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 August 2011 






We continue to welcome new residents as they move into their new home here at BartonPlace.


Neighbors are becoming fast friends while relaxing on the rooftop terraces and working in the community garden. 


In this issue, we have included updates about our community as well as  Austin news and events that you might find interesting.


BartonPlace Courtyard & Community Garden Update


Our latest addition to the courtyard are the fountains located at the north and south entrance.  They add to the peaceful, zen-like nature of our interior courtyards and are a great welcome to residents and their guests.


The community garden is also flourishing with beautiful flowers, herbs, and vegetables.


Enjoy these pictures! 








Stay tuned for additional updates and pictures! 




Austin takes top spot out of 100 Best Places to Live






Austin frequently appears on "best of" lists. RelocateAmerica's "Top 10 Overall" Money Magazines's "Best Big City", MSN's "Greenest City in America" just to name a few.


Austin is quite simply a melting pot of sights and sounds that can't be found anywhere else. From the quirky cast of characters that populate Congress Avenue to burnt orange-clad University of Texas students, bats to Longhorns, four-star restaurants to down-home barbecue joints, corporate CEOs to struggling musicians, Texas' capital city stands apart from the rest. Austin became a tech center, home to many large employers, in the 1990s. Today it maintains these identities and also fosters an increased prominence in the film industry.


It's hip and trendy, yet in a vintage sort of way. It's high-tech and laid-back. It's politically charged and culturally rich. It's eclectic by nature and creative by design. Most of all, it's a place where people like to have a good time.


The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area with a population of more than 1.7 million residents. Its diverse neighborhoods include urban lofts and large country estates; starter homes and affordable apartments, making Austin truly a community for everyone.


Residents of Austin are known as "Austinites" and include a mix of university professors, students, politicians, lobbyists, musicians, state employees, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and white-collar workers. The city is home to enough large sites of major technology corporations to have earned it the nickname "Silicon Hills." Austin's official slogan promotes the city as "The Live Music Capital of the World", a reference to its status as home to many musicians and music venues. In recent years, many Austinites have also adopted the unofficial slogan "Keep Austin Weird"; this refers partly to the eclectic and progressive lifestyle of many Austin residents, but is also the slogan for a campaign to preserve smaller local businesses and resist excessive commercialization.


Thousands of graduates each year from the engineering and computer science programs at The University of Texas at Austin provide a steady source of young, talented, and driven employees that help to fuel Austin's technology and defense industry sectors. Its biggest employers include the State of Texas, The University of Texas, the SETON Healthcare Network, Dell, IBM and Freescale Semiconductor (spun off from Motorola in 2004). Other high-tech companies in Austin include Apple Inc., Vignette, AMD, Applied Materials, Cirrus Logic, Hoover's, Inc., Intel, Motive Inc, National Instruments, Samsung, Silicon Laboratories, Sun Microsystems, and United Devices. The proliferation of technology companies has led to the region's nickname, "the Silicon Hills," and has spurred rapid development that has greatly expanded the city to the north, south, east, and west. Not only is Austin home to many high-tech companies, it is also headquarters for Whole Foods and Gatti's Pizza, a pizza buffet chain.


In addition to global companies, Austin features a strong network of independent, locally-owned firms and organizations such as the Austin Independent Business Alliance. The success of these businesses reflects the high level of commitment by the citizens of Austin to preserving the unique spirit of the city, and has been tied to the "Keep Austin Weird" campaign. Small businesses in Austin enjoy a lively existence gained by direct competition with large national and global rivals.


Music Scene
As Austin's official slogan is The Live Music Capital of the World, the city has a vibrant live music scene with more music venues per capita than any other U.S. city. Austin's music revolves around the many nightclubs on 6th Street and an annual film/music/multimedia festival known as South by Southwest. The longest-running concert music program on American television, Austin City Limits, is videotaped on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Austin City Limits and Capital Sports & Entertainment run the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual music and art festival held at Zilker Park in Austin. The Urban Music Festival is held during the Texas Relays weekend every April. Other annual events include Eeyore's Birthday Party and the Austin Reggae Festival (previously named Bob Marley Festival) in April and Carnaval in February. Halloween, St Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, July 4th, and Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) are all celebrated.


