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Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Downtown

November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are the trifecta of holidays happening hitting us next. Your support of our local businesses helps us Keep Austin Weird. Here is how to support local this week. Thanksgiving Foxy’s Proper Pub: Thanksgiving dinner...

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Homelessness Initiatives Downtown

November 10, 2021

Community First! Update Our contributions to Community First! Village have now reached the $1 million mark. In 2017, our board approved a pledge to donate $2 million over ten years to support the nearly $120 million capital campaign to develop phases...

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Getting I-35 Right is Vital for Austin’s Community and Economy

October 28, 2021

By Dewitt Peart For over 25 years, the Downtown Austin Alliance has collaborated with community partners to champion solutions to the complex challenges our city faces. Great places don’t just happen—they are built by people and organizations that care deeply...

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Finest Festivals of Austin

October 5, 2021

Even the most average days in Austin always have something fun going. If you want to ramp up the excitement in your life about twenty notches, come to Austin during a festival. Here are some of the fun festivals that...

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Make the Best of ACL Downtown

September 29, 2021

Austin City Limits Music Festival is known around the world, bringing in visitors from all over. Passes sold out in record times this year, but even if you don’t have tickets to the festival, there are other fun ways to...

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Live Music Venues

September 14, 2021

Austin is known as The Live Music Capital of the World. Our city has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else. Let’s recognize the wonderful places that helped Austin get that name, the live music venues. Here is...

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Vegan and Vegetarian Places Downtown

September 8, 2021

Dietary restrictions can make going out to eat challenging, especially when you’re meeting with someone who does not eat a similar diet. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, here are some places that have great plant-based options that are...

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The Dog Blog: Pet Friendly Places

August 26, 2021

We want to spend as much time with our furry best friends as possible, but it isn’t always easy when you want to venture somewhere other than a dog park. Downtown is full of great places to spend time with...

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Meet the Team: Angela Navarro

August 3, 2021

The Downtown Austin Alliance has a new addition to our team: Angela Navarro. Originally from New Jersey, Angela has called Austin home for the last three years. She is our new Community Outreach Coordinator and will be supporting public engagement...

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Public Safety Forum Recap

July 27, 2021

The Downtown Austin Alliance and Austin City Council Member Kathie Tovo hosted a virtual public safety forum on July 26, 2021 to gain insight from our panelists into the justice process. They discussed systems and procedures, interagency communication and coordination...

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Your Guide to Staying Active in Downtown Austin

July 22, 2021

The benefits of regular physical activity are nearly endless, among them lowering your blood pressure, improving your mood and reducing your risk for a variety of health conditions. Once you find the motivation, you can go down our list of...

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Fun and Games in Downtown Austin

July 19, 2021

There is nothing quite like a little fun and games to break up our regular routines. Some of us have agile fingers and quick reflexes with a controller, perfect for virtual play. Others prefer to exercise their gray matter and challenge...

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Where to Find Unique Gifts in Austin’s Downtown

July 15, 2021

When it comes to gift giving, anniversaries, holidays, birthdays, housewarmings and other celebrations that come up on the regular may leave you feeling tapped out. The search for the perfect gift can often feel like an overwhelming task. Whether gift-giving...

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How to Find an Austin FC Watch Party Downtown

July 12, 2021

Austin has its first professional sports team, and Matthew McCounaughey isn’t the only person who’s excited about it. If you can’t score a ticket to an upcoming game at Q2 Stadium, or it’s an away game, don’t worry. There are...

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Best Spots for Brunch in Austin’s Downtown

July 7, 2021

You could argue that brunch is a lifestyle. Perhaps it’s a fun outing with friends, a chance to snag a reservation at one of the newest places in downtown Austin or simply an answer for what to do if you...

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Meet the Team: Walter Gonzales

June 28, 2021

The Downtown Austin Alliance recently welcomed a new staff member to our team: Walter Gonzales. A native Austinite, Walter will lead our government relations efforts at the organization. Learn more about our new employee, Walter’s background and favorite spots downtown....

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What to Do on a Rainy Day in Austin

June 24, 2021

You know the drill: you have fun day planned in downtown Austin. Out of nowhere, a Texas thunderstorm rolls in and you are back in planning mode again. Don’t let the clouds spoil your adventure. When you need a plan...

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Austin 4th of July Fireworks & Downtown Events

June 21, 2021

The summer of 2021 is off to a promising start, as the Austin Symphony announced that the H-E-B July 4th Concert and Fireworks are returning this year! Here are some ideas of how to catch the Austin 4th of July...

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Ways to Cool Off in Downtown Austin

June 18, 2021

On those hot days in Austin when you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, you may find it’s difficult to get motivated to leave your house. But staying indoors all summer is not the answer, either. With one of...

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Meet the Team: Raasin McIntosh

June 15, 2021

The Downtown Austin Alliance is thrilled to bring fresh ideas and new faces on staff. This particular new hire was one of the founding board members of the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation. Find out a bit more about our new...

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2021 Austin Pride Month Events in Downtown

June 10, 2021

June is Pride Month, and there is no shortage of ways to celebrate in downtown Austin! Check out our insider guide for Austin Pride in 2021 for the destinations, events, and businesses supporting the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. Gather...

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How to Celebrate Father’s Day in Austin’s Downtown

June 8, 2021

Ask most dads, and they will tell you that while they enjoy the gifts on Father’s Day, they treasure the time spent with families, making memories. On this Father’s Day weekend, we invite you to spend time rediscovering downtown, whether...

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Best Pool Day Passes in Austin’s Downtown

June 6, 2021

Given the relentless Texas sun, it’s no wonder that Austinites prefer to spend a hot day emerged in water. Lucky for us, there are plenty of places downtown to cool off. Here are our picks of the best pool passes...

