Eastside News 

Feb. 20, 2014

Proposed Food Forest At Festival Beach!

Proposed Holly Food Forest

A friend sent me a recent Chronicle article that details an initiative for there to be a roughly 2 acre food forest at Festival Beach!  The food forest would contain edible landscaping, a butterfly garden, and other amenities for the public to enjoy.  I love the idea of this, what a great way for people to become more in touch with their food and their community!  The proposed food forest would be open to the public and operate on a 'take what you will eat today' ethos.  The group that formed to make the food forest happen is hoping for an April dig date, but they are still working with the city and hammering out details.  More info can be found here:

Austin Chronicle Food Forest Article

 

 

 

Feb. 5, 2014

PSW Neighborhood Coming To The Eastside!

 

For those wanting an energy efficient, new, modern home on the eastside in the next year or so...I have news! A new subdivision is expected to be built on EM Franklin near MLK soon.  In between Airport & Springdale, and adjacent to the Morris Williams Golf Course.  

PSW is a builder who focuses on energy efficient urban homes usually in a modern style.  They have recently applied to create a subdivision consisting of 40 single family homes.  Preliminary info is that the homes will be 3 bed/3bath and around 1750 sqft.  They are expecting to have homes ready in 2015.  Let me know if you'd like more info or to be kept up to date! 

Feb. 5, 2014

Map Jam-East Austin Music Fest!

 

Map Jam 2014Map Jam is coming to the eastside!  On Saturday, February 15th there will be bands...bands all day...with venues in biking distance of each other...free & open to everybody!!!  Sounds like a great time and a great event for the eastside!  Starting at Hops & Grain at noon...a craft brewer making some truly distinct and delicious beers right here.  I'll be out and about, hope to see y'all out there!  More info available on the KUTX website:

http://kutx.org/mapjam

 

Posted in East Austin Events
Jan. 17, 2014

A Funny Take On The Last Post...

Austin Sucks-Parody

Allergies!?!?

 

Jan. 9, 2014

Great Data Sheet For Why Everyone Is Moving To Austin

Why Everyone is Moving to Austin

Dec. 21, 2013

Austin Traffic Makes National News

Traffic On I35

 

Austin's traffic problem made national news a couple days ago.  For those that have lived here awhile, it's been a problem that has grown seemingly exponentially.  I've pretty much developed an 'avoid 35 & Mopac if at all possible mentality'...because it's really getting unpredictable as to when these highways will slow to a crawl.  It does seem the state and/or city did not incentivize truckers properly to use the 130 bypass around Austin.  I use 130 regularly, and rarely see many 18 wheelers on there, while 35 continues to be filled with them...I've got to think that a lot of these trucks are not making stops in Austin.

Here's a link to the NPR article:

http://www.npr.org/2013/12/17/248757580/even-an-85-mph-highway-cant-fix-austins-traffic-tangle

One of the stunning statistics provided in the article is that the 45 minute commute to Round Rock from downtown Austin will take 2 1/2 hours in 2035! (According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute).  The transportation planning expert cited in the article explained that his computer models showed the drastic need for people to use more public transit and for work trips to be cut down to 5 or 6 miles rather than 20 or 25.  He explained this requires a huge shift in jobs & population.  Austin needs to be denser around the urban core, so work trips are shorter, and the population can use mass transit more often to get to & from work.  

I can't help but think from reading this article that this will dramatically affect the eastside.  I personally live on the eastside because of the convenience of being so close to downtown, good local restaurants & entertainment, etc.  I've also had many people call me after finding this website hoping to find a home on the eastside, because their commute to work has become ridiculously long now.  There's also a possibility of the state tolling 35 and making 130 free to encourage use of 130.  I have to think that would generate strong growth on the eastside as well, as 130 could become a consistent route used by many more people.  Not to mention the makeover about to happen to 183 (see blog post: http://www.eastaustinishome.com/blog/183-bergstrom-expressway-survey/)

If the viable solution to Austin's gridlock is a denser population close to downtown, the eastside will be affected greatly.  Buying a home in East Austin is a smart move with all of this continued growth.  My hope is that the development is done in a sensible way, with affordable housing taken into account.  No question in my mind though, East Austin will continue to experience strong growth as Austinites desire to be close to downtown trying to avoid the traffic nightmare!    

 

 

 

   

 

Dec. 10, 2013

New Project At 13th & Chicon!

There's word of a new project to help revitalize the area by 12th & Chicon, which has been a notoriously bad intersection and a haven for crime & drug sales for some time.  The City has been working with interested parties to clean up the area, and this project is a good example of how bonds for affordable housing can be used to uplift a troubled area.  The project will have over 30 units available for affordable purchase.  It will also have retail & commercial on the 1st floor.  It's exciting to see the city move forward on their affordable housing initiative in a way that looks like a great win/win for the community!  More info can be found at the civil engineer's website:

http://www.bigreddog.com/portfolio_project/chicon-corridor/

 

Nov. 11, 2013

F1 Austin This Weekend!

F1 Austin

It's that time of the year again, F1 is back!  Expect those big buses to be rolling down MLK and the helicopters to be flying overhead again!  Also, Austin Fan Fest, a free festival located downtown will be going on between 2nd & 5th and Congress & San Antonio St.  Sting & Pitbull will also have their own concerts going on.

MLK will be very busy like it was last year because of the race, and downtown will have it's own traffic issues due to the street closures...so avoiding these streets/areas is recommended if you're not attending the events!   

Here's a link to the Circuit of the America's website for more info:

http://circuitoftheamericas.com/

Here's a link to the artist line up for the downtown festival:

http://austinfanfest.com/index.php/artists

If you're making it out to the race and/or the festivities...have fun & be safe!

 

 

 

Posted in East Austin Events
Nov. 5, 2013

Colony Park Design Initiative

 

Colony Park is going through some big changes!  

The City of Austin has been awarded a $3 million dollar HUD challenge grant for 208 acres of publicly owned land on Loyola Lane between Johnny Morris Road and Decker Lane. The development is in the design phase currently and the design firm & city are seeking public input.  The design is supposed to incorporate strategies for efficient building design, water conservation and zero waste technology and standards to create a model for a sustainable and livable mixed use, mixed income community.  The project is supposed to further the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s six “livability principles:” provide more transportation choices; promote equitable, affordable housing; enhance economic competitiveness; support existing communities; coordinate policies and leverage investment; and value communities and neighborhoods.  

Here's a link to how you can get more involved such as attending a design workshop, as well as sign up for the mailing list to get updates on the progress of this initiative:

http://austintexas.gov/department/get-involved

Also, here's a link to a great source for data on the current Colony Park community:

http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Colony_Park/Community_Profile_Final_Version.pdf

Oct. 22, 2013

Vintage Car Race At Circuit Of Americas This Weekend!

This looks like a cool event at the new F1 track this weekend!  The U.S Vintage Racing National Championship will be there this weekend 10/25-10/27/13.  They will be driving classic Jaguars, BMW's, Corvette's, etc.  Tickets are $25 for a single day and $59 for a 3 day pass, with kids 12 and under getting in free.  Here's a link to the COTA website for more info:

http://circuitoftheamericas.com/vintage

 

 

Posted in East Austin Events