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.
The most evident sign of progress in the Downtown Austin neighborhood was, in fact, a stop sign. Two stop signs actually. This small but difficult win is a result of Rainey neighborhood advocates like Phyllis Fletcher, Mike Abraham, and Lora Herring – all residents at the Villas On Town Lake.
A couple of months ago, Phyllis [who is a Board Member of the Rainey Neighbors’ Association], did a little hand holding of with the City of Austin Dept. of Transportation. Prior to this, despite impassioned pleas by neighbors at the Downtown Commission, residents from The Shore Condos and Villas on Town Lake were denied a stop sign at the intersection of Red River Street and Davis Street, which is also where the two building’s drive ways intersect. Phyllis walked city staff around the neighborhood and pointed out traffic nuances that were not so evident on paper or based on pneumatic traffic counts.
I feel safer already. Thanks, Phyllis!
Jude did you see the results of the city council meeting over parking last night? http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2011/03/03/austin-city-council-oks-longer-parking.html
They not only OKed extending meter hours but voted to include the Rainey (they spelled it wrong in the writeup – good old ABJ) St District in metering. Thoughts? I see the “survey” the administered to the public has a LOT of weight.
Camille cook says
Thanks for the update Jude! Hoping we get a turn signal at red river and Caesar Chavez ! Who do we call at the city! Thanks again!
Camille, I would suggest Gary Schatz (email@example.com; 512-974-7189), the Assistant Director of the Austin Transportation Dept. Traffic Mgmt. Division. He attended the Rainey St. Open House last night, and I spoke to him about how much turn signals at that intersection for additional directions could help keep Driskill St. from becoming a heavily-used shortcut to I-35 and would decrease traffic greatly through the neighborhood (currently, only turning from S/B Red River to E/B Cesar Chavez has a turn signal).
Correction: E/B Cesar Chavez to N/B Red River is currently protected. S/B Red River to E/B Cesar Chavez is the biggest need IMO.