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Troublesome alley gets cleaned up

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Club owners in the Red River Cultural District are expressing reserved optimism at the progress made on cleaning up an alley between Seventh and Eighth streets that has long been a hotbed of criminal activity. At last week’s Music Commission meeting, Cody Cowan, executive director of the district, said the alley has been boarded off, cleaned and graded, and showed a marked improvement after years of being used for selling and using drugs, soliciting prostitution and as a repository for human waste. Cowan said a gate system will be installed to allow emergency response crews into the alley when needed, and that the district is looking for the budgetary resources to install murals on the building exteriors along the alley. “Right now it is probably the cleanest an alley has ever been in the history of Austin,” he said.

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