Austin's Biggest Stories
Editor's note:As we prepare for the new year, CultureMap looks back at the most-read stories of 2014. From Jon Stewart poking fun at us to an innovative micro-village for Austin's homeless, here are the 10 most popular stories of the year.
1. Guilty as charged: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart makes fun of Austin, and the accusations are true. When Jon Stewart filmed The Daily Show in Austin this fall, it wasn't the political coverage that went viral, but this spoof on Austin life.
2. The Austinite's guide to surviving 'Snowpocalypse' 2014. Remember when the "Snowpocalypse" threatened our fair city last January? These tips helped you survive — and enjoy — that cold, cold day.
3. J. Black's founder, a top Austin lawyer, arrested during sex trafficking sting. Judson V. Sutherland, a local attorney and founding partner of J. Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge, was arrested during an FBI-led sex trafficking sting in June.
4. An out-of-towner's guide to not getting on Austin's bad side. Visiting Austin? This guide is for you. It'll help you stay on our good side, while you chase down Lone Star and breakfast tacos.
5. Are these the next hipster cities of America? Hipstercrite Lauren Modery reveals which towns are emerging as the country's next hipster meccas.
6. Innovative new East Austin micro-village will rent to homeless for $210 a month. Community First! is a 27-acre, master-planned project in East Austin designed to provide affordable, sustainable housing for Central Texans who have been chronically homeless.
7. Robert Plant gushes about an Austin grocery store — but it's not Whole Foods. Music legend (and former Austin resident) Robert Plant shared some glowing words about one local grocery store.
8. Real estate experts weigh in: 10 best neighborhoods to buy in Austin. These neighborhoods have the best potential, value and appreciation in Austin's highly competitive real estate market.
10. Someone started a fake AISD Twitter account — and it's just the best. In February, AISD preemptively announced school closures for inclement weather, resulting in this hilarious (and totally fake) Twitter account.