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.

[Stop] Signs Of Progress In Rainey Neighborhood

[Stop] Signs Of Progress In Rainey Neighborhood

I was expecting the City to share with stakeholders a draft of an “in the works” plan for Downtown Austin’s Rainey neighborhood. There’s not much to report. Instead, stakeholders were met with City staff taking notes on what the stakeholders had to say.

Staff from several City departments were in attendance, including: Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Austin Energy, Transportation, Planning & Development, Austin Police. Also present was perennial sustainability advocate and Austin City Council member Chris Riley.

What’s next? Each department will organize their feedback and report to…. nobody is sure. I’ve asked the City to create a dedicated web presence for Rainey Street (e.g. www.cityofaustin.org/raineystreet) to better organize and distribute information. Here is pdf scan of the handouts. And, I’m glad to share that there is real progress to report. [Read more…]