Art & Culture
Austinites take pride in eccentricities and celebrate the differences between themselves and other U.S. cities. "Keep Austin Weird" has become a local motto in recent years, featured on innumerable bumper stickers and t-shirts. This motto has not only been used in promoting Austin's eccentricity and diversity, but is also meant to bolster support of local and independent businesses.


Austin is also home to a lot of artists. They can be seen selling their art at the Renaissance Market on Guadalupe, across the street from the University. Every first Thursday of the month, during what is known as First Thursdays, the eclectic shops on South Congress stay open late, artists sell their works on the sidewalks, and musicians play in the streets. This is truly a spectacle of Austin, and exemplifies its cultural side.


Austin hosts the annual Austin Film Festival, as well as South by Southwest, which draw films of many different types from all over the world. Austin also has a strong theater culture, with dozens of itinerant and resident companies producing a wide variety of work.

When we say "come as you are" in Austin, we mean it. The Live Music Capital of the WorldŽ plays to a diverse population of cultures, political leanings and lifestyles. The Mexican American Cultural Center anchors the Hispanic community, as does the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center for the city's African-American neighborhoods.


An increasing Asian influence has resulted in many festivals, parades, marketplaces and cultural performances. In fact Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, along with the Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce created an alliance called MECA (Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance) that brings diverse groups together for the purpose of advancing business initiatives, leveraging resources, and creating networking opportunities for small business owners.


Whether you're here for a day, a week, or a lifetime, Austin has something for everyone. Welcome!



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Forbes calls Austin America's No. 1 "Boom Town"

 Austin Business Journal - July 8, 2011





Austin was named the city most likely to grow and prosper during the next decade.


Forbes in partnership with the Praxis Strategy Group, recently examined what the next decade has in store for America's 52 largest cities. The publication used recent U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics growth and demographic data to compile a list of the expected "boom towns." The Central Texas region from Round Rock to San Marcos came in first.


The report lauded the Austin area for its impressive two-year employment and population growth, as well as the local number of college graduations and children. A separate report said Austin is expected to add 6,000 residents in one month this summer.


Other Texas cities high on the list included: San Antonio/New Braunfels (No. 4), Houston (No. 5) and Dallas (No. 7).


A slideshow of Forbes' top boom towns is available here.


The ranking comes as no surprise, as Austin is a regular on regional "best of" lists. Click here for a roundup of its recent appearances.


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Local Food + Drink News

From www.austinist.com




The Barton Springs El Chile has officially reopened as El Alma Cafe, the new interior Mexican restaurant by El Chile Group executive chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas. The menu is here, but highlights include Mexico City-style food and major happy hour deals.


El Alma Cafe is open Tuesday through Saturday 11-10pm, Sunday through Monday 11-9pm, with a Brunch from 11-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for the Press Release. 



Lucy's Fried Chicken to open on South Congress

James Holmes, the man behind fine dining restaurant Olivia, is arguably one of Austin's favorite chefs, and his fried chicken is certainly one of Austin's beloved dishes. For the time being, you can only get your hands on his tasty fried breasts and thighs during Olivia's weekend brunch, in the food court at ACL, or at Olivia's Fried Chicken Revival parties during SXSW. But starting later this year, Austinites can get a taste of Holmes' famous fried fowl at a new, casual dining restaurant he's planning -- Lucy's Fried Chicken.

In addition to chicken, Lucy's will serve up raw and grilled Gulf oysters along with other Southern favorites. The restaurant is taking over the space formerly occupied by Nueva Onda at College and South Congress, and is being gutted and completely redesigned by architect Michael Hsu, who's created some of Austin's hippest spots -- Uchi, Haddington's, Icenhauer, and La Condesa, to name a few.

