Archives for March 2011

Container Bar On Rainey Street

Container Bar On Rainey Street

Our friends at Austin civil engineering firm Big Red Dog just sent us fresh new renderings of the planned Container Bar in Downtown Austin’s Rainey Street neighborhood. The site is currently being used by Cazamance African-fusion patio/restaurant on the corner of Rainey and Davis Streets.  It will be interesting to watch the this project come alive, as I’m not aware of anything else like it in Central Texas. [Read more…]

NEW Rendering – Violet Crown Cinema

NEW Rendering – Violet Crown Cinema

Violet Crown Cinema, set to open in the 2nd Street District of Downtown Austin 4/29/2011.  New information:  Prices for tickets: Matinee tickets – $9; all other shows M-TH – $11, and $13 Fri. – Sun. The opening lineup will be announced March 22. [Read more…]

SXSW 2011 – Downtown Austin Street Closures

SXSW 2011 – Downtown Austin Street Closures

Do you have a plan for getting around Downtown Austin during this year’s SXSW?  Bike, scooter, or walking will be your best bet.  But, if you have to get to/fro by car, attached are two nice maps of street closures for you to be aware of.  Click the thumbnails below for a full size image.

This Is Bull

This Is Bull

This is the Castleman-Bull house on Red River Street in Downtown Austin.   Located just east of the Convention Center, most of us have driven past this curious property at some point in recent years.

It currently serves no purpose except as a popular spectacle of wonder for the hungover Moonshine brunch crowd. The blighted chain link fence and “keep out” signs hint at something ominous, but daring us to to get close as possible. I’ve always found it to be creepy in the coolest way possible.  Time for some urban exploration! [Read more…]

Downtown Austin Condo Sales Show Growth

Downtown Austin Condo Sales Show Growth

Downtown Austin condo sales continue to reflect strong fundamentals as resale data from February shows increases year-to-year, and from month-to-month.

I’m continuing to tinker with some new statistics, including the effect of the average age of square footage sold. Values of downtown Austin condos tend to be highly correlated with age. This “age/area” metric is useful when comparing monthly data, and I can quickly tell if the data set is skewed towards older or new buildings.  In February, the [Read more…]