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Arden Ward is the executive editor of CultureMap Austin, where she previously served as managing editor.

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Top Stories

Austin's best queso and UT's world ranking top our most popular stories of the week

By Arden Ward

Austin's queso prowess and UT's stellar world ranking are just a taste of the week's most popular stories. Read on and revisit the hot headlines that got ...


Ranking It

New report ranks University of Texas among top 30 universities in the world

By Arden Ward

Longhorns have a new reason to put their horns up this summer. According to a new study, the University of Texas at Austin is among the best universities in the ...


Real Estate By The Numbers

Austin-area home sales hit all-time high for June

By Arden Ward

The Austin real estate market could see its highest sales numbers ever this year. According to the Austin Board of Realtors, in June 2014 Austin-area home sales reached an all-time ...


Hot Property

Texas legend's former Lago Vista ranch hits the market for $9.5 million

By Arden Ward

A ranch of legendary proportions has hit the market in Lago Vista. The expansive property — Edgewater Ranch — was formerly owned by Texas legend Red Adair. An oil well firefighter from ...


McCartney Mania

Paul McCartney adds super-intimate Texas show to fall tour schedule

By Arden Ward

Sir Paul McCartney's summer has been a long and winding one. After falling ill while touring Japan in May, McCartney postponed the Texas dates of his U.S. tour ...


Free Austin Fun

10 quintessentially Austin things to do this summer that are totally free

By Arden Ward

Summer fun doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg — especially in Austin. From free live music series (they happen almost every day) to interactive art installations, many ...


Style File

The Domain scores again: Tory Burch boutique will open this fall

By Arden Ward

Designer Tory Burch is stepping into the Austin market with a new boutique scheduled to open this fall. The Tory Burch boutique, slated for a late September opening, will be ...


Good Eats

Chuck's Eat the Street heads to Austin's burgeoning restaurant row for season premiere

By Arden Ward

Beloved Lamar Boulevard will be in the spotlight on Thursday night when the Chuck's Eat the Street season premiere airs on the Cooking Channel. Host Chuck Hughes continues his ...


Down By The River

Float your way through Labor Day weekend at this new local music fest

By Arden Ward

Float your way through Labor Day weekend at a new music festival on the banks of the San Marcos River. At Float Fest, concert-goers can forgo the typical music festival ...


Luxurious Living

As Austin's real estate market heats up, so do its luxury listings

By Arden Ward

Condos aren't the only piece of the local real estate market heating up right now. According to Realty Austin, luxury homes are also a hot commodity. Realty Austin released ...


Top Stories

Bravo films in Austin, the best local swimming holes and more of the week's top stories

By Arden Ward

The Fourth of July holiday sure didn't slow down the number of hot local stories this week. From a buzzworthy new show filming in Austin to the best swimming ...


Petticoat Problems

North Austin lingerie store under fire for 'transphobic' policies

By Arden Ward

UPDATE: ​Kylie Jack released the following statement on her Facebook page late Wednesday night: "At the beginning of this, I asked for a boycott of Petticoat Fair as an act ...


A Local Gem

South Austin restaurant named one of the top neighborhood gems in U.S.

By Arden Ward

OpenTable is at it again with another buzzworthy list of top restaurants in the U.S. This time the focus is on neighborhood gems, and one Austin locale (situated in ...


Transit Talk

Austin MetroRail to double its capacity with expansion plans

By Arden Ward

On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Committee awarded a $50 million grant for Capital Metro to expand Austin's MetroRail service. The grant, Sen. Kirk Watson said in a statement, "will ...


Take A Dip

Barton Springs is back in full swing after months of renovations

By Arden Ward

Since October 2013, construction has been underway to improve the grounds of Austin's most beloved pool. Now, renovations are complete and Barton Springs is back in full swing.  The ...


Texas Music Legends

Legends Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens celebrated at Songwriters Hall of Fame show

By Arden Ward

Each year the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame honors a new class of talent whose mark on music — in both Texas and beyond — can't be refuted. This year ...


Food Truck Fun

Trailer Food Tuesdays are back at the Long Center through October

By Arden Ward

Food-centric fun is headed back to the Long Center this week. On Tuesday, June 24, Trailer Food Tuesdays will kick off its summer-long series featuring an eclectic mix of the ...


Hot Clicks

Dog-friendly hangouts and unusual brunch spots are the biggest stories of the week

By Arden Ward

From dog-friendly hangouts to unusual brunch spots, this roundup of top stories has the (official) start of summer in mind. Kick off the summer solstice with these popular reads. 1 ...


Scenes about Town

Guests get down at annual House Party to support new Ronald McDonald Family Room

By Arden Ward

What: Friends of the House's House Party Where: Wanderlust Live  The lowdown: More than 300 of Austin's finest young professionals dressed up, got down and gave back at ...


Downtown Living

Hotel living: Posh downtown condo available at Four Seasons for $11.9 million

By Arden Ward

This immaculate condo combines the best of both worlds: all the amenities of living in the heart of the city with unparalleled panoramic views that leave little to be desired ...


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