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City Hall Reporter

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Audrey McGlinchy is the City Hall reporter at KUT, covering the Austin City Council and the policies they discuss. She comes to Texas from Brooklyn, where she tried her hand at publishing, public relations and nannying. Audrey holds English and journalism degrees from Wesleyan University and the City University of New York. She got her start in journalism as an intern at KUT Radio during a summer break from graduate school. While completing her master's degree in New York City, she interned at the New York Times Magazine and Guernica Magazine.

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Yorkie Louie dances at a club on Sixth Street.
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At a club on Sixth Street just before midnight on a Saturday, there is anarchy: A woman dressed as a mermaid climbs onstage in front of the DJ booth, holding a large inflatable ice cream cone. Someone licks it. A man on the dance floor is dressed as Santa Claus; a woman wears furry, white bell bottoms.

The City of Austin held an information session for residents to learn and ask questions about the proposed land development code in October.
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The Austin City Council is one vote away from finalizing a new land development code, as members took the second of three votes Thursday night. The final vote is expected in roughly two months.

Jose Perez with their children, Marina and Jose Marcelo, in their apartment in North Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Jose Pérez and his family were afraid of their stove.

It caught on fire when they tried to cook, so the family bought prepared food. They had other problems in their apartment, too: The air conditioning went out for a week one August, there was no hot water for a month, and mold grew in the walls. But the stove is what made Mariana Pérez scream one day, when she saw her husband get electrocuted by some faulty wiring.

A neighborhood in North Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin on Wednesday revealed some models of what could be built under the proposed new land development code, the rules that dictate what can be built in the city and where.

Someone points to a section of a map showing proposed zoning in a draft of Austin's new land development code.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Austin City Council released the second draft of its land development code Friday. It's the latest step in the city's more than half-decade-long attempt to update the rules that determine what can be built in the city and where.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Here’s a statement that will shock very few in Austin: The city is becoming increasingly harder for renters to afford.

That’s according to an annual report released Thursday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Lights on top of a police cruiser
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While the black population in Austin hovers around 8%, black people made up roughly 15% of people pulled over by police and 25% of people then arrested in 2018 – a disparity that has worsened since 2015.

Marijuana and a lighter on a kitchen counter.
Julia Reihs / KUT

As law enforcement agencies in Texas figure out how to test suspected marijuana following the legalization of hemp in the state, the Austin City Council responded Thursday with its fix: a measure that effectively decriminalizes small amounts of pot.

An illustration of John Contreras outside his home on Rainey Street.
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The house at 71 Rainey St. leans.

It bows to the left, toward Javelina, the bar next door where you can order a Psycho Chicken, a mezcal drink with honey and habanero. The house crouches beneath an awning of trees and a 30-story condo building across the street where luxury is “uncompromising.”

The owner of 71 Rainey was also “uncompromising” – until last year when being the last man on Rainey became too much.

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Activists and a City Council member say they’ve heard claims of possible obstruction in the investigation into alleged racism and homophobia among the highest ranks of the Austin Police Department.

Construction in downtown Austin last year.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin and its suburbs should expect a strong year of new home sales – barring a recession, maybe even the biggest year yet.

Austin police officers huddle during a briefing before the start of the ACL festival in 2019.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin police officers will start attending more mandatory classes on mental health this month after audits found problems with how officers react to people experiencing mental health crises.

A memorial on a light pole at the intersection of Seventh Street and Springdale Avenue in East Austin.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Billy Brewster loved lawnmowers. Autistic and nonverbal, the 15-year-old would sometimes just admire them from afar.

“Billy sometimes wouldn’t even want to use the lawnmower," his mother, Mia Brown, said. “He just wanted to stand there and look at it.”

UT Austin student Malik Julien in his kitchen at Town Lake Apartments.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Malik Julien has a bedroom and bathroom all to himself. But that’s not what sold him on his apartment in the East Riverside neighborhood.

Stickers that say "CodeNEXT wrecks Austin."
Julia Reihs / KUT

A group of homeowners is suing the City of Austin, asking it to recognize what they say is their right to challenge the rezoning of their land under the city's proposed new land code.

A map of the proposed land development code.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Austin City Council took an initial vote Wednesday to finalize a new version of the city’s land development code, the rules determining what can be built across the city and where.

Residents fill Austin City Hall.
Julia Reihs / KUT

More than 100 people sat in Austin City Hall chambers just past 10 a.m. on Saturday, gearing up to share their thoughts about the city’s rewrite of its land development code. Council Member Alison Alter, who represents part of Northwest Austin, took a photo from her seat on the dais and posted it to Twitter, writing: “This is what democracy looks like.”

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The City of Austin will conduct a department-wide investigation of discrimination in the Austin Police Department, following accusations of racism and homophobia among the highest ranks.

Richard Overton's house in East Austin
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The home of Richard Overton, who was believed to be America's oldest World War II veteran before he died last year, will now be harder to alter or tear down after Austin City Council members deemed it historic Thursday.

Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Friday the city has hired a Texas attorney to investigate allegations of racism made against a former higher-up at the Austin Police Department.

Construction on Guadalupe Street in UT Austin's West Campus.
Julia Reihs / KUT

The University of Texas is rising – or rather, buildings on West Campus are now allowed to go higher.

The Austin City Council voted Thursday to increase height limits on buildings and to eliminate the number of parking spots developers are required to create.

A diaper-changing station in a men's restroom.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Austin City Council members are requiring any new restaurants, theaters, stores and similar establishments to ensure they provide enough diaper-changing stations.

A neighborhood in West Austin
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin’s new land use code, which determines what can be built in the city and where, is one step closer to being finalized – but first, one city body is asking that the plan encourage development farther west instead of in gentrifying areas.

Austin City Council Member Delia Garza
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza announced Tuesday she will not seek reelection next fall, leaving the Southeast Austin seat open and setting the stage for a possible run for Travis County attorney.

A map with zoning information
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin has spent almost eight years and roughly $11 million rewriting its land use code; that’s the set of rules dictating what you can build in the city and where you can build it.

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The City of Austin hired a third-party investigator to look into allegations of racism against former Austin Police Assistant Chief Justin Newsom, who abruptly retired from the department last week after 23 years with APD.

The intersection of 12th and Chicon streets.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Families affected by gentrification in certain Austin neighborhoods can now get a point in their favor when applying for low-income housing through a new city program.

An interview room for sexual assault survivors
Julia Reihs / KUT

Three gray lounge chairs surround a small table. There is a weighted blanket in a basket by the window, another blanket draped across one of the chairs. Most of the furniture is from home decor retailer West Elm.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

City of Austin lawyers are refuting the claims of an Austin nonprofit that has been campaigning for property owners to protest the possible rezoning of their land under the city’s code rewrite.