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Downtown Alliance Vice President of Urban Design on Block 185
April 2, 2019


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In an interview with KXAN on the much-talked-about Block 185 project, our VP of Urban Design, Michele Van Hyfte gave her take on the demand for office space downtown and the new trends. She confirmed the increase of balcony, pedestrian, and cyclist-friendly development would be beneficial to downtown, saying;

"This diversity and a mix of more types of office space are very good for downtown businesses and very good for downtown Austin's economy and it's prosperity." 


Van Hyfte explained the priority for the Downtown Alliance to find more ways to allow people to get around downtown – from overhauling Austin's land use code to engaging in the discussion around Austin's Strategic Mobility Plan. See the full interview here!