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Downtown Austin’s “Front of House” Ready for Residents and Visitors

May 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on many downtown businesses, particularly in the hospitality and tourism industries. With vaccination rates climbing and Austin-Travis County moving to Stage 2 of the Austin Public Health Risk-Based Guidelines, the economic recovery is...

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Best Downtown Happy Hours in Austin

May 28, 2021

It’s no secret that the best days end with a happy hour. Downtown Austin has many options to grab a drink with friends or colleagues after work or before a show or performance. Here are our picks for the best...

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Public Order Ordinances Implementation Forum Recap

May 27, 2021

The Downtown Austin Alliance hosted a virtual panel discussion on May 24, 2021 on how the public order ordinances, which went into effect after the May 1 special election, will be implemented and upheld. Our panelists included City Manager Spencer...

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Come Downtown for Memorial Day Weekend In Austin

May 24, 2021

Thank you to our veterans and active members of the military. We are extremely grateful for your service to our country. After searching high and low, we have found some amazing ways to celebrate Memorial Day weekend in downtown Austin....

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Emergency Repair Contractors

February 18, 2021

Resources for Business: Winter Storm Emergency Contractors We are working with our partners to provide emergency contractor resources to the business and residential community, and are updating this page on a regular basis. If you have a resource you would...

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Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation presents second installment of Writing on the Walls

December 7, 2020

Published December 7, 2020 Urban art series to result in four new murals on Bouldin Creek The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation is partnering with Manifold Real Estate, Oak Pointe Real Estate and Michael Hsu Architecture to install four murals on...

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Voters Approved Two Major Transportation Propositions

November 16, 2020

Published November 10, 2020 Last week, voters approved two ballot measures that will shape the future of public transit and transportation in Austin. By voting in favor of Proposition A, voters approved a property tax increase that will help partially...

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Downtown Austin Alliance makes fourth $200,000 grant payment to Community First! Village

November 16, 2020

Official Press Release Published November 16, 2020   Donation is part of 10-year, $2 million pledge made in 2017 The Downtown Austin Alliance announced its fourth $200,000 donation to Mobile Loaves & Fishes for Community First! Village, the master-planned development...

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Do you have a plan to vote?

October 23, 2020

Election Day is here! See these Travis County voter resources, tips, local deals, and more. Find a convenient location and check wait times before you head to the polls Here’s where you can vote downtown: Austin Recreation Center 1301 Shoal...

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Have a Howling Halloween with These Themed Activities

October 23, 2020

Published October 22, 2020 Know Before You Go Scary good tips for a zero-waste Halloween at home (City of Austin) COVID-19 Safety During Halloween and Día de los Muertos (City of Austin) Planning to trick or treat this year? Local...

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Perceptions of Downtown During the Pandemic

October 8, 2020

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Downtown Austin Alliance Receives International Recognition for Excellence in Urban Place Management

October 6, 2020

Official Press Release Published October 6, 2020 The Downtown Austin Alliance (Downtown Alliance) and the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation (Foundation) were recognized by the International Downtown Association (IDA) with Downtown Achievement Awards of Excellence for its work and initiatives related...

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Light Up Purple this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 5, 2020

Published October 5, 2020 Now more than ever, with increased isolation due to stay at home safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic; residents, businesses, and agencies across the area are strongly encouraged to show their support for domestic violence survivors....

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9 Ways to Enjoy a Socially-Distanced Day Downtown

September 24, 2020

Now that it’s officially Fall, get outside, enjoy the cooler weather, and experience downtown with this list of recommendations for socially-distanced activities for all ages!   1. Plan a Socially distanced visit to Republic Square Visit and learn about the Auction...

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Downtown Austin Alliance to develop and lead a “Roadmap to Recovery”

September 24, 2020

Official Press Release Published September 24, 2020 Economic recovery and resiliency strategy will align with Downtown Vision AUSTIN, Texas – The Downtown Austin Alliance (Downtown Alliance) will create a strategic and comprehensive plan for downtown that will spark and guide...

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Near-Term Phase Bike Lanes Working Toward a Community-Driven Congress Ave

September 21, 2020

Several weeks ago, Austin Transportation creating temporary protected bike lanes along both sides of Congress Avenue designated with cones from Riverside to 11th Street. Based on positive community feedback and increased cyclist safety, the pilot was deemed successful! As such,...

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SAVES Fund to Help Live Music Play On Post-Pandemic

September 17, 2020

The Downtown Austin Alliance represents over 900 downtown property owners and 96,000 employees, wrote to the City of Austin asking to support Item 62 on this week’s Council agenda. Live music is the lifeblood of our downtown economy. Studies show...

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Spread Kindness and Provide Essentials to People Experiencing Homelessness

September 11, 2020

The Downtown Austin Alliance and Downtown Ambassadors continue working to address the welfare of individuals experiencing homelessness during the pandemic with Project Outreach, an extension of the Downtown Ambassadors’ mission to help keep downtown vibrant and to ensure the health and safety of...

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Downtown Developments: Recent Updates on Data, Construction, and Projections

September 9, 2020

With 26 projects underway and 25 more in the pipeline, downtown development won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Michele Van Hyfte, our vice president of urban design, spoke with KVUE’s Bryce Newberry last week on the state of downtown development....

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What You Need to Know for Celebrating Labor Day in Austin

September 4, 2020

LOCAL FOOD & DRINKS Where to Find Labor Day Takeout Specials in Austin (Eater Austin) Featuring Salt & Time: The East Austin butcher shop is offering a whole bunch of at-home cooking/grilling meats for Labor Day weekend, from burgers to rib-eyes...

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Enjoy Dinner and a Show at the Downtown Drive-in

September 1, 2020

The Blue Starlite Drive-in is Officially Open! Check out the lineup of movies and list of participating downtown restaurants to order dinner for pick up or delivery before the show! Get Tickets Today! PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS Salt & Time Hours Wednesday/Thursday:...

