barton Springs. It's a good time to bone up on what drowning really looks like, which is significantly different from what you've seen in the movies.

Bidness as Usual

With a conflict disclosure system rife with holes, virtually toothless ethics laws often left to the interpretation of the lawmakers they are supposed to regulate, and a Legislature historically unwilling to make itself more transparent, Texans know exceedingly little about who or what influence

Austin Animal Center Dramatically Over Capacity

The Austin Animal Center (AAC) is asking for the community's help to mitigate their current overcrowding.

A Conversation About the Tea Party

Join us for a conversation about the Tea Party in Texas with freshmen state Reps. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth. Event is free with RSVP. RSVP is required to attend.

How'd the Senate Do? A Conversation About the 83rd Legislative Session

The Tribune will host an end-of-session discussion with state Senators Kirk Watson and Dan Patrick. Watson (D-Austin) has represented District 14 since 2007 and serves as the vice chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

How'd the House Do? A Conversation About the 83rd Legislative Session

The Tribune will host an end-of-session discussion with state Representatives Trey Martinez Fischer and Dan Branch.

A Conversation with Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples

Coffee and conversation with Todd Staples, Texas’ agriculture commissioner since 2007. Staples previously served as a state representative for House District 11 from 1997-2000 and as a state senator for Senate District 3 from 2001-2005.

Texas Tribune’s On the Road with A Symposium on Health Care

The Texas Tribune is partnering with The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs for the next installment of Texas Tribune Festival’s “On The Road” series, titled “Health Care.” The daylong symposium will cover major issues in health care policy in Texas and will include dis

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