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Arden Ward

Executive Editor

Arden Ward has been part of the CultureMap Austin team since its launch in 2011. As executive editor, Arden stays in tune with what makes Austin tick — and what keeps the city in the national spotlight. 

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Fast Times

Which big city is growing the fastest in Texas? Surprisingly, it's not Austin

By Arden Ward

Just how much bigger will Texas' big cities be in 25 years? A new study from reveals the expected population growth for Texas' five biggest cities by 2040 ...

Housing Woes

Austin's skyrocketing rent prices force locals to make major cuts in these areas

By Arden Ward

Renting in Austin comes at a high cost — and we're not just talking about the skyrocketing prices. According to Zillow, unaffordable rent prices in U.S. cities are forcing ...

SoCo Living

Highly anticipated South Congress Hotel sets opening date for posh new digs

By Arden Ward

Posh new digs are coming to iconic South Congress Avenue after Labor Day. The highly anticipated South Congress Hotel has announced its official opening date: Tuesday, September 8.  The hotel ...

Hot Headlines

Far South Austin dining faves, national accolades and more of the week's top stories

By Arden Ward

Editor's note: South Austin dining and national accolades lead this round of top stories. Read on for more of the week's biggest headlines. 1. These must-try restaurants are ...

Real Estate Report

Hot Austin real estate market experiences another record-breaking month

By Arden Ward

Yet another record-breaking month of Austin home sales is in the books. The Austin Board of Realtors has released its July 2015 report revealing that, for the second month in ...

Introducing the Stylemakers

Help us find Austin's most stylish women and men for the first-ever CultureMap Stylemaker Awards

By Arden Ward

Austin has a style all its own: a style that seamlessly melds the eclectic, vintage and classic into one effortlessly cool look. To celebrate the unique look that is inherently ...

Hot Hot Hoods

Surprising Austin ZIP code declared one of the hottest in America

By Arden Ward

Things are hot, hot, hot in suburban Austin. In fact, North Austin boasts one of the hottest ZIP codes in America. recently revealed the top 10 ZIP codes ...

The Week's Hot Headlines

Texas city trumps Austin as best college town and more of the week's top stories

By Arden Ward

Editor's note: America's best college towns and best big cities lead this round of top stories. Read on for more of the week's biggest headlines.  1. Texas ...

Record-breaking Real Estate

Texas home prices hit all-time high in summer 2015

By Arden Ward

The Texas real estate market is still red-hot, says the latest Texas Quarterly Housing Report. In fact, the report reveals that home prices hit an all-time high in the second ...

News You Can Eat

Two killer Austin spots nab nominations for Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant 2015

By Arden Ward

Every summer, Bon Appetit releases a highly anticipated list of the best new restaurants in America. On Tuesday, foodies got a taste of this year's picks with the announcement ...

Elton Plays Austin

Legendary Elton John to close out Formula 1 weekend in Austin with epic show

By Arden Ward

Formula 1 just got much more exciting for music fans. On Monday, Circuit of the Americas announced that rock legend Elton John and His Band will close out the 2015 ...

The Week's Hottest Stories

Lone Star burger wins big title and more of the week's top stories

By Arden Ward

Editor's note: The best burger in America and the luckiest homebuyers around Austin lead this round of top stories. Read on for more of the week's biggest headlines ...

Where to Rent

Map reveals the cheapest neighborhoods in Austin for renters

By Arden Ward

If your lease is up soon, pay close attention to this new information from The house and apartment rental website has released a map detailing the cheapest and ...

Real Estate Rankings

Austin's hot housing market ranks among the healthiest in the country

By Arden Ward

The Austin real estate market is super competitive and getting pricier by the day, but it's also one of the healthiest in America. A new study from WalletHub ranks ...

Social Scene

Austin's Mexic-Arte Museum makes a splash with Art + Tequila celebration

By Arden Ward

What: Art + Tequila Where: Mexic-Arte Museum The lowdown: On July 24, which just so happened to be National Tequila Day, guests celebrated the opening of the Herradura Barrel Art Collection ...

This Week's Top Stories

HGTV Smart Home for sale and more of the week's top stories

By Arden Ward

Editor's note: Zilker Park Smart Home and a new ice cream shop lead this round of top stories. Read on for the rest of the week's biggest headlines ...

Traveling Texas

New service makes private jets affordable for frequent Austin flyers

By Arden Ward

A new service promises to make business travel more efficient — and even enjoyable — for Austinites. Rise, a Dallas-based private flight-sharing company, adds comfort and saves time by transporting members in ...

Smart Home for Sale

HGTV Smart Home in Zilker Park neighborhood will soon be for sale

By Arden Ward

The 2015 HGTV Smart Home, located in Austin's prized Zilker neighborhood, could soon be yours, but this time it'll cost you. HGTV recently announced the winner of its ...

Real Estate Report

Austin-area home sales top $1 billion for first time ever

By Arden Ward

Last month was another record-breaking one for Austin real estate, according to the latest report from the Austin Board of Realtors. In June 2015, home sales topped 3,000 for ...

The Scoop

Lick Ice Creams celebrates new Burnet Road shop with free scoops

By Arden Ward

North Austinites, rejoice! Popular ice cream shop, Lick Honest Ice Creams, is opening its Burnet Road location on July 22. To celebrate, the new shop will serve up one free ...

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