I hope most of you have received the February issue of the Allandale Neighbor by now. Thanks to all of the contributors (see photo). I must say I am extremely pleased with the mix and quality of the articles in this issue. The lead article is by Allandale resident David Serrins who delved into the 2010 census data to look at the demographic changes in the neighborhood. There have been a lot of changes in Austin over the last 10 years. Is the same true about Allandale?

Speaking of changes, a number of new restaurants and shops have opened in the area and two of our resident writers took the time to visit a couple of them and share their experience. Angela Caras introduces us to Sparkle Kids, a recycled children’s clothing store in Rosedale Village and Cara Wade provides an excellent review of Pho Taison, a vietnamese restaurant on Anderson Lane near Sun & Ski.

Allandale resident and Sustainable Neighborhoods President, Steven Zettner, attended the open house held by the city’s North Lamar Boulevard/Burnet Road Corridor Development team in January and fills us in on what improvements are being considered for the stretch of Burnet Rd between Koenig and Anderson. I attended a follow up meeting held by Sustainable Neighborhoods on Thursday and while there are unanswered questions and concerns about what is being proposed, everyone agrees improvements are needed for Burnet Rd.

Other articles in the February issue include one on 5-mile Farms, a wonderful profile of one of our long-time residents, an introduction to one of ANA’s recently elected Executive Committee member, David Mintz, and our regular columns. Please let me know if you do not receive your copy. As always, we would love to hear from you: feedback, comments, future article ideas. Let us know. And support our advertisers. Let them know you saw their ad in the Allandale Neighbor. Click here for the electronic version.

allandaleneighbor [Email address: allandaleneighbor #AT# gmail.com - replace #AT# with @ ]" target="_self">Tom Linehan
Editor, The Allandale Neighbor