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Chad Swiatecki

Why Austin leaders face a rocky road in raising taxes to pay for the ambitious Project Connect transit plan
(Capital Metro)

The map for the new $9.8 billion Project Connect regional transit plan is certain, but there are still many questions to be answered ahead of a November ballot question where voters will decide the fate of the proposal.

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'The biggest group effort I’ve ever been a part of’: Austin club owners join national lobby for struggling independent venues
(Rob Hein)

Four weeks ago, with live music venues throughout Austin well into the grip of financial hardship from closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen Sternschein didn't see much cause for optimism.

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No bathrooms, no bar, but plenty of sound: Austin musicians missing the stage host live drive-in show
(Dave Creaney)

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Ben Ballinger can't remember the last time he went more than two months without playing music in front of an audience.

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