Some Legislators Want to Drown Out Local Austin Officials by Cranking Up the Volume at Bars
When most Texans look at downtown Austin at night, even during the waning days of a pandemic, they see a collection of images that have defined the city in the popular imagination for decades. Young revelers who’ve had a beer or six meander from bar to bar; food trucks and walk-up eateries serve late-night snacks; the neon signs of clubs glow brightly. But some look at downtown Austin and see something else: home—and they’d very much like to get a good night’s sleep. These two forces in the city have been in conflict for years. They’re mediated by noise ordinances, which are the very definition of a local issue. Historically, Austin—like every other city in Texas—has managed this issue through an elected city council that…View Original Post
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