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A Guide to Our Future 35

August 28, 2020

Our Future 35 is a new engagement series and online tool intended to kick-start the process of co-creating a community vision for the I-35 corridor, focusing on how to guide and build on TxDOT’s investment to achieve positive outcomes for...

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Presenting: The Skyline Drive-In Theater

August 24, 2020

Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation Presents the Skyline Drive-In Theater In Partnership with Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in Theater

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Commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

August 18, 2020

August 18 “I think it’s a very important message and there’s a lot that women have been through in the past century and there’s still a lot to achieve, but you know, there’s always these big steps that makes a...

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City of Austin COVID-19 Relief Programs

August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020 RENT Assistance Program Applications Open tomorrow, August 19 at 8:00 through January 2021 The RENT Application Portal (opens 8:00 am tomorrow) RENT Community Outreach Grant Dashboard City of Austin RENT Program Community Outreach Grants: Offering $400,000 to...

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Facing the Past of I-35 to Create a New Future Together

August 18, 2020

Photo Credit: David Brendan Hall What comes to mind with you think of I-35? Traffic, protests, segregation? If you could push a button and transform I-35 into something new, what would it be? A massive park, a wider highway, a...

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Downtown Austin Alliance Staff and Board Tour Waterloo Park Construction Site

August 14, 2020

Downtown Austin Alliance staff and board members toured the Waterloo Park construction site and marveled at the progress being made. Located between 12th and 15th Streets along Red River, Waterloo Park will soon be home to 11 acres of welcoming...

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Reopening Guidance for Austin Music Venues to Support COVID-19 Recovery

August 14, 2020

In partnership with the City of Austin, the Austin cohort of the Reopening Every Venue Safely (REVS) campaign has released a best practices guide outlining practical actions venue owners and operators can undertake when they decide it is time to reopen safely....

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COVID-19: Ways to Help

August 14, 2020

Sign a petition from the Independent Restaurant Coalition supporting the RESTAURANTS Act to protect restaurants with less than 20 locations and $1.5M or less in revenue. The legislation would create a grant fund of $120B for independent restaurants to cover rent, food, payroll,...

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96,396 Reasons Why We Support Project Connect

August 14, 2020

At last week’s joint meeting with the Capital Metro board, Austin City Council voted to advance Project Connect on its path to a potential November election. We fully support the proposed finance and governance models, including the 8.75-cent tax rate...

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Downtown Alliance Launches Project H20 to Help Our Unhoused Neighbors

August 14, 2020

We’ve partnered with community and city organizations to assist people experiencing homelessness in downtown through an initiative called Project H20. Beginning this past weekend, our Downtown Ambassadors will be providing water, masks, and information about additional resources to those facing homelessness....

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4th of July Weekend: Closures, Celebrations, and Safety Tips

July 3, 2020

CLOSURE NOTICE All City of Austin parks, recreation facilities, and cultural centers, including Republic Square, will be closed for the holiday weekend beginning tonight at 10:00 pm. Parks will reopen on Monday at 5:00 am, but all facilities and park amenities will remain...

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Report: COVID-19 Impact on the Downtown Office Market and Tenants

July 2, 2020

We recently surveyed downtown property owners, managers, developers and tenants to understand the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the downtown office market. We interviewed 11 individuals from 10 different companies representing more than 10.5 million square feet...

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Celebrating Juneteenth in Austin 2020

June 19, 2020

Published June 19 2020 Activities for Celebrating Juneteenth Both Online and In-person Throughout the Weekend! Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. The date commemorates June 19,...

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Tune in for Our One-Time Television Special on the Future of Downtown Austin

June 19, 2020

Watch The Future of Downtown Austin Airing this Sunday, June 21, at 10:30 pm Directly following the 10:00 pm news on both KXAN and KVUE.   Tune in this Sunday night for our rescheduled special television program about the future...

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Our Commitment to a Downtown for All

June 18, 2020

Making downtown a safe and welcoming place for all remains our priority. Now is the time to take greater action. We will answer the call, reaffirm our longstanding commitment to addressing community problems, and make a new commitment to review all we are doing and how we can be a more effective community partner for enduring change.

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The Downtown Austin Alliance Continues Support of Civic Engagement Downtown

June 2, 2020

A statement from the Downtown Austin Alliance: We are heartbroken by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Ramos and too many others who have faced injustice for generations. Downtown Austin has long been a gathering place...

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Explore This Year’s Annual Report & Watch Our Year in Review Video

May 15, 2020

Explore our first-ever, interactive annual report! Each year, we produce an Annual Report to update on progress toward making our community’s collective vision for downtown a reality through the hard work of our team. See the progress we made this...

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Watch our 2020 Annual Meeting

May 14, 2020

This year we held our Annual Meeting of Members virtually.  We gathered online to hear from Dewitt Peart, our president and CEO, and Mike Kennedy, our outgoing board chair, as they reported on our progress toward the goals in our...

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Come Back Downtown, Downtown Comeback Weekly Giveaways!

May 12, 2020

For the next several weeks, we will be giving away five $100 gift cards each week to support downtown businesses and to encourage Austinites to enjoy downtown activities safely. Enter to win by following us on Instagram and tagging friends...

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Resources for Individuals & Families

April 19, 2020

Updated 05/13/20 Food, Housing & Child Care Free child care Available for Frontline Workers in Texas Call 2-1-1 or go online to get help finding food, housing, child care, and other services. Use ConnectATX to find up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 emergency food. Use United...

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Resources for Austin Businesses

April 19, 2020

Updated 05/13/20 Resources + More Information on new Restrictions and Requirements for businesses as part of the May 8 Update to Stay Home–Work Safe Orders: Checklists for business owners and customers detailing the rules of reopening Details on businesses’ activity...

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Download the Downtown Austin Coloring Book!

