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Austin's worst freeway, Tastemaker 2019 winners, plus the week's top stories

Austin's worst freeway, Tastemaker 2019 winners, plus more top stories

Traffic jam I-35 Austin
Can you imagine an Austin without I-35 driving through downtown?  Photo by Larry D. Moore/Wikimedia Commons

Editor's note: Lately it seems like it only rains on Saturdays, but we can't let it put a damper on fun. On our weekend to-do list is Art City Austin, the Motown exhibit at LBJ Library, and figuring out which friends scored tickets to Hamilton so we can spend the next two months bribing them. Before you start tackling your weekend activities, take a peek at this week's most popular stories.

1. Jam-packed Austin highway declared 'freeway with no future' in new report. The stretch of I-35 through downtown Austin carries more than 200,000 cars a day, and yet is one of the least functional freeways in the U.S. This report details the road's racist history while imagining how it could be improved.

2. Austin's best restaurant and top chef crowned at Tastemaker Awards 2019. After six weeks, the Tastemakers have been chosen. Read on to see who took home the top awards for chef, bar, neighborhood restaurant, and more. 

3. Where to eat in Austin right now: 6 sunny new patios for drinking and dining. These new patios are making their debut along with Austin's perfect spring weather. From new restaurants to spacious bars, these spots will have you living la dolce vita al fresco. 

4. Definition of downtown Austin has been dramatically transformed, says UT report. The Austin Convention Center, originally designed to be on the outskirts of downtown, has become the center of the city. With construction cranes popping up practically every day, this shift is only becoming more apparent and it's poised to change the design of downtown forever.

5. Austin once again named best place to live by U.S. News & World Report. Another year, another crown. This week, the Best Places to Live in the USA once again placed Austin at the top of the list.