Tag Archives: Red River Cultural District

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City moving forward with improvements to Red River district

The city’s long-planned improvements to the streetscape of the Red River Cultural District will move forward through the summer with planning and budgeting for construction projects to improve the sidewalks and other features of the area.A recent city memo outlines…

Friday, May 22, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council pushes for economic development body to lead purchase, preservation of venue spaces

City Council is pushing staff to act this summer to create an economic development corporation that could be used to preserve and acquire real estate properties to be used for cultural arts events and meeting space.That body, possibly in tandem…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Red River district pushes city to commit $35M to purchase venue properties

Leaders from the cluster of live music venues along Red River Street have asked the city to dedicate $35 million to purchase venue properties in the area, as part of a larger menu of programs and spending to preserve those…

Monday, April 27, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Survey seeks data on full impact of Covid-19 on city’s music economy

The city’s major music nonprofits have partnered with a national consulting firm to conduct a survey of the economic and some health impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on Austin’s music community.The survey from Music Cities Together, which is also being…

Monday, January 27, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Red tread redemption?

Red dawn(s again)… Austin Transportation and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority are partnering up this month to add more red lanes – or “fresh Elmo,” as they’re called by transit advocates – to the city’s central transit spine. Beginning last…

Friday, January 24, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

ULI panel pushes real estate partnerships to help preserve, create arts spaces

With creative businesses and artists all over the city facing displacement issues caused by rising property values, the time is coming for the local real estate and development community to find ways to mix arts and music uses into new…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City charts progress, 90-day plans for Red River streetscape improvements

The Planning and Zoning Department has allocated $1.3 million in funding from its Great Streets program that will be used for a series of long-desired improvements to the streetscape of downtown’s Red River Cultural District.A memo released last week by…

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Another alley fence delay adds to frustration for clubs in Red River district

The city may need until late November to install a gate to an alley on Red River Street between Seventh and Eighth streets. That opens up the chance of going past a promised Nov. 1 deadline to close off an…

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Waller Creek parks system now called Waterloo Greenway

The $250 million system of parks planned for areas surrounding Waller Creek in downtown Austin will be known as the Waterloo Greenway going forward, following a naming ceremony held Wednesday at the headquarters of the conservancy in charge of developing…

Monday, August 12, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Have some pride

Build that fence… The Austin Music Commission has asked the city to send a representative to its September meeting to update the group on work to address the recent rash of shootings and violence in the area around Red River…

Friday, January 18, 2019 by Jack Craver

City hopes 10-foot fence will deter crime on Red River

The city of Austin is inching toward a “short-term” solution to a downtown alleyway that police and business owners say has become a magnet for criminal activity.Drug dealing, prostitution and human waste are frequent issues in the alley between Beerland…

Monday, September 10, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Eyes wide open

Four-eyed and proud… On Aug. 28, the Parks and Recreation Board considered the Camelback PUD, a proposed mixed-use development on Lake Austin being led by Jonathan Coon, the founder of 1-800 Contacts, a contact lens company that he sold for…

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Nightlife vet takes the lead of music venue district on Red River

With the appointment of the first executive director for the Red River Cultural District, changes are pretty much guaranteed for the downtown stretch that includes more than a dozen live music venues and represents one of the city’s most renowned…

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Is CodeNEXT spreading?

Contagion… Is the trauma of CodeNEXT spreading to other Central Texas cities? That’s the horrific question at least one Sunset Valley resident must have asked herself when she opened her mailbox recently. Inside was a postcard sent by the city…

Friday, March 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin’s music preservation efforts draw praise. But is it enough?

The attention placed on Austin’s music community in recent years by local leaders – most especially the affordability issues and stagnant income levels of working musicians – went under the magnifying glass Tuesday at South by Southwest. Attendees of the…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Data suggests economic boost from later Red River noise curfews

With the six-month pilot program giving outdoor music venues on Red River Street later weekend sound curfews set to expire at the end of the month, business owners and city officials are putting together their case for extending the program…

Monday, July 17, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Don’t say that

Yeah, OK, on the record, then… During the May 9 meeting of the Community Development Commission, commissioners took up the issue of developing Levander Loop with affordable housing. After a bit of misunderstanding, Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Assistant Director…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Red River improvements kicking off ahead of district-wide festival

The installation of three large public art projects and potential action to clean up a crime-ridden alleyway are two pieces of a campaign kicking off this week to improve the image of the Red River Cultural District.The effort brings together…

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Urban Land Institute considers future of Red River venues

Keeping live music venues alive in one of Austin’s most important creative districts will take a combination of innovative public policy, private investment dollars and cooperation of club owners that have long failed to work as a collective.That was the…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Early numbers in, Red River venues optimistic about impact of new rules

The numbers are starting to roll in on the city’s experiment to allow later outdoor music in the Red River Cultural District.Early financial reports and anecdotes from club owners in the stretch of 13 bars and live music venues paint…

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