Archives for July 2009

Spring Bada Bing

Spring Bada Bing


Waller Creek Bike Tour

Photo by downtown Austin resident, Ken Cobb

Photo by downtown Austin resident, Ken Cobb

Thanks to Dale Glover, Austin Parks Foundation board member and downtown Austin resident for sharing this…

Waller Creek Bike Tour
Saturday, August 1st @ 10:00 am
Starting at the Mexican American Cultural Center Plaza (600 River Street)

“The Waller Creek master planning process is well underway. This is an effort to redesign the currently underutilized downtown creek into a premier community space — a potential venue for strolling, jogging, biking, dining, shopping, music, break-dancing, balloon-animal-making, capoeira demonstrations, competitive toenail-painting, and a host of other activities. The master planning process will help us decide what kind of space we want and what kind of activities we want to promote to activate the space. However, a key issue shaping the decisions is the facts on the ground — the condition of the creek and the creekside amenities today. Hop on your bike and join us for a two-wheeled exploration of the opportunities and constraints for this future community hub. We’ll be joined by experts and participants in the Waller Creek master planning process, including:

• Council Member Chris Riley
• Jeb Boyt of the Waller Creek Citizen’s Advisory Committee and Austin Metro Trails & Greenways
• Jana McCann of ROMA Design Group
• James Moody of The Mohawk and the Austin Live Music Task Force
• Shawn Shillington, the Urban Development Editor for

And more! The tour will end at 11:45 with snacks and conversation at Crown and Anchor (29th and San Jacinto).”


Police Investigating Suicide Jumper At 360 Condos

The Statesman Blotter is reporting someone jumped from 360.  It is being reported as a possible suicide.  Very sad.  Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Downtown Austin Retail Space

Downtown Austin Retail Space

One of the better trends in urban design is to include retail space below residential buildings.  I see downtown Austin’s retail offerings as overly homogeneous: salon, boutique, restaurant, or bar.  Feedback from DANA members, and urban-Austinites in general, is the desire to see more practical stores to serve the many thousands of people that live and work here.

After the jump are a few examples of the ground floor retail space currently available below some of downtown Austin’s luxury buildings.  You’ll see that space below these buildings is not cheap and ranges from $30-36 per foot plus NNN.  This could yield a monthly lease payment of $3,500-4,000 per month per 1,000 feet of retail space.

The Downtown Austin Alliance has a great list of retail vacancies you should check out, too.

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The Dillo Is Dead

Will CapMetro Kill The Dillo Before The Metro Rail Begins?

Will CapMetro Kill The Dillo Before The Metro Rail Begins?

You might have already heard this rumor circling through various blogs and discussion boards.  Clearly the Dillo is a downtown-centric service.  As a frequent rider of the Dillo, I can attest to the fact that there were never many riders sharing the bus with me.  I’ve often thought that by extending the 6th Street Dillo route into East Austin and beyond Whole Foods (for, instance Comal to Mopac) would encourage more ridership.

What CapMetro did right:
-The Dillo is inexpensive to ride.
-The Dillo route is easy to remember
-The Dillo 5-minute headway was very convenient

I find it irrational that they would consider killing the Dillo before the Metro Rail has even begun.  If the Metro Rail is a success, then this will trickle down to the Dillo.  The Dillo would have been a transfer bus to get from Red River to Lamar.