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I'm Austin Meek, Vox of Waco Business News and host of "Downtown Depot," the radio show and podcast where we track the ins and outs of Waco business. Listen live on Fridays at 11:30AM on 103.3 KWBU-FM or stream previous episodes of "Downtown Depot" anytime via Apple Podcasts, NPR, and Waco Business News.
The Waco Business Newsletter: August 31, 2019
"Once they started developing, it changed the whole neighborhood! It makes you feel a lot better to be a part of something, to see things change." That quote's from Bobby Robinson, a resident in the Brook Oaks neighborhood, who was referring to Jimmy Dorrell and the Mission Waco team. This beautiful video illustrates the positive impact a grocery store can have on a community. I've started going out of my way to shop at Jubilee Food Market and I hope you will too! Let's support this type of incremental development that allows communities to participate in the growth happening around them. (WFAA DALLAS)
The Little Bookstore That Could! Downtown Waco finally has the independent bookstore it's been craving. I interviewed Kimberly Batson, co-owner of Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, in the latest episode of Downtown Depot. (Waco Business News)
"Once they started developing, it changed the whole neighborhood! It makes you feel a lot better to be a part of something, to see things change." That quote's from Bobby Robinson, a resident in the Brook Oaks neighborhood, who was referring to Jimmy Dorrell and the Mission Waco team. This beautiful video illustrates the positive impact a grocery store can have on a community. I go out of my way to shop at Jubilee Food Market and I hope you'll join me in doing so! They need support from all corners of Waco. (WFAA DALLAS)
Yesterday, Rhiannon Saegert reported that the City is accepting proposals re: Floyd Casey Stadium for the next three weeks. Austin Hooper, our residential real estate expert, broke this story two weeks ago on Downtown Depot; he wants more housing because it would provide needed stock for market that rarely gets new construction. (Waco Business News)
Kudos to Waco-based economist Dr. Ray Perryman, winner of the Chairman's Award for lifetime achievement from the International Economic Development Council. (Perryman Group)
Looking for something fun to do tonight? Check out the series premiere recording of the Texas Music Cafe. "In its 22-year history, TMC has captured more than 10,000 hours of live footage of such Texas stars as Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green and Randy Rogers as well as scores of other bands." (The Waco Tribune-Herald)
A professor and police officer share out-of-the box ways to reduce crime and make neighborhoods safer. (NBC News)
There were 42 vacant major buildings in downtown Dallas in the late 1990s. By the end of next year, there will be zero. (D Magazine)
Dallas is transforming school playgrounds into city parks - and it couldn't come at a a more crucial time. (The Dallas Morning News)
The average driver in Houston spends 75 hours per year stuck in traffic. Congestion is a growing concern across the country and it won't be fixed by obsessing over speed or traffic delays. Daniel Herriges rethinks the transportation debate. (Strong Towns)
How to fill in your neighborhood, one vacant lot at a time. (Windsor Star)