Philip Jankowski

City Hall reporter

Philip Jankowski covers Austin City Hall for the Austin American-Statesman. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Texas’ School of Journalism and has worked for newspapers in Central Texas since. Philip joined the American-Statesman in 2013. Previously he covered breaking news and public safety for the Statesman. He is the winner of the 2016 Michael Brick Award for Storytelling.

Latest from Philip Jankowski

Austin City Council could rename Robert E. Lee Road, Jeff Davis Avenue
 Azie Taylor Morton helped to desegregate Barton Springs and remains the first and only African-American to serve as U.S. treasurer. A freed slave, William H. Holland fought for the Union in the Civil War and later served as a Travis County commissioner. Both could become the newest names to adorn Austin street signs if the Austin City Council...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Azie Taylor Morton helped to desegregate Barton Springs and remains the first and only African-American to serve as U.S. treasurer. A freed slave, William H. Holland fought for the Union in the Civil War and later served as a Travis County commissioner. Both could become the newest names to adorn Austin street signs if the Austin City Council...
Zilker Park to get up to $2 million from ACL Fest promoter for upgrade
 The company that puts on the Austin City Limits Festival each year is kicking in at least $1.5 million to upgrade a portion of Zilker Park. The area off of Stratford Drive on the west end of Zilker Park, where the grass and gravel meet MoPac Boulevard, is commonly used as an area for auxiliary parking especially during the busiest days at...

Posted: a day ago

The company that puts on the Austin City Limits Festival each year is kicking in at least $1.5 million to upgrade a portion of Zilker Park. The area off of Stratford Drive on the west end of Zilker Park, where the grass and gravel meet MoPac Boulevard, is commonly used as an area for auxiliary parking especially during the busiest days at...
With petition certified, CodeNext one step closer to the ballot
 A petition effort to put CodeNext on the ballot is one step closer to achieving that goal after the Austin city clerk’s office on Monday certified the petition. Its validation could be the preamble for a bitter fight between the neighborhood preservationists who want CodeNext killed and the Austin City Council, which has been told by...

Posted: 2 days ago

A petition effort to put CodeNext on the ballot is one step closer to achieving that goal after the Austin city clerk’s office on Monday certified the petition. Its validation could be the preamble for a bitter fight between the neighborhood preservationists who want CodeNext killed and the Austin City Council, which has been told by...
Austin city clerk validates petition to put CodeNext on Nov. ballot
 Austin’s city clerk on Monday announced that her office has validated a petition to place CodeNext and other large scale changes to Austin’s land development code on the ballot. The petition effort, spearheaded by two political action committees that are highly critical of CodeNext — the city’s massive rewrite of the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Austin’s city clerk on Monday announced that her office has validated a petition to place CodeNext and other large scale changes to Austin’s land development code on the ballot. The petition effort, spearheaded by two political action committees that are highly critical of CodeNext — the city’s massive rewrite of the...
Austin City Council to examine if land-use board’s roster is illegal
 An influential land-use commission will come under scrutiny by the Austin City Council on Thursday after groups, including the NAACP, have called the composition of the board illegal because too many members are tied to real estate businesses. Since 1994, Austin’s charter has limited the makeup of the Planning Commission to no more...

Posted: 5 days ago

An influential land-use commission will come under scrutiny by the Austin City Council on Thursday after groups, including the NAACP, have called the composition of the board illegal because too many members are tied to real estate businesses. Since 1994, Austin’s charter has limited the makeup of the Planning Commission to no more...
Austin City Council to examine if land-use board’s roster is illegal
 An influential land-use commission will come under scrutiny by the Austin City Council on Thursday after groups, including the NAACP, have called the composition of the board illegal because too many members are tied to real estate businesses. Since 1994, Austin’s charter has limited the makeup of the Planning Commission to no more...

Posted: 5 days ago

An influential land-use commission will come under scrutiny by the Austin City Council on Thursday after groups, including the NAACP, have called the composition of the board illegal because too many members are tied to real estate businesses. Since 1994, Austin’s charter has limited the makeup of the Planning Commission to no more...
Southwest airliner in deadly incident was in Austin last week
 The Southwest Airlines airliner in which a person died Tuesday while flying from New York City to Dallas had been in Austin last week, according to flight records. The Boeing 737 landed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday after arriving from Lubbock, according to  the plane’s flight history. It then took off for Los...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Southwest Airlines airliner in which a person died Tuesday while flying from New York City to Dallas had been in Austin last week, according to flight records. The Boeing 737 landed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday after arriving from Lubbock, according to the plane’s flight history. It then took off for Los...
Austin plan that targeted homeless living under freeway now stalled
 A proposal that would have empowered Austin police to arrest people living under a South Austin overpass appears all but dead. Council Member Ann Kitchen — who represents the part of Austin where a 1,000-foot-long overpass of U.S. 290/Texas 71 stretches over Manchaca Road and Pack Saddle Pass — told the American-Statesman recently...

Posted: 12 days ago

A proposal that would have empowered Austin police to arrest people living under a South Austin overpass appears all but dead. Council Member Ann Kitchen — who represents the part of Austin where a 1,000-foot-long overpass of U.S. 290/Texas 71 stretches over Manchaca Road and Pack Saddle Pass — told the American-Statesman recently...
Austin plan that targeted homeless living under freeway now stalled
 A proposal that would have empowered Austin police to arrest people living under a South Austin overpass appears all but dead. Council Member Ann Kitchen — who represents the part of Austin where a 1,000-foot-long overpass of U.S. 290/Texas 71 stretches over Manchaca Road and Pack Saddle Pass — told the American-Statesman recently...

Posted: 12 days ago

A proposal that would have empowered Austin police to arrest people living under a South Austin overpass appears all but dead. Council Member Ann Kitchen — who represents the part of Austin where a 1,000-foot-long overpass of U.S. 290/Texas 71 stretches over Manchaca Road and Pack Saddle Pass — told the American-Statesman recently...
Austin City Council gets first look at proposed $851 million bond
 The Austin City Council on Tuesday got its first look at a proposed $851 million bond that could be brought before voters in November. With a proposed price tag that is about the same as the Tampa Bay Rays’ current value, the 2018 bond aims to focus on affordable housing, parks, building maintenance, stormwater and transportation infrastructure...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Austin City Council on Tuesday got its first look at a proposed $851 million bond that could be brought before voters in November. With a proposed price tag that is about the same as the Tampa Bay Rays’ current value, the 2018 bond aims to focus on affordable housing, parks, building maintenance, stormwater and transportation infrastructure...
Austin in 2100: Extreme weather, strained infrastructure, report says
 In a world where reliance on fossil fuels continues, Austin could see its average high temperature in the summer soar from 94 to 104 degrees by the end of the century. How the city might respond to that kind of climate change over the next 80 years is the focus of a report commissioned by Austin leaders. The report, released Friday,...

Posted: 16 days ago

In a world where reliance on fossil fuels continues, Austin could see its average high temperature in the summer soar from 94 to 104 degrees by the end of the century. How the city might respond to that kind of climate change over the next 80 years is the focus of a report commissioned by Austin leaders. The report, released Friday,...