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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Friday, June 2, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki
Austin’s central roadway is due for a transformation, and residents are wanted to help decide what the runway up to the state Capitol building will look like in the years to come. The Our Congress Avenue project is holding walkabout sessions today and Saturday, and seeking volunteers to help in the long-term effort, which is being led in part by the Downtown Austin Alliance. Today’s sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting from the Royal Blue Grocery and the Yeti flagship store, with a story tour from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Old Bakery and Emporium. The Saturday story tour starts at 10:30 a.m. from the Yeti store, with walkabouts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The avenue is expected to change in the coming years as the city adjusts the availability of on-street parking to better reflect use patterns and demand as transit and automobile use changes. Sidewalk width, bike usage and streetscape designs are some of the components that will be discussed during the sessions.
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