oh, Austin

The difference between xeriscape and zeroscape.

I hadn’t heard of this until I moved to Texas. Keeping plants (and grass) alive down here can be hard, so often landscaping is designed to require no water. When I finally saw the word ‘xeriscape’ written out, I thought […]

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Ten things Paul Millerd likes about Austin.

“Many people claim to have moved here because of the lack of state taxes. I think people are lying. If that was the case they would have moved to Dallas. This may be a bold claim but I think there […]

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What’s up with Austin?

I found myself agreeing with many points from this post. The quick summary: “Austin is a mediocre city, but a great place to live. … Just about everything is a 7/10. The food, the weather, the music, the sports, the […]

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The blue trees at Pease park.

There were enough trees painted blue at this city park that I had to look up why. “Presented by Pease Park Conservancy & H-E-B, The Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos can now be found in Pease Park. This environmental art […]

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Property tax sticker shock.

Here’s something I can relate to. “If you’ve recently received your property appraisal and your response is, “Holy @$%—this is nuts!” you’re not alone in your expletive-filled reaction.” | learn more

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I just learned about the Texas school recapture program.

“The decades-old system, known commonly as Robin Hood, is meant to balance resources among less property-wealthy school districts, with the goal of leveling out the per-student spending across all districts statewide.” Of note Austin’s school district is paying $710 million […]

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Austin politics newsletter.

I’ve been enjoying the Austin Politics Newsletter by Jack Craver. I met him around the neighborhood and right away could tell he grasped the many nuances of local politics. Over the past week he’s done a great job covering the […]