Inside Austin - June 4th, 2019

Inside Austin (Jun 4th, 2019)

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Wednesday expect thunderstorms with a high/low of 85/73. Thursday brings more thunderstorms with a high/low of 92/73.


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1. Governor Greg Abbott signed a law that bans red light cameras in the entire state, effective immediately. Local governments are allowed to finish contracts with camera vendors, but any traffic photos captured after June 1 in Austin will be considered null and void. Austin has utilized red light cameras for 10 years at 10 intersections. During that time, the Austin Police Department reported a reduction in collisions by 41 percent. — CBS

2. Austin City Council members passed an ordinance that outlines rules for scooter operators, accompanied with $20-$40 fines if the rules are broken. The ordinance lists rules such as obeying traffic signs and signals, yielding to pedestrians, wearing a helmet if you’re under 18, texting while scooting, and riding two at-a-time, among many others. The ordinance comes after months of negative public opinion regarding the city’s 16,000 scooters, whether they’re being tossed into lakes, being parked in all the wrong places or sending their operators to the hospital. — STATESMAN

3. By the numbers: Austin Transportation is currently testing a sticker-free parking system for three months in a small area south of downtown. Instead of walking back to your car to place a sticker, the pay station will ask for your license plate number, but will not store any personal information. The testing area includes Jessie Street, Toomey Road and Barton Springs Road, among many others. 

A report from the Downtown Austin Alliance in 2017 showed that downtown Austin has 71,500+ parking spots, but 64% of those are privately owned, which leaves 25,740 parking spots open to the public. Of these spots, 6,405 are on the streets, while others are in garages or lots. The average cost for parking downtown is $2.44 per hour. — KXAN

4. David Carter — a homeless man for 35 years after challenges with schizophrenia and addiction — is getting a second chance at a UT degree after a current student, Ryan Chandler, made it his personal mission to help. Chandler has been working with the university to secure Carter’s transcripts, get him readmitted, and assisted in getting his tuition paid for by an alumni member and even the application fee. Carter completed 87 hours of credit for a studio art degree years ago, and at 67 years old, he just needs one more semester to graduate. — KVUE

Holly's Austin Adventures: Pre-“Hamilton” Dinner at Clark’s Oyster Bar

About seven weeks ago, I waited in a digital line for more than an hour trying to get a ticket to see “Hamilton” at Bass Concert Hall. I am, by no means, a “Hamilton” fanatic, and admittedly, I didn’t know much about the show as I waited in line. I wanted to see what the hype was all about. 

“Hamilton” is performing in Austin through June 16, and Saturday night was finally my turn to see the show. I wanted to make a night of it, so I thought long and hard about where I should eat beforehand. Even after living in Austin for more than three years, there are still so many places I haven’t been. 

I decided on Clark’s Oyster Bar on West 6th. It was already a little busy when I arrived, but I kicked things off with a spritzer called The Trilogy (Campari, Salerno, Amaro Montenegro, lime, champagne), which was very refreshing and summery. 

When I got a seat, I was overwhelmed with the oyster options — they are from all over the country and Canada — so, I asked for help from my waitress. I’ve only really had gulf oysters, so I figured it would be best to hand this decision over to the experts: the oyster shuckers. 

The shucker’s choice option served me well, with oysters from Prince Edward Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Washington. They were creamy and rich, seriously delicious! 

I finished things off with the Wood Grilled Shrimp Toast, which was dressed with pea tendrils, shaved celery and harissa aioli — it was very tasty and I ate every bit of it. 

Then, I headed to campus for the show. As for “Hamilton”, it was great... but I think the shrimp toast was much more life-changing. 

5. Senior Contributor Laura Bloom wonders if Austin is the best city in America, given its affordability, tech scene and culture — yes, Laura, it is the best city in America. — FORBES 

6. Austin FC season ticket membership signups will begin June 12 for the 2021 season, and making a refundable deposit with a membership signup will give priority when its time to get tickets. — KXAN

7. Independence Brewing released “Freak Power” — their blood-orange Hefeweizen named after a slogan in Hunter S. Thompson’s campaign for sheriff — meant to help spread political awareness surrounding state and national issues. — AUSTIN 360

8. Texas Performing Arts has added a second Trevor Noah show at Bass Concert Hall on November 2; tickets go on sale Friday, June 7 at 10 am. — TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS

9. Mark your calendar for a month of events to honor Pride in Austin, including multiple celebrations and parties. — SPECTRUM

10. The Domain is hosting free live music every week this month, including performances from Matt Raines and the Hot Texas Swing Band, among many others. — SIMON

Inside Austin was written and curated by Holly A. Phillips. Holly has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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