Holmes wasn't the only one to recognize the dearth of good fried chicken in the 78704. In June, Ms. P's Electric Cock Fried Chicken trailer set up shop on South Congress, serving local, free-range bird, truffle mac 'n' cheese, spicy Mexican street corn, and more.


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5th Annual Ice Cream Fest - August 13th

From www.roadwayevents.com 





Saturday, August 13, 2011
Waterloo Park at 14th and Trinity Street
Admission $10.00 --- Kids 8 and under free with an adult.
Ice Cream - FREE
* That's right - it's FREE! Taste everything!
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Do you scream for ice cream?

Bring yourself, your friends, your family and even your dog to the 5th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival. This yummy event will include lot's of games, activities, contests and live entertainment as well as what we all scream for - ICE CREAM! Did we say it's FREE ICE CREAM???

The 5th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival is an event centered around family, fun, and ice cream. Remember when ice cream trucks roamed the streets and running through sprinklers was an art form? While having a great time, we will also be raising money for local charities.


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Zilker Theatre Production's 53nd Annual Summer Musical

From www.ci.austin.tx.us



BartonPlace residents enjoy the luxury of a short walk to Zilker Park! 




For more information, please visit their website or call (512)477-5335. The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require assistance for participation in our programs or use of our facilities, please call (512)477-5335. 


Performance dates:
August 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13

Starts at: 8:00 PM

Place: Zilker Hillside Theatre

Address: 2201 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704


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7th Annual Austin Bat Fest - Saturday August 27th

From www.roadwayevents.com






BATFEST and Night of the Bat sponsored by the City of Austin
FREE Admission
Saturday, August 27th, 2011 on the Congress Ave. Ann Richards Bridge
1 PM until Midnight

All ages welcome. Bring the family! Did we say FREE Admission?


Bats are unpredictable creatures but usually start flying between 7:30 - 9:30. Flight can last about 1/2 hour.

Batfest!, Will feature Arts, Crafts, Music, Food, Bat Watching, Children's Activities, and Educational Displays. Estimated attendance is around 40,000!

Enjoy the scenic backdrop of Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin, as up to 2 million Mexican Free Tail Bats emerge for their nightly flight. Shop for creative items made in Austin, Texas, and the world. See over 20 bands on two stages. All for FREE!

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The Austin Chronicle's Annual Hot Sauce Festival - August 28th

From www.rowingdock.com/evens_calendar





In the twenty-one years since its inception, what started as a friendly contest between Austin and San Antonio has become one of the largest annual contests in the world, the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. FREE to the public (with a donation of three healthy, non-perishable food items or a cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas), the event draws upwards of 15,000 spectators and more than 350 entries every year. This year the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival will take place on Sunday, August 28 at Waterloo Park from 11:00am to 5:30pm.


The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is presented in conjunction with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB). Three healthy, non-perishable food donations or a cash donation for CAFB are requested. Purchase raffle tickets at the festival to be included in the drawing for this year's Sizzling Summer Raffle prize packages (up to 5 packages available valued at more than $500 each). There's no limit - purchase as many as you'd like! $1 each or 6 for $5. Every $1 raffle ticket purchased allows the Food Bank to provide $5 worth of nutritious food to Central Texas families.


Last year's Hot Sauce Festival raised almost $17,000 and over 23,500 pounds of food for Central Texans in need. We challenge attendees to help us raise even more food and funds this year to meet the growing need for food assistance in our community! This one-of-a-kind event has become one of Central Texas' biggest and best known parties. This year's Hot Sauce Festival promises to be even bigger and hotter than ever before.



View a video  of last year's Hot Sauce Festival. 


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We look forward to staying in close contact with you.  Please remember to visit our website at www.BartonPlaceAustin.com to get up to date news and additional information.


Audra W. Smith
BartonPlace Condominium

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