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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:

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Central Texas Pig Rescue
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Eco Art at the East Austin Studio Tour

If you’ve never been to the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) before, block out your schedule because it’s back on November 16th – 17th and November 23rd – 24th. What’s EAST? It’s a free, annual, self-guided event showcasing hundreds of artists in Austin. All you have to do to participate is download the

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American Environmental History and Waterways
Nature In The City
Amy Stansbury

#9 – American Environmental History and Waterways

Nature In The City Podcast, Season Two, Episode 9: American Environmental History and Waterways   Each year, we follow along with Dr. Kevin Anderson, a geographer and philosopher managing the Environmental Research Center for the City of Austin, as he shares his knowledge about the

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Streams and Mountains
Nature In The City
Amy Stansbury

#8 – Poetry of Flowing Water

Nature In The City Podcast, Season Two, Episode 8: Poetry of Flowing Water   Each year, we follow along with Dr. Kevin Anderson, a geographer and philosopher managing the Environmental Research Center for the City of Austin, as he shares his knowledge about the world

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Planning Our Communities Event
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Creating An Equitable Future For Austin

“We are pro-people, not pro-development. We are anti-displacement, not anti-development.”   This is the slogan of Planning Our Communities (POC), a new organization focused on bringing more nuance into conversations around Austin’s land development code, as well as creating space for communities of color and

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MetroRapid Bus
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Here’s How To Give Input On New Bus Lines In Austin

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the future of transportation in Austin. In particular, the possibility of a 2020 election that could allow Austin voters to decide whether or not we want a high capacity transit system. But it’s not all just about the

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Kaboom
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

How To Build A Playground In Just 6 Hours.

Want to help build a brand-new playground in Austin? Want to do it in just six hours?   That’s what’s possible with KaBOOM!   KaBOOM is national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids, especially those living in poverty, great, safe places to play. On November 6th, they’re building

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Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Community Powered Workshop Brings Powerful Voices To Community Design

Sponsored Post – from the Community Powered Workshop    At Community Powered Workshop (formerly Austin Community Design and Development Center) we know what happens when historically underserved communities are shut out from the decision-making process: the outcomes do not serve the needs and challenges of

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Climate Strike
Austinites You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Net-Zero Heroes: Matthew Kim and Emma Galbraith

Sponsored Post – from the City of Austin Office of Sustainability   Meet Matthew Kim and Emma Galbraith, our newest Net-Zero Heroes. Matthew and Emma are Austin-area high school students who recently helped lead the youth climate change demonstrations on September 20th at the Texas State Capitol. As part

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Fall Gardens
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Planning Your Fall Garden

Sponsored Post – from the City of Austin Office of Sustainability    You may think that gardening for the year is over once you’ve harvested the last summer crop, but think again. During the fall, gardeners in Central Texas will (hopefully) begin to see cooler

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