Archives for September 2009

LiveMusicClips.com

Entrepreneur and downtown Austin resident Milan Malkani has launched LiveMusicClips.com.  LiveMusicClips.com is a place for bands to promote their shows by publishing the what/when/where info of their upcoming gigs.

As Milan puts it “I can’t play an instrument and my vocals are painful to listen to, so I figured if I can’t be in my own band at least I can help others.” To help generate some momentum and spread the word they are giving away a pair of 3-day passes to ACL – check them out!

-Jude

Photo Of Waller Creek Flooding In 1935

Photo Of Waller Creek Flooding In 1935

Thanks to LoneStarMike at SkyscraperPage for finding this.  What a great photo.  It looks as if this photo was taken from the vantage point of where the Austin Convention Center is today.  You can see the intersection of Red River and Cesar Chavez St (formerly and appropriately known as Water St, historical map).  It’s striking to see a large house on the southeast corner where we now have a surface parking lot.  It appears that gas cost $0.12 per gallon.  And, what is the sign on the shed towards the right?  Crazy.

You can see a BBQ joint on the left, but it doesn’t seem to be located where Iron Works BBQ is today.  The structure in the photo looks like it is west of Waller Creek …interesting.

From the Weigl’s website“Fortunat quickly filled the hole and the Weigl’ operation found a new home in 1935. Shortly after their opening, disaster struck. On June 5, 1935, one of the worst floods Austin has ever seen raged throughout the city. After the waters receded, the Weigls were forced to cut out pieces of floorboard to scrape massive amounts of mud into the basement.”

Click on the photo to enlarge.

-Jude

Waller Creek flooding Cesar Chavez (Water St) @ Red River in 1935

Waller Creek flooding: Cesar Chavez (Water St) @ Red River in 1935

Round Up

Round Up

It's Better To Build Vertical Than Horizontal

It's Better To Build Vertical Than Horizontal

As we’re traveling this week, below is what’s happening in downtown Austin.

1) ROMA’s density bonus proposal (a must read pdf) is getting lots of attention, especially the conversation surrounding the Warehouse District.  Thanks to Miggy, M1EK, and Roger for the informed commentary.

Update: I encourage DAB readers take few minutes to familiarize themselves with ROMA’s proposal.  Page 21 highlights gradually sloping height limits from neighborhood to core.  The Warehouse District recommendations are a small component of a larger thought process.  Equal attention could be paid to the 3:1 FAR recommendation for the Market District along Lamar.  Philosophically, the entire proposal is still a “tax” on density in downtown Austin, which seems backwards to me.

2) The Austonian tops out.   Did you know that you can now see the Austonian from four counties?

3) J Blacks’ menu gets some respect from Maggie’s Austin.

4) ThunderCloud will soon serve subs below 360.

Downtown Austin Blog Is Growing

Downtown Austin Blog Is Growing

DAB reaches 100,000 hits

DAB reaches 100,000 page views!

I learned a new phrase a couple of weeks ago – “hyper-localized”.  That’s a fitting description of the Downtown Austin Blog, which surpassed 100,000 hits over Labor Day weekend.  Small potatoes for some websites, but this is a fun milestone for a local real estate centric blog like DAB.  We’ve been averaging 14,000 page views per month and growing.  August was our best month with over 18,000 page views!

Downtown Austin Blog is written by myself, Amber Gugino, an occasional guest contributor, and regular readers who contribute to the discussion – without many of whom the entire Austin blogosphere would be a lot less interesting.  The positive feedback (and constructive criticism) we’ve received from our readers is appreciated more than you imagine.

One day we might decide to shift everything to DowntownAustinBlog.org, but for now please continue to encourage your friends and colleagues to “just google ‘Downtown Austin Blog'”.

Thanks,

Jude

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