I love this idea for downtown Austin. Convert two duck-in parking spaces in front of Royal Blue Grocery on Congress Ave, in order to improve the pedestrian experience and create a retail destination.
“Street patios” have been implemented before in other cities, successfully, under the badge of “parklet” or “pop-up” cafe.
Upon approval by Council, later this month, the initiative would be a partnership between the City of Austin and Royal Blue Grocery, with design coming from Studio DWG and civil engineering firm Big Red Dog.
The street patio in front of Royal Blue Grocery is just a trial run. If successful we could see more street patios in other parts of downtown. The results should provide more space for pedestrians and a cafe sitting area, similar to Jos on 2nd Street. WIN!
More pics after the jump.
Cool, hope it happens.
Another great idea. All of the parking should be eliminated to expand the sidewalks to allow for a better pedestrian experience and encourage more dining development.
Love the idea too! And love Royal Blue especially on those days when you need a walking distance grocer!
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