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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. 

Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Austin Org You Should Know: League of Women Voters

Summary In this edition of our “Austin Orgs You Should Know” series, we highlight the League of Women Voters Austin Area, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “Empowering voters. Defending democracy. Action Box If you’re passionate about democracy and voter education, then become a member

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Healthy Streets Sign
1 News Item To Know - AC
Amy Stansbury

Healthy Streets Program Means More Space For Walking & Biking

Summary The new Healthy Streets program closes certain Austin streets to through traffic, making more space for pedestrians. Action Box Bring the Healthy Streets program to your neighborhood by filling out the city’s recommendation form. Just click here. Add this to one of the many

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Bike Month 2020
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

It’s Bike Month. Here’s How To Celebrate.

Summary Even though Bike Month is a bit different this year, there are still lots of ways to celebrate safely. Action Box Ride your bike! Exercise and fresh air are more important now than ever… so get there and go do! Who else is using

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Light Rail
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

It’s Time To Talk Transit Again

Summary Austin’s transportation plan, Project Connect, is moving forward with a series of public (virtual) meetings before a possible November election to approve and fund the plan. Action Box Learn more about the transit plan and give your feedback by attending one of Capital Metro’s

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Keep Austin Together
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Do Something: Help Get Meals To Austinites In Need

About the Org Keep Austin Together is an initiative to provide prepared meals to Travis County residents who have been impacted by COVID-19. Action Box Help distribute meals to Austinites impacted by COVID-19. Click this box to sign up to volunteer. Remember when we told

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100 percent renewable
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

2 ACC Campuses Go 100% Renewable

About the Org Environment Texas is a nonprofit organization that makes the case for our environment and helps regular people make an impact—through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more. Action Box You can learn more about Environment Texas’ 100% renewable campaign and find out

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Booker T Washington
Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Bringing Health Care Home… Even During A Pandemic

Summary The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) has partnered with Dell Medical School to provide holistic health care opportunities to its residents, even during the pandemic. Action Box The team at HACA is trying to share this health care model with other

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Library Bike Coral
Essays
Amy Stansbury

10 Ways To Enjoy The Library (From Home)

Summary Looking for a quarantine activity? The city’s virtual library provides free access to thousands of e-books, movies, and educational resources. Action Box Start learning, reading, and discovering today! Get your free e-library card here. Who else could use a little distraction right now?  

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Earth
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Climate Change & Central Texas: A Meteorologist’s Perspective

This post comes to us from one of our readers, Scott Johnson. Scott is a local community climate advocate who is passionate about sharing fact-based, well-researched information on climate change. Back in March, he collaborated with the Sierra Club to host an event featuring KXAN

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[Re]Verse Pitch Winners
Community News + Partner Posts
Austin Resource Recovery

[Re]Verse Pitch Winners Announced

Summary In this guest post, Austin Resource Recovery reveals the winners of the [Re]Verse Pitch Competition, which challenges Austinites to turn “waste” materials into the foundations of new business enterprises. About The Author This post was written by Austin Resource Recovery, our city’s trash, recycling,

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Travis County
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

How Gentrification Could Make A Public Health Crisis Even Worse

As millions more Americans are starting to figure out, navigating the process of applying for government benefits or accessing nonprofit services can be extremely difficult… especially in times of crisis.    That’s what 2-1-1 is for.    Since 1996, the United Way’s 2-1-1 call center

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