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Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock Philip Jankowski - American Statesman Staff After a months-long battle between neighborhood groups and urbanists, the Austin City Council struck a compromise in November 2015. Garage apartments would be allowed in a certain type of zoning that...
Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft say they will return to Austin Monday. Drivers who have worked for Lyft in the past were notified of the company’s return in a text message sent Thursday morning, while an Uber spokesman confirmed his company’s return in an email to the...
(Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock) Taylor Goldstein American-Statesman Staff Austin has long been the poster child for explosive growth, but new Census Bureau data released Thursday signals that the city’s growth rate is starting to mellow out as its surrounding suburbs boom...
AUSTIN - Capital Metro is getting in on the ride-hailing game with its Pickup app. The free app allows people living in its coverage area to arrange on-demand transit service. The pilot program will start June 6 and be available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6...
(Image: Arcaid/UIG - Getty Images) Texas brewers were dealt a blow this afternoon when House Bill 3287 , which seeks to limit breweries that grow beyond a certain size or become owned by a larger beer company, passed the Texas Senate by a 19-10 vote. The bill will now head to...
Photo Courtesy: Shutterstock Julie Chang - American Statesman Staff The Texas Senate approved 21-10 a bill early Monday morning that would inject about $530 million into the public education system while creating a so-called school choice system that would redirect state money...
(Photo Courtesy: Shutterstock) Taylor Goldenstein - American-Statesman Staff Out of an airy Lyft office in East Austin marked by a bright pink tent, a steady stream of new and returning drivers filed in Thursday to sign up, following new Texas legislation passed Wednesday that...
(Photo courtesy: Shutterstock) Ben Wear & Katie Hall American-Statesman Staff The CEO of Austin’s nonprofit ride-hailing app, RideAustin, said that if the company gives fewer than 20,000 rides a week, on average, it will very likely have to shut down. The company currently...
The Texas House gave initial approval Tuesday night to a bill that would allow foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender households over religious objections. Supporters, most of them Republicans, said House Bill...