Redistricting Battles Ahead To Affect Downtown Austin

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, could be a target during redistricting, with census data released Dec. 21 showing Texas stands to gain four House seats.

Hispanic population growth is the driving factor behind the delegation increasing to 36 members. The data shows that Texas’ population grew by 4,293,741 people since 2000, an increase of 20.6 percent, for a total of 25,145,561 residents. The state has consistantly increased in population since 1910, according to the Census Bureau.

With Hispanics making up much of the new population growth in Texas, some of the new congressional district maps will have to be ethnically proportionate to get clearance under the Voting Rights Act, which aims to prevent discrimination. Census estimates show the state was about 37 percent Hispanic in 2009, compared with 32 percent Hispanic in 2000.

Blacks, the second-largest minority population in the state, held steady in 2000 and 2009 counts at about 12 percent.
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A Georgetown Twist On Christmas

Story From: News 8 Austin

Just 30 minutes away from Austin, Downtown Georgetown celebrated Christmas in a completely different way.

From a colorful parade down Main Street to a 15-foot snow hill in “Whoville,” Georgetown residents made the most of the week leading up to the holidays.

Stroll coordinator Jenny Phillips has been working the event for five years. She said this year was a chance for the city to go all out. “We did it way bigger. We usually have about 150 booths. This year 250 booths. We have an ice sculptor that’s performing on Austin Avenue. He’s carving out The Grinch right now, and the parade is the biggest it’s ever been because it’s the 30th year,” Phillips said.
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Near Complete W Hiring 300 In Austin

From: Austin American Statesman

The W Austin Hotel, nearing completion north of City Hall, will start hiring Thursday for 300 jobs. Openings range from food service to security, accounting and front desk positions. The W also is looking for a particular person to be its Insider — someone with “unparalleled local knowledge” who will be the face of the hotel.

The recruiting center, at 117 Lavaca St., will be open Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments will be available starting Monday. Candidates can apply online at www.whotels.jobs/austin or call 512-542-3680 for more information.

The 251-room hotel is part of the W Austin Hotel and Residences, which includes condominiums and new studios for the “Austin City Limits” music show on KLRU-TV.

Mortgage Rates Rise, Applications Fall

Mortgage applications plunged last week to a four-month low after mortgage rates jumped to 4.46% for an average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, up from 4.28% in the previous week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported on Wednesday.

Overall applications were down 14.4%, but the plunge was sharper among refinances, which are much more sensitive to swings in rate. Refinance applications were down 16.5%, to the lowest level since July, while purchase applications were down 5%.

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Towers Of Town Lake

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40 North I-35 Austin TX 78702

  • Type: High Rise
  • Price:
  • Area: Central
  • Square Feet: 1234 – 2651
  • Floor Plans: 6
  • Number of Units: 183
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  • Website: www.towersoftownlake.com

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The Towers of Town Lake Condominiums is Austin’s premier urban community. Our community enjoys not just the stunning views of Town Lake and downtown Austin, but facilities and services second to none. Our facilities include a fitness center, handball/racquetball court, indoor/outdoor pools with spa, traditional game room, and much more. Our community offers extensive facilities and services which makes the Towers of Town Lake the ultimate in city living.

Adjacent to the 17 mile hike and bike trail on Town Lake, we’re only minutes from downtown, the Capitol, and most cultural centers of Austin. You will find that the Towers of Town Lake is also convenient to many shopping centers and recreation facilities. Our residents enjoy a community that provides it all, from the personal service of our concierge, to the attention to detail provided by our professional maintenance staff.

Features & Amenities

  • Handball/Raquetball Court
  • Indoor Swimming Pool & Spa
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Library
  • Piano Room
  • Billiards room
  • Business Center
  • European design kitchen
  • Ceramic tile floors
  • Full size washer/dryer
  • Walk in closets
  • Private balconies
  • Pre wired for cable TV
  • Heat triggered sprinkler system

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The Verdance

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3200 Grandview Street Austin TX 78705

  • Type: Low Rise
  • Price: $475,000 -
  • Area: South Central
  • Square Feet: 1737 – 3295
  • Floor Plans: 1,2 & 3 Bedroom
  • Number of Units: 16
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  • Website: www.verdanceliving.com

Property Description

Verdance offers sustainable, luxury-class condominium residences appealing to a balanced way of life. And best of all, we’re currently offering pre-completion pricing and special incentive financing for a limited time. So stop by and see us or give us a call, we’ll tell you more about our innovative green building features and introduce you to the joy of balanced living in Central Austin.

Features & Amenities

  • Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) interior finish materials release fewer air toxins, helping to improve indoor air quality
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified wood framing materials encourage responsible forestry management, helping to preserve our natural resources
  • Reflective roofing reduces “heat island” effect for the surrounding areas
  • Radiant barrier roof decking cuts heat gains and energy usage
  • Tankless, on-demand water heaters reduce “stand-by” energy loss
  • Dual-flush toilets help reduce water consumption
  • Sand barriers, stainless steel screen barriers, and natural brine solutions are used instead of chemicals for insect resistance
  • Fluorescent, energy-efficient lighting where appropriate puts out less heat and better light than incandescent lamps
  • Indirect natural daylight from high windows conserves energy
  • Building design and orientation reduces heat gain and gathers breezes
  • Spray foam insulation reduces energy costs by limiting unwanted air-infiltration
  • Air-conditioning systems use sealed combustion gas furnaces, in-line dampers and programmable thermostats for maximum efficiency
  • Metal ductwork stays cleaner longer delivering fresher air conditioning
  • Outside venting exhaust fans in all bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms remove unwanted stale, humid air

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