April 10, 2020

Download the Downtown Austin Coloring Book by local artists and designer Becca Borrelli to get creative and relieve stress. Start Coloring!

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Ideas for Celebrating Easter at Home

April 6, 2020

Easter Menus from Downtown & Neighboring Restaurants CRU Easter Brunch To Go  Salt & Time Walk-Up Orders for Easter Easy Tiger Easter Specials Available Saturday & Sunday Emmer & Rye Easter Feasts for 4 Available for Pick up or Delivery...

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A Message from Our Board Chair

April 3, 2020

Dear Downtown Austin Alliance Members, My hope is that you, your family, employees and friends are safe and healthy, and remain so through this unsettling time in our history. It’s difficult to watch the changes unfold to what we considered normal...

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Apply for Financial Relief for Your Small Business

April 2, 2020

We are committed to providing the information and resources you need to navigate the challenges of this unprecedented time. Updated: 4/5/20 As small businesses in our community face uncertainty about the future, we want to share information about federal programs...

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COVID-19 Construction Industry Updates

April 1, 2020

Updated 4/2/2020 An email today from the Development Services Department stated, “Consistent with the Governor’s orders, all construction is considered essential. Committee review is no longer required to determine eligibility for project continuation.” This comes as the City released additional...

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How to Celebrate Women’s History Month From Home

March 31, 2020

Don’t let Women’s History Month pass you by! Commemorate the contributions of women throughout history with these three online resources:  1.  Austin History Center’s online exhibition highlighting local women who have played a significant role in politics in Texas’ capital...

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5 Ways to #MuseumMonday From Home

March 30, 2020

Photo: Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0 Here are five ways to explore art, photography, history and more while supporting downtown museums from home! Art Where You Are: Explore the Blanton’s Collection Discover Texas History Online with the Bullock Museum’s Online Interactives...

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Resources for Individuals, Families & Businesses During COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Updated: 5/13/20 Find the Resources You Need:             Modifications Made on May 8 to the Stay Home Orders continue to: Ask individuals to stay home and refrain from attending social gatherings of any size outside...

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How You Can Help: Giving Back During COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Updated: 05/13/20 The City of Austin and Travis County have issued a public health order requiring non-essential individuals to stay at home, except for essential work and activities, as well as closing business deemed non-essential. Local businesses deemed both essential...

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Ideas for Staying Active & Connected

March 23, 2020

Updated: 05/13/20 New requirements with the Stay Home-Work Safe order extension through May 30 for the City of Austin and June 15 for Travis County requires all individuals to continue to: Ask individuals to stay home and refrain from attending...

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Essentials: Food, Transportation & Services during COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Updated: 05/13/20 Downtown & nearby grocery stores & pharmacies Check their websites or call for the latest information and adjusted hours. Royal Blue Grocery: 7:00 AM-11:59 PM | Delivery and Curbside Available (Congress Ave. store is temporarily closed) Whole Foods...

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Giveaway (CLOSED): Win a Free Night at the LINE

March 9, 2020

In celebration of Austin’s new largest mural taking shape–we’re giving away a free night at the LINE, home to the women’s empowerment-themed mural! To enter to win: Like this post Follow us @downtownaustin and the LINE @thelinehotel Tag a wonderful...

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National Experts Present Preliminary Recommendations for the Future of I-35

March 9, 2020

On Friday, February 28, we gathered at the historic Huston-Tillotson University to hear the preliminary findings from the Urban Land Institute panel. After a week of touring the project area, interviewing community leaders, and studying the corridor, the panelists prepared...

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Live Webinar: ULI Panel Public Presentation

February 26, 2020

A group of nationally renowned land use, urban planning, and transportation experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be making recommendations next week to the City of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance on capping the I-35 freeway and...

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PRESS RELEASE: The Downtown Austin Alliance creates a foundation as it launches inaugural arts event

February 24, 2020

                                        Writing on the Walls debuts next month producing the largest mural in Austin AUSTIN, Texas – The Downtown Austin Alliance’s...

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Downtown Safety Measures Prepares Stakeholders for Spring Festival Season

February 17, 2020

Representatives from SXSW, Austin Police Department, Austin Transportation Department, Capital Metro and UT Athletics joined us at last week’s Downtown Safety Measures event to help downtown stakeholders prepare for the busy Spring Festival Season. We heard details on upcoming events,...

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PRESS RELEASE: Downtown Austin Alliance encourages community to help transform I-35 through central Austin

February 13, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas – The Downtown Austin Alliance (Downtown Alliance) has embarked on a community-driven effort to develop a roadmap for transforming the land and streetscape surrounding I-35 through central Austin. One of the first steps in the process is to...

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6 Places to Spend Valentines Day Downtown

February 11, 2020

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Theatre Master Pancake screening of Amélie Enjoy a screening of Amélie paired with live comedy The Blanton Museum Valentine’s Weekend Special: Buy One Get One! Easy Tiger’s Valentine’s Date Night Pretzel Party at Learn how to make...

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5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month Downtown

February 11, 2020

February 10-22: Celebrate Black History Month at Austin Public Library February 15-22: Barbara Jordan Exhibit at the Texas Capitol February 22: Black History Month Concert at UT Butler School of Music February 23: 3rd Annual Celebrating Our Black Photoshoot +...

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ATX Helps Continues Fundraising Efforts to Open Temporary Shelter

February 11, 2020

ATX Helps, a coalition led by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Austin Alliance, continues to raise funds in order to bring a first-step navigation center to Austin.   “ATX Helps will be able to start construction and...

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Republic Square Ranked in the Best of Austin

February 3, 2020

Austin Fit Magazine readers voted in a variety of categories for some of their favorite workouts, eateries, and other components that make up a fit and healthy lifestyle. Republic Square was recognized by voters in two of the categories: Best Farmers’...

