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Welcome to The Austin Common news feed. This is where you’ll find all the latest, up-to-date info about what’s happening around town. Explore by topic, type, or just scroll through it all by looking at the “latest posts” section at the bottom of the page. 

Our news philosophy is simple. With all of our coverage, we try and do the following:

  • Keep it local

  • Keep it brief

  • Actually explain the news

  • Give you clear steps for action

  • Keep it positive

  • Keep it nonpartisan

You can learn about how we actually do this by clicking on each of our story types below. 

 

As a community-based news source, we’re here to serve you. That’s why we promise:

  • To follow journalistic principles of accuracy, fact-checking, multiple sources, and dedication to the truth

  • To immediately fix mistakes if they’re made and to be honest about how they happened

  • To approach our news coverage from a place of respect, civility, and kindness for our fellow Austinities

  • To honor the value of lived experiences (especially within marginalized communities) as well as expert testimony/ opinion 

  • To allow for open, two-way communication between our staff and readers, ensuring that our content is relevant and useful to you

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Can’t quite decide which type of news post you want to read? You can scroll through all of our latest posts below. 

Early Vote - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

It’s Time To (Early) Vote Austin!

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions & eight statewide propositions on the ballot. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and lasts through October 29th. Election Day is on November 2nd. Early voting has

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Prop B - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What’s On Your Ballot: Prop B

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions on the ballot. Prop B is about a land swap that has the potential to bring more parkland to Austin. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and

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Prop A - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What’s On Your Ballot: Prop A

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions on the ballot. Prop A is about police budgets & staffing. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and lasts through October 29th. Election Day is on November

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net zero business
Community News + Partner Posts
EcoBrandi

What your business can do to start taking climate action

About The Author This sponsored post was written by Brandi Clark Burton, founder of The Austin Common, as well as a communicator & advisor amplifying the people, projects & policies that can reverse global warming and advance restoration, resilience & equity Action Box Attend Intro

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FBFF - 1
Austin Orgs You Should Know
The Austin Common

Helping To Create Equitable Food Access In East Austin

About the Festival Beach Food Forest This post is sponsored by our community partner, the Festival Beach Food Forest, a grassroots pilot project that has transformed 2/3rds of an acre of city parkland into an edible forest garden where visitors can openly forage and enjoy

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Affordable Housing - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

How Much Affordable Housing Does Austin Really Have?

Summary A new report shows that Austin is falling really short of meeting its affordable housing goals. Action Box You can learn more about HousingWorks Austin and their affordable housing advocacy work at HousingWorksAustin.org. There’s been a lot of talk lately about housing affordability in

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Homelessness - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

The Latest On Austin’s Homelessness Policies

Summary Austin’s homelessness policies and programs have changed a lot over the past year. With our latest post, we provide an update on everything from Prop B enforcement to the city’s new HEAL Initiative. Action Box The Other Ones Foundation is raising money to build

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Highway - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

What The Heck Is Happening With I-35?

Summary TxDOT has released several proposals for major changes to I-35, which include lowering the highway & expanding it to 20 lanes in some sections. Action Box Share your feedback on the future of I-35 with TxDOT at CapExCentral.Mobility35openHouse.com Been reading a bunch of headlines

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IPCC Report
Community News + Partner Posts
PublicCitizen

The IPCC Report: How Texas Cities Stack Up On Climate

About The Author This sponsored post was written Michael Coleman of Public Citizen Texas, a nonprofit advocacy organization that fights for clean energy, energy efficiency, and clean government. Action Box Stay informed on Public Citizen’s climate activism by following Public Citizen Texas on Facebook. This

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EV Myths - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

It’s Time To Do Some Electric Vehicle Myth-Busting!

About Austin Energy This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Energy. Austin Energy is our local publicly-owned electric utility. Action Box Learn more about electric vehicles with Austin Energy’s EV Buyer’s Guide (EV.AustinEnergy.com). This post is sponsored by Austin Energy. All Austin Common

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State of the City - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

How Is Austin Doing In 2021?

Summary Each year, Mayor Steve Adler delivers a State The City Address. This year he talked about everything from policing to homelessness. Action Box You can watch the entire speech for yourself on ATXN. Just click here. On Monday evening, Mayor Steve Adler gave his

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