As the country gears up for the 2020 presidential election, we wanted to know where you stood—especially after Kanye West announced he would be running for president this year. The results show many of our readers are voting for Joe Biden.
At 78%, Biden takes 118 of the 152 votes from readers. Readers who commented cited experience, leadership and qualifications.
"We need a president with a brain, with a sense of history, with compassion, and with a sense of justice. We need someone who understands how government runs, who is brave enough to rebuild bridges broken by the incumbent. We are desperate to help educate those citizens who survive off of a simplistic memes," one reader said.
Some stated they were only voting for Biden because he was the Democratic candidate, and vice versa for some of the 15% who voted for the reelection of President Donald Trump. Some readers who chose Trump said they wanted a Republican to stay in office.
Supporters of Trump stated he was the best candidate due to his policies and what he has done for the economy.
"Despite his blunt manner, President Trump is by far better for the country than Joe Biden would be. Trump has had to endure years of almost traitorism by never-Trumpers (Democrats, much of the media, even some fellow Republicans. Despite this, he's been able to carry out most of his campaign promises). If the Democrats win, our republic will be in trouble," one reader said.
Five readers voted for "none of the above." One wrote, "They all seem like terrible options."
Of the three who voted "not sure," one person wrote, "Waiting for a shoe to drop for any of the underwhelming candidates, and thus hoping for a late new entrant to race."
And of the last three who voted for artist Kanye West, none commented on why they support the candidate.
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The original Z’Tejas location on West 6th Street is closing its doors after more than 30 years on the lot to make way for new development.
Z'Tejas owner Randy Cohen told Austonia the restaurant will be open at least through the end of 2022, possibly through March 2023.
Cohen said the owners—Larry McGuire of McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality—of the land have something new planned, though he’s not exactly sure what. Additionally, Cohen said maintenance costs for the old building were becoming prohibitively expensive.
“I think the people who own the dirt will tear it all down and build condos or some other development,” Cohen said. “I mean, it's a 60-year-old building, Z'Tejas has been here for 33 years and before that, it was something else. So it's just progress, that's all."
The restaurant isn’t going away though—Cohen said Z’Tejas is already looking for a new spot in the downtown area to move into. Z’Tejas also has a location in Avery Ranch, another in the works for Kyle and two in Arizona.
“We have all our ducks in a row right now and the management team is all rowing in the right direction,” Cohen said. “We're just excited, we're excited to build this iconic brand back.”
Once he finds a new place, Cohen plans to bring along its mural, “The Last Zupper,” which features Willie Nelson, Matthew McConaughey and Barbara Jordan. Cohen also plans for the adjoining ghost kitchen, Woo Woo Burgers, to follow to the new downtown location.
“We're still booking events through the end of December,” Cohen said. “Come ‘Z' me at Z’Tejas, we'd love to see you before we’re gone.”
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Two towers could be coming just south of the Austin American-Statesman’s former headquarters in the South Central Waterfront district.
According to city filings, the proposed planned unit development agreement is set for 200 East Riverside Drive, an area Project Connect’s Blue Line is slated to pass by someday.
Carrying this out involves removing the existing building, which is a state office complex and surface parking.
The new towers in place would reach just over 400 feet at their maximum and include office space and space for retail on the ground level. The mix of office and retail is a trend that’s been cropping up in downtown sites like the Perennial and the Meta tower.
The proposal on a plot of about four acres aims to incorporate green infrastructure and create a lively environment for pedestrians. It’d also be adjacent to the 118-acres of the South Central Waterfront Initiative, which is aimed at enhancing connections to and along the waterfront over the next couple of decades.
The filing lists architects STG Design, a group involved with work on the sailboat-like Google tower.
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