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Creek Show Call for Ideas now Open

February 3, 2020

Creek Show 2020 Call for Ideas is open now through March 9 for Austin architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers to submit their ideas for this year’s Creek Show. Six ideas will be selected by a committee of local leaders...

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Mobility News

February 3, 2020

Downtown Priority Lanes Painted Red As part of the Guadalupe/Lavaca street transit improvement project, the City and Capital Metro completed the first red paint lanes last summer. Last week, the Austin Transportation Department began adding paint to the existing transit priority...

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Attend the Austin Chamber’s Annual Meeting on February 5

February 3, 2020

The Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting event will discuss their priorities for the upcoming year, announce the Chamber board of directors and officers, and honor the Austinite and Volunteers of the year We want to congratulate long-time friend and...

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Meet Pamela Power, our New Vice President of Marketing & Communication

February 3, 2020

“The Downtown Alliance has the best of the best with Pam Power as the new vice president of marketing and communications” – Dewitt Peart, president & CEO of the Downtown Austin Alliance Throughout its 26 years, the Downtown Alliance’s efforts...

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Volunteers Help Count Homeless Population through Annual Point in Time Count

February 3, 2020

This year, several members of our staff joined more than 900 volunteers for the annual Point in Time Count, a census of the homeless population of Austin/Travis County. Between 3:00 AM and 7:00 AM on Saturday morning, volunteers set out...

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Downtown Austin Alliance & Capital City Innovation Release Innovation District Market Analysis

January 30, 2020

January 29, 2020 Technology, healthcare, and life sciences are converging in Austin’s Innovation District to create a hub of health innovation and economic growth. On January 28, we unveiled our Market Analysis, commissioned in partnership with Capital City Innovation, showing...

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Downtown Parking Pilot for Construction Site Personnel

January 14, 2020

The Austin Transportation Department is pursuing a multiyear parking pilot to reduce the impact of parking during construction at downtown sites as the result of a June 2018 City Council resolution. The upcoming pilot program will identify large-scale construction projects...

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Call for Volunteers: 2020 Point in Time Count

January 14, 2020

Join us in volunteering for this year’s Point In Time (PIT) Count. The PIT count is an annual census of the homeless population in the Austin/Travis County area. On the morning of January 25th, 2020, hundreds of volunteers will head...

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Rathgeber Center Set to Open Next Month

January 14, 2020

  Families experiencing homelessness in our community will begin moving into the Rathgeber Center next month. The brand new 212-bed shelter in East Austin will partially open in February with a plan to be fully operational in September, if adequate...

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Downtown Holiday Shopping Guide

December 12, 2019

Wrap up your holiday gift shopping in downtown Austin and find something for everyone on your list! Shop local gifts all while supporting local businesses.

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Celebrate the Holidays Downtown

December 11, 2019

Celebrate the holidays downtown with festive events, movie screenings, and more!

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Thank you for making this year’s Downtown Holiday Stroll the best yet!

December 11, 2019

Thank you for joining us at the 25th annual Downtown Holiday Stroll. The event filled Congress Avenue with the sights and sounds of the season!

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You Can Provide Shelter for Our Unhoused Neighbors this Holiday Season

December 2, 2019

“We can bring attention to this critical issue in our community and take this opportunity to rally support among our friends and the community who care about downtown and women and children in need..."

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City Council Considering New PID Policy – Reauthorization No Longer Required

December 2, 2019

Updated 12/3/19: City Council has postponed this item until January 23, 2020. The City of Austin is proposing a new policy for two types of Public Improvement Districts–Development Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) and Maintenance and Operations (M&O) PIDs–to be considered...

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Drumroll, please…Check out this year’s incredible lineup of free live music!

November 25, 2019

We're thrilled to announce that this year's Downtown Holiday Stroll will feature performances by Max Frost, Mobley ,Alesia Lani, and Love & Chaos!

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Our Austin Story Project Recognized by Preservation Austin

November 25, 2019

We are honored to share that the Downtown Austin Alliance has been awarded a special recognition for education for Our Austin Story as a part of the 2019 Preservation Merit Awards held on Friday, November 15

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Join us for our Meeting on the Updated Construction Restrictions for the 2020 Spring Festival Season

November 18, 2019

The Downtown Austin Alliance is hosting a meeting for developers and construction contractors to meet with City of Austin officials on the updated construction restrictions for the 2020 Spring Festival Season.

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Capital City Innovation Receives Emerging Innovation District Award

November 18, 2019

Austin’s Innovation District was recognized with the Emerging Innovation District Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) 2019 International Conference.

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ATX Helps Coalition Launched to Raise Funds for Immediate Shelter

November 18, 2019

Last Thursday, the Austin Chamber announced ATX Helps, a new coalition created to raise $14 million to provide immediate shelter and support services to Austinites experiencing homelessness. Learn more about immediate housing solutions, how they compliment permanent housing like the Rathgeber Center, and how you can help!

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Update & Response to Camping and Sit-lie Ordinance Amendments

October 21, 2019

On Thursday, October 17, Austin City Council approved changes to the camping and sit-lie ordinances that: prohibit camping on sidewalks prohibit camping, sitting, and lying within fifteen feet of a door jamb of a residence or a business during operating...

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Letter to the Mayor & City Council on the Proposed Amendments to Camping and Sit-Lie Ordinances

October 14, 2019

The Austin City Council will consider amendments to the public order ordinances at its October 17 meeting. We support recommendations that prohibit camping in areas determined to be dangerous and on sidewalks anywhere in the city. However, we believe that...

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Call for Entries: Preservation Austin 2020 Historic Homes Tour

October 9, 2019

reservation Austin’s annual homes tour in April 2020 will celebrate historic living spaces downtown.

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Support the Sobering Center on its One Year Anniversary

October 9, 2019

The community is invited to the one-year anniversary celebration and fundraiser for the Sobering Center. Enjoy live music by Newning featuring the Sobering Center’s very own, Stephen Strakowski, MD. All of the money raised will go towards advancing the mission and work of the Sobering Center.

