AUSTIN (KXAN) - A Yahoo Finances report ranked Austin as No. 3 in a list of BestPlaces to Live for 2009.
The report, based on US News' Best Places to Live for 2009,takes a different approach in choosing why some cities arepreferable over others. No. 2 was Auburn, Alab. and No. 1 wasAlbuquerque, New Mexico.
Austin, for example, has many affordable and fun activities forresidents to enjoy on a tight budget during the economic downturn.A perfect example is Barton Springs which is a three-acre naturalspring pool where anyone can enjoy for about $3. Other outdoorattractions include Lions Municipal Golf Course and ZilkerMetropolitan Park.
The live-music scene is an obvious attraction to the capital ofTexas. Austin City Limits, South by Southwest music festival, andnearly 200 performance venues scattered throughout the city lure inmusic enthusiasts from all over every year.
Many Texas cities offer great food, attractions and beautifulweather, but Austin was the only Texas city to make the list thisyear.
The high rate of nonconformists striving to "Keep Austin Weird"could be the reason the city stands out from the rest, but it isclear that Austin provides plenty of jobs, activities, schoolspirit and political nostalgia to keep it a fast paced andinteresting place to reside.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.