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September 2016

Found 19 blog entries for September 2016.

An idea that could have you soaring above Austin traffic is now a bit closer to taking off.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority approved $5,250 Wednesday to study a gondola cable car system in Austin. The money is CTRMA’s share of the study’s $15,750 price tag, with the rest coming from the city of Austin and Capital Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The system would be called the Wire, with the concept to start on a route that would have 19 stops and go from Slaughter Lane to downtown and the UT campus by traveling over South First Street. That section would be called Wire One.

“I’m often asked, ‘Is this a solution to traffic?’ and the answer is: No, this is one of the solutions to traffic,” said Jared Ficklin, who works at

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Austin is always getting a lot of national, and even global, recognition every year in many, many, categories, so I pulled a few. It’s always interesting reading! 

There’s way too many rankings to list but here is just a few of the accolades from the last 12 months.  

A few from 2016:

  • #2 Best City in the World to live and work                             (Fast Company)
  • Best place for young families                                                 (Value Penguin)
  • #2 Best place for seniors - large cities                                   (Senior Advice)
  • #2 Most millennial friendly city for College Grads                  (Huffington Post)
  • Top 10 most educated cities                                                 (Wallet Hub)
  • #6
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Looking for Something to do in Austin in October?

Here is a good list for you to use as a guide for activities over the next month!

ACL Music Festival
September 30 through October 2
Zilker Park

Octonauts Live
October 5
Austin City Limits Live

Cheech & Chong
October 6
Cedar Park Center

Gruene Music & Wine Fest
October 6 through 9
Gruene Hall

ACL Music Festival
October 7 through 9
Zilker Park

Bangers Oktoberfest
October 13 through 15
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

Austin Film Festival
October 13 through 20
Paramount Theatre

October 16
Austin City Limits Live

Toby Keith

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If you are looking to spice up your morning run, Thrillist is out with a list of the top places that will make you grab those running shoes and hit the trail.

Slaughter Creek Trail

South Austin

5 miles

The five mile trail takes you through southwest Austin with wildlife scenery and flowers enjoying the recent rain.

Lake Austin Boulevard

Central/West Austin

7.8 miles

If you’re looking for a run with a promising finish line there’s Lake Austin Boulevard. End your morning jog with some breakfast at Magnolia Cafe, JuiceLand or Hula Hut.

Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Cedar Park

7 miles

Nature lovers head over to Brushy Creek Regional Trail. The seven mile path takes your through several parks and trails in Cedar Park.

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Amber Freda, a landscape designer in New York, recently shared with The New York Times a checklist that can make it easier for your clients to decorate their home's outdoor space. Some of her tips include:

1. Choose the right furniture. Don't leave a blank slate. “Furniture is probably the most important thing, so you can start using the outdoor space even before you get the plantings figured out,” Freda told The New York Times. Create a space for lounging, for example, with just simple chairs and small drink tables.

2. Get some planters. Use planters arranged around the perimeter. “Machine-made terra cottas are prone to cracking in the winter,” Freda says. “Handmade terra cotta is better, and the thicker it is, the longer lasting it will be. Fiberglass

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... that’s UT Austin.

UT Austin scored as the best university in Texas and #50 in a global ranking.

Houston's Rice University came in at #87 on the global ranking, with Texas A&M University at #169. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena was the highest-ranked U.S. college, at #2 worldwide.

The University of Oxford in the U.K. was ranked No. 1 in the world. The school was noted for its 120 Olympic medallists, 26 Nobel Prize winners and seven poets laureate.

Check out the ABJ for the full story ...

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The moving process can make your clients more vulnerable to identity theft and other forms of fraud, since often personal financial information isn't adequately protected. As if moving wasn't stressful enough on its own, it can take nearly six months for a person to recover from identity theft during a move.

People can do a few things to protect themselves from identity theft during a move, says writer Adam Levine, author of “Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves."
He says to focus on the 3 M’s: 1. Minimize your exposure 2. Monitor your accounts 3. Manage the damage.

Here are some of Levine’s other tips:
• Don’t share too much: Before, during, and after a move, avoid sharing too much information with

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Just days after facilitating the high-profile Seaholm power plant transaction, CBRE Group Inc. has been retained for another notable transaction — marketing a downtown city block that had originally been envisioned as a new Travis County courthouse.

After voters last November rejected a $292 million bond measure to fund new construction, county officials apparently decided to sell the highly coveted location — currently a surface parking lot at 308 Guadalupe St.

The 77,215-square-foot site is one of the few remaining vacant parcels in downtown Austin that’s available for significant development. A key element: The Capitol View Corridor will not hinder this site, which could allow for a 25:1 floor area ratio — a high density. The Capitol View

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Multigenerational living is on the rise, due to grandparents moving in or millennials returning home. A record 57 million Americans – or 18.8 percent of the population – lived in a multigenerational family household in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center.

The homebuilding industry is paying close attention to this trend. They're changing design options to better accommodate multiple generations living under one roof.

The Huffington Post recently spotlighted several key elements multifamily developers and homebuilders are keeping in mind when it comes to the demands of multiple generations in one home:

Open access: Ensure access for every generation, from those who require a wheelchair or walker (by adding extra space through doors and hallways) to

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According to new census information, Austin median household income rose slightly to $67,195 per year in 2015, up from $63,603 in 2014 and $61,750 seen in 2013.

The Austin poverty rate dropped to approximately 11.7 percent of the population, down dramatically from the 15.1% recorded in 2014.

For more information ...

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