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Join us at our Future of Downtown Parks Lunch Featuring Celebrated Planner

October 9, 2019

Hear from one of the nation's leading urban thinkers and planners, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, on how we can ensure we are creating welcoming, equitable and inclusive places for our whole community to enjoy.

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City Releases Draft of New Land Development Code: Learn more and get involved!

October 9, 2019

The City of Austin has released the first draft of a new land development code and revised zoning maps.

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Join Movability and Apply to be a Best Workplace for Commuters–it’s a win-win!

October 9, 2019

Applications are now open for the Best Workplace for Commuters 2020!

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Our Austin Story Project Recognized by Preservation Austin

October 5, 2019

We are honored to share that the Downtown Austin Alliance has been awarded a special recognition for education for Our Austin Story as a part of the 2019 Preservation Merit Awards.

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Projects Working Towards Homelessness Solutions

October 1, 2019

Learn more about two current projects that are helping individuals and families in our community who are experiencing homelessness and find out how you can get involved.

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How are you getting to ACL? Take the Free Shuttle from Republic Square!

October 1, 2019

Be sure to know all of your ride options and plan your trip before ACL kicks off next week. We suggest taking the free official ACL shuttles from Republic Square!

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Community Leaders and Advocates Gathered to Launch Transit for Austin

October 1, 2019

Yesterday, community members, business leaders, and advocates gathered at the Austin Central Library for the launch of Transit for Austin, a new coalition in support of comprehensive, rapid transit system for Austin.

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Proposed Amendments to Public Order Ordinances

September 17, 2019

We have been working closely with the Mayor and City Council on amendments to the public order ordinances that will be discussed during a special meeting of City Council on Wednesday, September 18. We submitted the following letter to Mayor Adler and City Council this morning with our recommendations for adjustments to the ordinances.

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Do You Know About Our Downtown Safety Services?

September 12, 2019

Our mission at the Downtown Austin Alliance is to create, preserve and enhance the value and vitality of downtown Austin – That’s why our Downtown Ambassadors provide safety escort services between the hours of 6 AM – 11 PM every day of the week!

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In Light, A Site-Specific Aerial Dance Performance at the IBC Bank Building

September 12, 2019

Since 2005, the company has danced on federal buildings, a power plant, inside and outside, bungee jumped over water, and on columns under on the IH35 bridge, on hotels, a bank and on 120’ stacks. Don't miss this unique dance experience!

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Explore Austin’s Museums for Free on Austin Museum Day

September 12, 2019

Austin Museum Day is a celebration of art, culture history, music, nature, and science. Enjoy a free day at participating downtown museums!

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Mobility & Transportation News

September 12, 2019

Take a survey on the Austin Trails Pilot Program, check out this new resource for sustainable transportation options in Austin, and don't forget about the temporary road closures and bike lane shift along 4th St.!

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Waller Creek Conservancy is Now Waterloo Greenway

September 12, 2019

Waller Creek Conservancy is now Waterloo Greenway! The organization recently revealed its new name, brand identity, and new website at a festive celebration at Symphony Square.

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Republic Square Awarded Grant from the Central Park Conservancy

September 10, 2019

We're thrilled to announce that the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation was chosen by the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks to participate in its first-ever Partnerships Lab! This program leverages the resources and expertise of the Central Park Conservancy that will help Republic Square create and maintain a great public space.

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Press Release: Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation announces pledge to help open shelter for women, children and families

September 9, 2019

The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation pledged its financial support for the Rathgeber Center—a new, temporary emergency shelter for women with children, as well as families.

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Catch up on Recent Events Focused on Ordinances and Homelessness

September 5, 2019

Over the last several weeks, Austinites have joined city leaders and organizations to discuss the recent changes to Austin's public ordinances and learn about the city's plan to move forward with solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness. You can watch the most recent discussions and public forums by visiting the links below. 

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Updates from City Leaders: Town Hall Meeting

August 20, 2019

Everything you need to know for this Wednesday's town hall meeting, including resources provided by Mayor Steve Adler, Council Member Ann Kitchen, and the Homeless Strategy Office to get up to speed on Austin's public order ordinances before the discussion.

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Town Hall on Ordinances & Homelessness with City Leaders on August 21

August 13, 2019

Join us for a town hall meeting to discuss the recent changes to Austin's public order ordinances and the city's plan to move forward with solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness. And get up to speed with these resources before the August 21 town hall meeting.

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Join our Team! We’re Hiring a Vice President, Marketing & Communication

August 13, 2019

We're seeking an innovative and experienced professional to join our team as the Vice President of Marketing & Communication to take our marketing, communication and research efforts to the next level.

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City of Austin Advises Minimal Exposure to Lady Bird Lake

August 13, 2019

The City of Austin is advising that people and animals not drink water or expose themselves for extended periods of time to Lady Bird Lake water until further notice.

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Are You a Business Owner Downtown? Sign up to be an APD Safe Place!

August 13, 2019

Actively work with APD to initiate Safe Place, a unique partnership with the business community that serves a critical role in assisting the victims of hate/bias crime, in our community.

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Capital Metro Gears Up for Back to School with Service Changes

August 13, 2019

Capital Metro is kicking off the school year with service improvements! The majority of the following service changes will take effect on Sunday, August 22.

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Two-Way Street Conversion on 16th Street

August 13, 2019

On August 21 and 22, 16th St. between San Antonio St. and Colorado St. will undergo conversion from one, to two-way traffic patterns. There will be rolling lane closures with at least one open lane on each side.

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Ballet Austin’s Come Dance!

August 13, 2019

Ballet Austin's annual Come Dance! celebration offers free dance classes designed for all levels. Classes include Ballet, Bollywood, Cardio Dance, Cardio Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Hawaiian Dance, Jazz Funk, Jazz Fusion, Tap, and more!

