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Early this year, Austonia acquired the long-dormant @austinist Twitter feed from New York Public Radio (@WNYC).
With leadership from prominent Austin journalist Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg), we brought Austinist back to life, trying to keep to the spirit of the original—tech, entertainment, culture, news and a wry approach.
Nothing's changing in that respect.
We like the Austinist name and would be happy to continue with it, but it's owned by New York Public Media, who graciously allowed us to use the name for a transition period that has now expired. There were once eight "-ist" local city sites, and NYPR owns the original, Gothamist.
So, today we're changing @austinist to @austoniatweets. Same approach, different name.
@austoniatweets will continue to be about life in Austin, stuff to do, and weird and funny things we find online that locals should check out. The @austonianews account will focus on breaking news and headlines from the website.
Help us keep the spirit of the account alive as it continues to bring you fun, lively updates every day about life in this crazy town.
Many thanks to @omarg for his revival and stewardship of the feed. He's funny and smart and knows Twitter as well as anyone. He's a busy journalist, and agreed to help us get this project off the ground. After seeing us through the transition, he'll pass the torch and curation to Austonia's Claire Partain (@partain_claire).
We'll see you on Twitter!
On the last meeting before its six-week summer break, Austin City Council voted to direct $106.7 million of federal pandemic relief funds to the homelessness crisis.
Council directed how to spend $263.5 million in federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act on Thursday with the most going to homelessness services over a two-year period.
The highest priority for the city and the council is and has been homelessness. We don't want people living in tent… https://t.co/e3KY4cWHk0— Mayor Adler | Get vaccinated! (@Mayor Adler | Get vaccinated!)1623370631.0
On Sunday, Austin police officers could start issuing citations to those camping in restricted areas as phase two of the reimplementation of the ban takes effect.
Before council went on break, it didn't come to a solution about sanctioned homeless camps, so as camps start to clear out, there is still no clear place for Austin's homeless to go.
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