Austin's Year in Review
These are the 10 biggest Austin stories of 2015
Editor's note: The top stories of 2015 represent the ups and downs of a year in Austin. Here's a look back at the 10 most-read CultureMap stories of the year, from the controversial to the uplifting.
1. Conflicting stories surround controversial demolition of East Austin piñata store. The abrupt demolition of Jumpolin on East Cesar Chavez in February 2015 resulted in the most controversial "he said she said" story of the year.
2. Sneak peek at the HGTV Smart Home in Zilker Park.Each year, HGTV builds and furnishes a Smart Home to be given away to a lucky sweepstakes winner. Last year, HGTV gave away a charming, high-tech home in Nashville. This year, it was a 2,300-square-foot house in the Zilker neighborhood.
3. New report ranks University of Texas the No. 1 school in the country. Get your horns up: For its 2016 list of Top Public Universities, Niche ranked UT Austin the best in the U.S.
4. Alamo Drafthouse launches epic sleepaway camp — for adults only. It's the stuff dreams are made of: Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow and Do512 teamed up for Camp Halloweekend, a weekend of film screenings, live music, and camp activities for your inner kid.
5. Affordable Austin suburb named America's No. 1 place to live. Finding the best place to live is often a compromise between affordability and fun — but in Round Rock, you can have it all.
6. Best boss ever: Texas billionaire gives $100,000 holiday bonus to every employee. Houston businessman Jeffrey Hildebrand gave each of his 1,381 employees a massive holiday bonus.
7. Misery loves tacos: Austin is one of the unhappiest places to work in the country. Based on an annual study by CareerBliss, Austin was the No. 5 unhappiest city to work in 2015. Key factors included compensation, work-life balance, and company culture.
8. Where to eat in Austin: The six best downtown lunch spots. While there are dozens of downtown options, our picks for the workday classics are nice enough to appeal to the food-focused, formal enough to make out-of-towners feel comfortable, and cost-competitive enough to not get your per diem revoked.
9. Coachella lineup could provide a sneak peek at 2015 ACL Music Fest. When the 2015 Coachella lineup was announced, we correctly predicted that many of the big names — Drake, Hozier, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, and more — would also show up on the ACL lineup.
10. World-famous Voodoo Doughnut to open Austin shop. In March, news broke that beloved Portland-based doughnut shop would open on Sixth Street. Now Austinites can get their fill of pastries like the Iconic Voodoo Doll and the Maple Blazer Blunt.