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Austin Restaurant Weeks Begin this Thursday!

August 13, 2019

Enjoy special priced food and drinks from over 100 of Austin's best restaurants starting this Thursday! Find out which downtown restaurants are participating, and support the Central Texas Food Bank when you order.

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Austin Restaurant Weeks Benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank Starts August 15

August 8, 2019

Austin Restaurant Weeks is back beginning on August 15 and runs through September 2! The Central Texas Food Bank's annual fundraiser offers prix fixe meals and drinks from over 100 of Austin’s best restaurants, bars, and breweries.

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Celebrate Austin Pride Downtown this Week

August 8, 2019

Austin's Pride celebration kicks off this week with a great lineup of diverse events including the annual Pride parade on Saturday, August 10.

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New Red Bus-Only Lanes on Guadalupe & Lavaca Streets

August 8, 2019

As part of the 2016 Mobility Bond improvements and the Guadalupe Corridor Plan, Austin Transportation crews have completed adding a red bus-only lane and associated multimodal improvements to Guadalupe and Lavaca streets.

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Be Part of the Solution with Leadership Austin’s Beyond Diversity Training

August 8, 2019

The Downtown Austin Alliance is honored to have the opportunity to participate in Beyond Diversity Training as we work together toward a more equitable community. All of our employees are completing training this summer. We encourage other businesses and organizations to join us!

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Thank you, Austin for celebrating our city at Austin’s Birthday Bash!

August 8, 2019

On Saturday,  August 3, Austinites gathered at Republic Square to celebrate Austin's birthday at the second annual Austin's Birthday Bash. There was something for everyone to enjoy – live music, great local food and treats, and fun activities for the whole family.

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Town Hall on Ordinances & Homelessness with City Leaders on August 21

August 7, 2019

Join us for a town hall meeting featuring Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members to discuss the recent changes to Austin’s public order ordinances and the city’s plan to move forward with solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness Town Hall:...

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FAQs about the Recent Ordinance Changes

July 29, 2019

On July 23, we hosted a community forum on the recent changes to the camping and sit/lie ordinances. Nearly 400 hundred community members attended the event which featured a panel discussion on the impact of the changes, enforcement of the...

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Full Audio: Community Forum on Ordinance Changes

July 24, 2019

Hear a full audio recording of last night's community forum on the recent ordinance changes featuring a panel with APD, the City of Austin, and the Downtown Alliance.

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Adopt a Duck for the Sixth Annual Austin Duck Derby

July 15, 2019

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BCGAA) for the Sixth Annual Austin Duck Derby, a truly unique Austin event including a family-friendly festival and rubber duck race!

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Four Nights of Free Live Music in the Red River Cultural District

July 15, 2019

Hot Summer Nights returns to the Red River Cultural District beginning July 25!

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Spend Cool Summer Nights at the Bullock Museum

July 11, 2019

Ditch the heat with a visit to the Bullock Museum for free evenings celebrating culture, community and Texas history. Cool Summer Nights lets you discover museum content at your own pace in a relaxed, social environment.

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7 Things You Need to Know About the Micromobility Regulations Now in Effect

July 11, 2019

Check out this helpful guide to new micromobility rules from the Austin Transportation Department!

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Learn More and Share Your Ideas at Upcoming Project Connect Workshops

July 11, 2019

Capital Metro is asking people to help improve transportation in the region by sharing their ideas about different parts of the Project Connect system vision. Learn about, review and provide feedback on how the Orange Line transit corridor should operate, including the transitways and potential station types and locations.

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Mark Your Calendar: Downtown Safety Forum July 23

July 11, 2019

Join the Downtown Austin Alliance with the Austin Police Department for a community forum to discuss safety-related topics in downtown Austin, specifically focused on the recent ordinance changes.

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You’re Invited! Second Annual Austin’s Birthday Bash at Republic Square

July 11, 2019

The Downtown Austin Alliance proudly presents the second annual Austin's Birthday Bash at Republic Square on August 3. Join us for a free celebration of the city we love with live music, great food, and fun activities for all ages. 

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Celebrate the 4th of July Downtown

July 2, 2019

Families from across Central Texas will celebrate Independence Day at Vic Mathias Shores at the H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks! You don’t want to miss this amazing fireworks display over the downtown skyline accompanied by patriotic classics performed by...

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Downtown Mobility Updates

June 27, 2019

Last month, new sidewalks and a new shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path were completed on Guadalupe between 18th St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Austin Transportation Department also plans to convert 17th and 18th streets between San Jacinto Boulevard and Trinity Street from one-way to two-way traffic patterns.

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New Booker T. Washington Panel Unveiled at Wooldridge Square

June 27, 2019

On Juneteenth, we gathered at Wooldridge Square for the unveiling of the Booker T. Washington interpretive panel detailing the famed educator's visit to Austin in 1911.

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City Council Approves Amendments to Solicitation, Camping & Sit/Lie Ordinances

June 25, 2019

Last Thursday, the Austin City Council voted to amend ordinances on soliciting, camping, sitting and lying in public spaces. Here is what to expect when the amended ordinances go into effect on or about July 1. Learn more at a community meeting next month with APD.

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A Statement from President and CEO De Peart

June 21, 2019

Read a statement from our president and CEO De Peart in response to City Council's decision on Items 184 and 185.

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Preview Selected Creek Show 2019 Designs

June 18, 2019

The Waller Creek Conservancy’s Creek Show invited architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers to submit ideas for light-based, site-specific installations along Waller Creek. Six of the submitted ideas were selected by a committee of local leaders from the design and art community. 

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Call To Action: Public Order Ordinances

June 18, 2019

Austin is facing a homelessness crisis. We understand this growing challenge firsthand. Our organization remains committed to working towards solutions that improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness while maintaining a safe and welcoming downtown.
 

