Austin has been experiencing unprecedented growth more or less since the 1970s, but especially since the 1990s. The population has more than doubled since then, while housing prices and the cost of living continue to rise.
In a city as fit as Austin is, it’s always strange to me that people don’t walk more here. I think part of the reason is that Austin isn’t a very walkable city yet, but part of it is the car culture that perpetuates in Austin and its surroundings.
There’s a trend among Austin restaurants right now that I really wish would end. It confuses customers, it makes for a hurried experience, and it takes away the “luxurious” aspect of dining out. It’s the counter service model.
We are told that the public overwhelmingly supports a universal background check on any gun purchase. Such a law would force everyone selling a gun to run a background check on an individual buying a gun in the United States before exchanging the gun for pay.
In the wake of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary, a vigorous debate is in progress about all things guns. It is a shame that it took at event like this for America to focus on how bad the problem has become.
This past November Austinites replenished our municipal democratic practices by shifting towards geographic districts and moving elections from May to November. However, much work remains to be done to ensure that city government is truly open to the community's diverse perspectives.
Sources say Lance Armstrong came clean to Oprah Winfrey about his doping during an interview with her here in Austin on Monday. No surprise, really. The Oprah or Barbara Walters confessional is by now a modern American public relations ritual.
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