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There can be no true progress without collaboration and communication. Within the city of Austin, there is a legion of stakeholders, policymakers, engaged property owners and businesses who are impacted by and working on the downtown of the future.

As part of our core function, the Downtown Austin Alliance advocates for the downtown district and connects with the appropriate parties across the spectrum to get things done the right way.  We also invest in and help fund others’ efforts that align with the best interests of our downtown area and the city at large.

State Legislative Advocacy

We support legislation that reflects the strategic priorities in our Downtown Austin Vision. This includes, but isn't limited to, legislation that protects economic development tools; funding that directly benefits parks, open space, trails and tourism; efforts to meet critical social needs; and increased investment in transit and new technologies to enhance mobility.

Housing First

We advocate for and support “housing first” developments as part of our broad efforts to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Housing First is a nationally-recognized best practice that moves people experiencing homelessness into a permanent affordable home. Once people are in safe, stable, permanent housing, they’re connected to services and the community.

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Cypress + Shoal Creek

We are partnering with the Shoal Creek Conservancy to enhance and connect the Cypress + Shoal gateway—a key connection between the heart of downtown and the emerging Seaholm District. In order to meet this anticipated increased use, the vision includes a new public plaza at the 1927 trestle, an improved bike and pedestrian pathway across the creek, and visitor information and signage.

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Homelessness Initiatives

The Downtown Austin Alliance is committed to understanding and improving the lives of those experiencing homelessness. We broadly address their needs and work to mitigate the negative impacts of homelessness for people who live, work and visit downtown.

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Land Development Code

The land development code is a roadmap for how Austin will develop. It determines what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (or cannot) be built. However, the effects are seen beyond buildings as it impacts everything from transportation and outdoor signage to public space, first floor uses, walkability, and watershed protection. The new LDC will align future development with the goals of the Imagine Austin, Downtown Austin Plan, Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, and other plans to guide future growth. 

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Austin Strategic Mobility Plan

Downtown has to lead the way on innovative urban transportation. We help make that a reality by advocating for initiatives like the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP), recently adopted by City Council. The ASMP aims to decrease the number of solo commuters from 74% to 50% over the next 20 years by moving people to alternative transportation options.

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Supporting H.A.L.O.

Downtown is busy at all hours of the day and night. Through a grant, the Downtown Austin Alliance helped fund High Activity Location Observation (HALO) cameras—which give officers a bird's eye view of the downtown area so they can respond in real time.

Sobering Center

The Downtown Alliance was a key stakeholder in the planning, approval, and creation of the Sobering Center. The Center provides an appropriate place for people who are publicly intoxicated to become sober. This is a cost-effective alternative to jail or hospital emergency rooms. It also requires significantly less time, which frees up police and EMS resources to address more serious issues.

Sobering Center

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