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Austin declared ‘the new Seattle’ amid Tesla news and more popular stories

Austin declared ‘the new Seattle’ amid Tesla news and more top stories

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Expect Tesla's HQ move to further propel Austin's transformation. Photo courtesy of I Live Here, I Give Here

Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Austin declared ‘the new Seattle’ in wake of Tesla’s big headquarters news. “Austin is the new Seattle and is on its way to become the new San Francisco,” says Redfin’s chief economist.

2. Music icons George Strait and Willie Nelson headline Austin’s Moody Center grand opening. The kings of country will share a stage for only the second time in history.

3. 2 Austin-area elementary schools make the grade among Texas’ best in U.S. News & World Report. It’s the very first ranking of Texas elementary schools from the prestigious publisher.

4. Longtime downtown Austin sushi lounge closes permanently as high-rise moves in. A favorite sushi spot will close for good on October 27.

5. Austin’s adored first craft brewery debuts massive beer garden and taproom. We’ll raise a glass to this news!