Editor's note: As Austin collectively winds down from a chaotic and sad week, we hope your weekend is filled with friends, family, and reflection. Below, take a look at the week's top stories.
1. New Domain-style development on East Riverside could be Austin's next downtown. A Los Angeles developer is seeking to rezone a 97-acre site at East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road and turn it into a Domain-style multi-use development. Known as "Project Catalyst," this "urban village" would include retail, apartments, hotel rooms, dining, and more. Needless to say, Austinites had a lot to say about the project, which is being billed as Austin's third downtown.
2. Local real estate experts reveal Austin's hottest neighborhoods in 2018. CultureMap spoke to local realtors to find out their predictions for Austin's hottest neighborhoods this year. There were a few surprises, but the main takeaway is that as the city core grows, so will the popularity of the neighborhoods that surround it.
3. Here's the salary needed to afford a home in Austin. ... And to afford that home (please see above) you're going to need to rake in this much a year.
4. Lance Armstrong's Old West Austin estate cycles back onto the market — with new price. The former cyclist put his nearly 100-year-old Old West Enfield house on the market (again) with a pretty hefty price tag.
5. Jester King Brewery taps local chef for new restaurant after abrupt shutter. Consider this story a two-one punch. First, Georgetown's popular The Hollow announced it was closing, which is sad. But then, Jester King announced it was opening a restaurant on its famed property with the former Hollow chef, which is great. Silver linings, folks.
6. The 10 best neighborhood restaurants in Austin are good for the soul. Listen, we all love the buzzy next big thing. But sometimes, don't you just want a classic neighborhood spot where you're guaranteed a good meal, great hospitality, and maybe even the chance to run into a friend or two? That's what these nominations for the 2018 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards represent — stalwart classics that make you feel right at home no matter where you live.