Category Archives: quality of life

Comida de verano para niños / Summer meals for kids 2016

Several schools, parks, and other sites in our area offer free, healthy meals during the summer to anyone 18 and under through a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. For more information, call 211 or text FOODTX to 877-877. Varias … Continue reading

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Austin Code Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) pilot phase II

May 4 update from Austin Code Department: “The Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) pilot program is temporarily on hold pending an internal evaluation.” Despite intense, unaddressed concern from stakeholders and elected official over Phase I of the NET pilot, Austin Code … Continue reading

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Code amnesty for older structures

January 2016 update: Parts of the current ordinance run out in June 2016. The Board of Adjustment is discussing that the end date be extended, or removed entirely, and that the fee be waived. Read the proposed changes, and the Board’s … Continue reading

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Austin Code Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) pilot

Oct 28 update: The Building and Standards Commission has asked Austin Code Department to report on the NET pilot at their December 8 meeting. The North Lamar/Georgian Acres Neighborhood Plan Contact Team passed the following resolution at its meeting Sunday … Continue reading

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Energy Usage Index for multifamily properties

As part of Energy Conservation and Audit Disclosure (ECAD), Austin Energy calculates an “energy usage index” (EUI) for multifamily properties, the average amount of electricity per square foot that the property uses each year. This gives potential residents a tool … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Food Systems Planning

The city has a grant to develop a process for neighborhood-level food systems planning, with the goal to build more sustainability. “Food system” includes how food is produced, distributed and sold, and consumed. They’re piloting their work in north central … Continue reading

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Envision North Lamar Blvd with zero traffic deaths

More than 80 people have died in traffic in Austin just this year, including two on North Lamar. The city’s transportation department has identified the North Lamar/Rundberg intersection as the second most dangerous in the city for deaths and serious … Continue reading

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