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Tag Archives: Red River Cultural District

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…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Red River proponents seek policy ‘champion’ following live music report

Streetscape improvements, greater attention to safety and partnerships with nearby community organizations are some of the steps needed to keep the Red River Cultural District a hub of live music, according to a recently completed study on the area.The technical…

Monday, June 5, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Don’t knock it, or try it

Delay Red River… When the Austin Monitor published a sneak peek in April of the findings of a close-to-complete draft of Urban Land Institute’s examination of the precarious state of the Red River Cultural District, one of the key findings…

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: The Red River Cultural District.

Music Commission Chair Gavin Garcia and Stubb’s general manager Ryan Garrett join Austin Monitor reporter Chad Swiatecki for a chat about the state of the Red River Cultural District. Join us for a conversation that tackles everything from the recent…

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

All ears on Red River as noise curfew pilot program kicks off

Today marks the official start of a six-month program that will bring later hours for live music to one of the city’s most well-regarded cultural centers.Known in city channels as the Red River pilot program, the change in city policy…

Friday, April 21, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Study: Red River music venues face ‘11th hour’ endangerment

A key piece of Austin’s live music scene is at a crisis point and at risk of disappearing in the coming years if dramatic action isn’t taken soon. Those are the findings included in a nearly complete report by the…

Friday, January 27, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council approves extended hours for five Red River music venues

Over the objections of a number of neighbors and nearby hotels, City Council approved a six-month pilot program Thursday that will allow a handful of bars on Red River Street to play outdoor live music one hour later into the…

Monday, January 9, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Hopes for music industry growth fuel first omnibus resolution

For all the focus Mayor Steve Adler and others in city government have put on the health of Austin’s music economy in recent years, it’s easy to lose sight of what it means to be a “working musician” in Austin…

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Character, retention of businesses fuel expansion of Soul-y Austin

Though he works on the very same block, Josh Blaine had never been inside East Austin’s Vortex theater prior to attending a meeting of what is now the Manor Road Merchants Association. But as manager of the In.gredients neighborhood grocery…

Friday, October 7, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Curfew relief in sight for Red River music venues

A handful of music venues along Red River Street between Sixth and 10th streets could soon have a later sound curfew for outdoor music.On Monday, the Music Commission unanimously passed an item that venue owners and other music boosters hope…

Monday, September 26, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Visitors bureau budget cut, but still up $1 million

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo won a round Thursday in her battle to use more of Austin’s tourism dollars to promote Austin’s heritage. City Council cut the tourism promotion budget of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau by approximately $1…

Friday, September 23, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

City lands $10 million “minibond” agreement to save endangered music venues

The city of Austin will team up with private investors to save some of the city’s most iconic — and increasingly economically distressed — music venues through a new program announced prior to Thursday’s City Council meeting.Mayor Steve Adler announced the…

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City launches affordable parking program, raises meter rates

In a striking display of balance, the city’s Transportation Department will both raise downtown parking meter rates and launch a pilot program that aims to ease parking burdens for downtown service industry workers – all in one fell swoop.First, the…

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Can Austin help save Austin music?

Amid concerns that Austin’s rising costs may be driving out the music industry that has been so integral to the city’s popularity, Austin Music People released its Biennial White Paper yesterday. As a supplement to the paper’s extensive policy recommendations,…

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Industry leaders discuss policy potentials to secure Austin’s music scene

People active in the Austin music business gathered Thursday at a studio space on East Fifth Street to talk about issues inhibiting the growth and sustainability of the city’s music life – a talk organizers called “State of the Arts,”…

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City seeks to “empower” Red River district

With news spreading about the struggles of several music venues in Austin’s Red River Cultural District, many have raised concerns about the future of the area’s identity. Meanwhile, the city is rolling out a new plan that could help give…

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