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Austin suburb rocks top spot among Money's Best Places to Live 2019, plus more popular stories

Austin suburb rocks onto Money's Best Places to Live and more stories

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Round Rock is among the nation's best places to live. Photo by Sean Nowlin Photography

Editor's note: It's that time again — time to to check in with our top stories of the week. From rockin' accolades for Round Rock to real estate troubles, here are the five stories that captured Austin's attention over the past seven days.

1. Austin suburb rocks top spot on Money's Best Places to Live 2019. When Ben Folds wrote, "I'm rockin' the suburbs" he might as well have been talking about Round Rock. This week, Money released its annual Best Places to Live 2019, and the Austin 'burb was No. 2 out of 100. 

2. Every anticipated Austin restaurant opening in fall 2019. The wave of summer restaurant shutters, which is almost an annual event now, has finally crashed. As fall approaches, let's turn to happier news: restaurant openings. This list rounds up all the can't-miss eateries opening this season.

3. Bestselling author Brene Brown returns to UT Austin to host courageous conversation. Boy howdy do people love Brené Brown. Brown's New York Times bestselling books, navigating everything from vulnerability and courage to shame and pain, have forever changed the zeitgeist. In October, the Houston-based academic returns to her alma mater to carry on the conversation.

4. Austin real estate authority pleads for more housing as market hits 'critical' levels. In its latest report, the Austin Board of Realtors put it bluntly: we need more housing or else. If you've been watching the local market, you know that the number of home being sold is down while the median price of a single-family has soared past $400K for the first time ever. Critical indeed.

5. Big-name band backs out of Austin City Limits Music Festival 2019. Indie rock darlings The Kooks are pulling out of ACL Music Festival 2019. Frontman Luke Pritchard recently suffered a perforated disk and will have to stay at home in England to take part in physical therapy. (Or as he charmingly put it in his English accent, "physiotherapy.") Bummer news, but we wish him a speedy recovery.