On the afternoon of November 16th, Red River businesses, city staff, and additional stakeholders all gathered at Stubb’s BBQ with the hope of contributing to the future of the Red River Cultural District. The Soul-y Austin team hosted a workshop that was designed to address the major issues and concerns and opportunities regarding Red River’s economic, physical, and social characteristics. The outcomes of the workshop activities will further contribute to the development of the district plan. The district plan will play a significant role in the process of enhancing and stabilizing of the Red River corridor once the Merchant Association is formed.
The workshop kicked off with a round of introductions and later focused on small group discussions that addressed catalyst activities and policy issues. Many of the catalyst activities identified were related to physical improvements that will contribute to the beautification of the district’s streetscape. The policy and tools discussion involved specific policy recommendations that will benefit the area and help achieve the district’s vision such as modifying the sound ordinance and improving parking options.
Areas of discussion included Economic Development, Music, Arts and Culture, Connectivity and Transportation, Livability and Sustainability, Land Use and Regulations, and Green Infrastructure. Each participant had the opportunity to engage in two different table discussions over the course of one hour. From these discussions ideas surged, including like the implementation of a night market to promote economic development, launching a recycling program to encourage sustainability as part of the district identity, and to provide more lighting in the area to enhance safety and security for pedestrians.
In collaboration with other City departments, the Soul-y Austin initiative is continually exploring opportunities that will contribute to the beautification and development of Austin’s commercial corridors. The discussions that took place during the November 2015 workshop are shaping tangible goals for the Red River District and its businesses. As a live music hub in the heart of the Live Music Capital of the World, the Red River Cultural District is preparing to be the best district it can be.
Follow our blog and watch for future posts as we share the highlights of Soul-y Austin and Austin’s unique business districts. If you have questions or comments about this exciting opportunity, please contact Nicole Klepadlo, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-974-7739.