Mural art vs. graffiti crime (by B.Benner 1-29-08)
9-9-06 -- Wild Car Wreck
As Reported by Lisa Hoffman: Around 4am on Saturday,9/9/06, our neighborhood was awakened by
a lot of noise resulting from a drunk driver who ended up on the roof of my
neighbor's house. He actually managed to take out the fence across the
street, hit the house, and wreck the parked car now on its side under the
carport before catching on fire and landing on the roof. They had to bring
in a big crane to get the car off the roof. The house in the picture is the one
on the southwest corner of 51st and Avenue G. The driver hurt his ankle but
that could have been when he jumped off the roof.
5-30-06 -- 5117 N. Lamar demolished
The old "Happy Hunting" / nursing home at 5117 N. Lamar is being
demolished. Long a hangout for vagrants and graffiti artists,
this blight in our neighborhood is finally going away. The
current owner has indicated his plans are to build a mixed-use
structure later this year, but has not made firm plans yet.
5-20-06 -- New Nelray Construction
After the destruction of 106 and 107 Nelray, Lee Properties quickly
built these rather large, new buildings. The plans for these
buildings were submitted before the city moratorium on massive home
construction, so they are not affected by the so-called McMansion
3-6-06 -- Interesting new developments
There may be a new mixed-use development on the Eastern edge of our
neighborhood on Middle Fiskville Road. An aerial photo of the
area can be viewed here, and a PDF document describing the project can be downloaded by clicking here.
2-24-06 -- 107 Nelray is Destroyed
Properties moved very quickly to destroy 107 Nelray and begin
construction of a new structure before the city's moratorium on
so-called "McMansions" takes effect. 106 Nelray across the street will be destroyed soon.
2-20-06 -- Freescale Marathon Visits Northfield
On Sunday, February 19, runners in the Freescale Marathon braved sub-freezing
temperatures to run through the streets of Austin. The elite runners
began arriving at the 17 mile mark in the Northfield neighborhood, running
down North Loop a little before 9:00 in the morning.
|2-15-06 -- Lee Properties move to implement more demolition and new construction
106 and 107 Nelray are the newest properties in the neighborhood slated for
demolition. In their place will be constructed new homes by Emrobrai Homes, which is a subsidiary of Lee Properties.
Lee Properties has been responsible for the spate of new houses that
have recently been built around the neighborhood. Many people in the
neighborhood have objected to the Lee Property developments for a variety
of reasons, describing them as "super-twos" and "McMansions" and "student
|2-15-06 -- Austin Music Co-Op sold
The building that currently houses the Austin Music Co-Op at the corner of
Nelray and Guadalupe has recently been sold. It is unclear at this
time who the new owners are, or what plans they have for the building.