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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. 

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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Solar 101 - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Thinking About Going Solar? Learn More With Solar 101

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 if solar is right for you by taking the free Solar 101 course from Austin Energy. This post is sponsored by

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Compost - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

How To Curbside Compost In Austin

About Austin Resource Recovery This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Resource Recovery, the city department whose mission is to achieve zero waste by providing excellent customer services that promote waste reduction, increase resource recovery, and support the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.

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Sunflower
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

How Whisper Valley Built A Green Community In Austin

About Whisper Valley This post is sponsored by Whisper Valley, an eco-friendly community located in East Austin. Action Box Interested in learning more about Whisper Valley? Visit their website to schedule a tour! This post is sponsored by the Whisper Valley. All Austin Common sponsors are

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