China generally stifles foreign views in the press, but, to his surprise, David Firestein’s fluent Mandarin and friendships in the media led him to become the country’s first foreign citizen to write a column in a state-run newspaper.
In an age of smartphones and televisions, spending time outdoors often takes a low priority. The Zilker Botanical Gardens gives residents the opportunity to connect with the outdoors at the Woodland Faerie Trail, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.
After more than two decades of planning, what was once a freed slave settlement called Masontown, then a rail yard and home to part of the Tejano music trail, will soon try to find a new purpose in East Austin as the Plaza Saltillo development.
Austin’s rapid development is a lot like a rainstorm over dry, cracked earth: It inevitably permeates every open crevice. But as city officials rewrite Austin’s land development code, some see a bright side to the city’s future growth: a chance to expand Austin’s creative sector.