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Texas' high tech sector buzzes along amid industry downturn

May 22, 2024
High tech represents nearly 5% of state GDP and more than 9% of employment. What makes the state's sector so resilient?
Charging stations at Tesla's corporate headquarters in Austin. High tech jobs have flourished around Austin, thanks to investments from companies like Tesla.
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How landlords and tenants are reacting to a changing rental market

Apr 9, 2024
The market is seeing a return of concessions and incentives for renters as demand cools in many parts of the nation.
Nationally, about 1 in 3 rental listings on Zillow offer concessions, like a month of free rent or parking.
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Why is it hard to create enough affordable housing?

Oct 5, 2021
The story of Austin's attempt to build one home for a low-income family in a wealthy neighborhood sheds light on the answer.
A judge forced the city of Austin to stop construction on a lot it owns at 3000 Funston St. more than a year ago.
Audrey K. McGlinchy

As Austin bars open again, owners try to balance revenue and safety

May 29, 2020
Texas saloons and bars have lost at least $600 million since the pandemic forced them to shut down.
People listen to live music at the reopened Blind Pig Pub in Austin, Texas, on May 22.
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SXSW films to stream on Amazon without a paywall

Apr 27, 2020
For some filmmakers, the exposure could be a boon. But there may be financial downsides.
The SXSW film festival marquee in 2016. This year, the festival goes virtual.
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A month after SXSW cancellation, Austin businesses still assessing damage

Apr 22, 2020
One hostel owner is trying to stay positive, but he knows he's in for continued tough times.
Austinites who depend on the annual festival are hurting.
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When it comes to companies expanding, it's apples to oranges

Dec 13, 2018
Apple announced Thursday that it’s planning to build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, less than a mile from its existing campus. The company says it will also build new sites in three West Coast cities. The company says it’s on track to add 20,000 jobs in the next five years. We couldn’t […]
A sign for an Apple Inc. campus on West Palmer Lane is seen on Dec. 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas.
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Apple to spend $1 billion on Austin campus

Dec 13, 2018
The new campus will be on a 133-acre plot located within 1 mile of the current facility.
A sign for an Apple Inc. campus on Riata Vista Circle is seen on Dec. 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Apple announced it will be spending $1 billion on a new campus in North Austin that will initially employ 5,000 and potentially increase to 15,000 workers.
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A long quest in Texas for a better voting machine

Oct 24, 2018
Want confidence in an election? Stick to paper.
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Lyft and Uber say they’re leaving Austin

May 9, 2016
The ride-hailing companies lose on an expensive campaign to stop a safety measure. It's a fight they'll have to take up in other cities as well.
The Lyft mustache is used to identify the ride-hailing app's drivers. The company, along with rival Uber, said it is leaving Austin after failing to overturn the city's safety measure. 
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