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Palm District? TBD
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano
Austin’s Convention Center, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Waller Creek, Rainey Historic District, Brush Square and Palm School have all been topics of (sometimes fierce) discussion over the years. Now, according to a City Council Message Board post from Council Member Kathie Tovo, they might be part of a planning process that will solidify them all into the “Palm District,” with a promise of a master planning process to come. Tovo writes, “Over the course of many years, we have had disparate, fragmented planning around these assets, and I believe we have a unique opportunity right now to bring together the various groups who have deep and vested ties in this area along with the many new individuals and businesses that now call this area home. As a city, we have an opportunity before us to create a meaningful, comprehensive, and potentially healing plan that rights some of the wrongs that have resulted in stranded cultural resources, impaired mobility, and divided communities.” Tovo goes on to explain that, over the next few weeks, she and Council Member Pio Renteria will work to solicit feedback on how to create a master plan, with a working draft resolution embedded below.