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New Mini Mural Brightens up Downtown Intersection

June 18, 2019

The City of Austin Department of Transportation teamed up with UP Art Studio to create mini-mural installations for the City’s Artbox Program. Check out the mini mural downtown and others throughout Austin!

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Republic Square’s Blackbird Receives Public Art Award

June 15, 2019

The Blackbird sculpture in Republic Square by local artists, Joseph and Holly Kincannon has been nationally recognized as part of the Americans for the Arts 2019 Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review! 

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Check Out These Creative Downtown Camps for All Ages

June 12, 2019

Still looking for the right summer camp to enroll your family in this summer? Check out these downtown programs offering creative classes – from music and acting, to creative writing and movie making!

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A Glimpse Into Austin’s Rich History: Booker T. Washington at Wooldridge Square

June 12, 2019

Join us in celebrating downtown's history by commemorating Booker T. Washington’s visit to Wooldridge Square with the unveiling of a new interpretive panel.

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5 Things You Should Know About the ASMP

June 12, 2019

See the 5 things you should know about the ASMP to learn about the steps being taken to keep Austin moving and how you can practice Transportation Conservation.

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Join Council Member Kathie Tovo for the 2019 Scooter Summit

June 12, 2019

Join City Council Member Kathie Tovo & the Austin Transportation Department for the 2019 Scooter Summit! Learn about scooter safety and test out some rides while enjoying tacos and coffee.

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Just Announced: Waller Creek Conservancy Creek Show

June 12, 2019

Creek Show will return to Waller Creek on November 7-17, 2019 for its sixth year!

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Celebrate Pride Downtown!

June 12, 2019

Although Austin officially celebrates Pride later in the summer, here are some ways you can celebrate national Pride Month and Austin's LGBT+ community this month & beyond!

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City Council could repeal or narrow controversial homeless laws

June 6, 2019

The council plans to consider repealing the city’s panhandling ordinance and narrowing the city’s camping ordinance and its “no sit/lie” ordinance.

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Austin City Council could discuss and repeal panhandling ordinance

June 6, 2019

Discussing Austin City Council's consideration to repeal and amend city ordinances, hear from Ann Howard, Executive Director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), speak on the importance of increasing housing and services while maintaining public health and safety:

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Editorial: Keep the focus on what homeless people need: Housing

June 6, 2019

Austinites share a desire to see homeless people get the help they need. The community deserves a larger discussion on how we get there — not just through ordinances, but through housing options, funding priorities and better coordinated efforts to help people out of homelessness.

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Support Funding for Immediate Shelter & Services; Community Input Critical Before Repeal of Ordinances

June 3, 2019

The Downtown Austin Alliance submitted a letter to the Mayor and Austin City Council on June 3, urging the Council to pass item 49 on the June 6 agenda to provide immediate emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness.

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Important MetroRail Update: Downtown Station Closed as of June 3

May 30, 2019

June will bring MetroRail service disruptions that will close Downtown Station for construction and force weekend service to be discontinued until the end of 2019.

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Construction Begins on Guadalupe & Lavaca Transit Improvements

May 30, 2019

Construction began to improve transit on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets. Following these changes, each bus traveling through the corridor will move approximately 18% faster, with 65 seconds saved during peak evening travel periods.

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New Board Members Announced & Annual Report Released at Annual Meeting

May 24, 2019

At our 2019 annual meeting last week, our president and CEO Dewitt Peart shared an overview of major accomplishments and updates from the 2018-19 fiscal year including progress on the Downtown Vision. Guests also heard brief presentations and remarks from Mayor Steve Adler and Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke on Project Connect.

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Resolution Re-envisions the Eastern Part of Downtown

May 23, 2019

The Austin City Council passed a comprehensive resolution that initiates bold yet thoughtful re-envisioning of the eastern portion of downtown, including among other things, the expansion of the Austin Convention Center that begins with Scenario 5 of the UT Center for Sustainable Development Convention Center Study.

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Downtown Austin Alliance welcomes Salt & Time Café to Republic Square

May 15, 2019

The Downtown Austin Alliance, along with Ben Runkle, founder of the nationally recognized local butcher shop and salumeria Salt & Time, have partnered to bring Salt & Time Café to Republic Square. The highly anticipated café is expected to open in late summer or early fall after interior build-out.

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Help Shape the Future of Austin Parks

April 23, 2019

The Austin Parks & Recreation Department invites you to join us at the second set of community meetings to review initial findings from the analysis of park, recreation, program needs in Austin, and all community input to date.

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ASMP Adopted by City Council

April 23, 2019

The Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP) was adopted by City Council on April 11. The goal outlined in the ASMP is to decrease the number of solo commuters from 74% to 50% over the next 20 years. This can be accomplished by moving people to other transportation options such as public transit, telecommuting and other solo-driving alternatives.

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Vision Zero Texas Panel Discussion and Reception this Wednesday

April 23, 2019

Learn about the progress of Vision Zero Texas efforts statewide at a free panel discussion this Wednesday at the Capitol. The event is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.

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Austin #1 in U.S. News’ Best Places to Live Ranking

April 16, 2019

U.S. News examined 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life, the job market, value of living in each metro area and people's desire to live there. Austin landed the number one spot on the list for the third year in a row with an overall ranking of 7.6/10 and desirability of 9/10. Followed by Denver in second and Colorado Springs in third.

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Art City Austin Celebrated it’s 69th Year at Republic Square

April 16, 2019

Art City Austin's return to downtown last weekend was a blast! Art Alliance Austin transformed the square into an immersive experience, showcasing Austin's creative spirit through visual, musical, and culinary arts.

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CapMetro Downtown Station Construction Update

April 10, 2019

Construction is underway on the new downtown station! As of Sunday, April 7, 4th Street will be closed from Sabine to IH-35 to accommodate work in that area.

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