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We want Austin to be the absolute best version of itself. It’s crucial that we—along with other city and community entities—guide and shape our city’s growth in a way that’s responsible to current and future Austinites.

Our team’s deliberate planning, urban design expertise, and enthusiastic collaboration address both present needs and our hope for the future. People who live, work and visit downtown benefit immediately from our daily services. On an ongoing basis, the whole of the city will see wide-ranging and long-term benefits from important partnerships and transformative projects.

Mobility & Parking

I-35 Cap and Stitch

As TxDOT considers lowering the immense highway that has divided our community for decades, the Downtown Austin Alliance is partnering with the City of Austin and a diverse group of Austin leaders to co-create a shared vision for caps and stitches that builds on this investment to ensure the best outcomes for all Austinites.

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Downtown Circulator Study Recommendations

The Downtown Austin Alliance partnered with Capital Metro, the Austin Transportation Department, and other key stakeholders to develop an implementation plan for a transit circulator to improve downtown mobility and enhance connectivity with adjacent districts. Over the course of the study, which was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, an additional goal emerged: support the economic recovery of downtown businesses and institutions.

Review Report

Downtown Parking Strategy

Our team developed the first-ever comprehensive inventory of downtown parking spaces leading to the formulation of nineteen short- and long-term improvement strategies. We're working to implement these strategies through partnerships and programs like the Affordable Parking Program.

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SOCO Parking Study

The City has contracted with the Downtown Alliance to coordinate the SOCO Parking Study. From the data collected, actionable solutions will be designed to address the parking challenges in the area, reduce the burden on residents caused by increased parking demand, and ensure the continued economic prosperity of local businesses. Stay tuned for the release of the draft recommendations this fall.

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People & Places

Innovation District

Austin’s Innovation District capitalizes on the talent and vitality of our city to create a one-of-a-kind neighborhood. The Downtown Alliance is proud to be one of the founding entities of the District—a place where innovators, incubators, and businesses co-locate and discover new ways to build inclusive economic growth.

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Congress Avenue

We are deeply connected to the past, present and future of Congress Avenue. Explore its history through Our Austin Story, learn about the direct services we provide in the present via our Ambassadors and read about progress with the Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative.

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Our Austin Story

Learn the story of Austin through the lens of our historic squares and Congress Avenue. This project documents the stories of the people and places who shaped these civic spaces and offers an important historical perspective for today's Austin.

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South Central Waterfront

Across the lake from downtown is Austin's South Central Waterfront area. We’ve been involved in the planning of this district for years and will have a seat at the table as this district comes to life with new mixed-use developments, housing, waterfront parks, and other amenities.

Cypress + Shoal

We are partnering with the Shoal Creek Conservancy to enhance the Cypress + Shoal gateway—a key connection between the heart of downtown and the emerging Seaholm District. In order to meet the increased use we anticipate, our 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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Urban Greenbelt

Great cities have great parks—places where people can stroll and picnic and enjoy the beautiful Austin weather. We’re collaborating with a number of partners to develop a connected urban greenbelt that wends its way between major and smaller parks, creating a walkable and accessible park system for everyone.

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