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The Palm District is a dynamic part of downtown Austin, serving as both a gateway to visitors and an area of cultural significance for the Mexican-American community. A holistic and actionable plan for the eastern half of downtown has been our long-time priority. We are engaged with the City of Austin and Waterloo Greenway on a Palm District Planning Process to address major challenges and opportunities in the area while delivering a robust funding and implementation strategy.

These efforts will tie together initiatives that support the completion of Waterloo Greenway, address connectivity and community needs in the Rainey Street area, preserve the Palm School, preserve and enhance the Red River Cultural District, develop the Fifth Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor, build out the Innovation District, expand the Convention Center and renovate Brush Square.

Palm District map

Community Engagement

The SpeakUp Austin! Webpage includes information about engagement opportunities, including a survey, an interactive map, and information about virtual community visioning forums held in June.

The Visioning stage of the planning process extends from the spring through summer of 2021.

We encourage you to explore the Palm District study area, complete surveys to share input, and help shape the district's future.

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Austin’s Innovation District

Austin's Innovation District connects communities, businesses, and health care providers/systems. It taps into the region's network of innovators, companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and nonprofits for the benefit of the entire community.

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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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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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Photo credit: Jordan-Ellison. [Palm Elementary School]photograph192X; ( May 13, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

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