The 2nd Street District consists of six downtown blocks, mostly owned by the City, fronting West 2nd Street. The City developed the District from 2000 to 2012 through a series of public-private partnerships with the intent to bring a dense, walkable urban experience to downtown Austin. By 2017, the District hosted more than: 600 residences, 250 hotel rooms, 3,000 jobs and 175,000 square feet of retail space. With the essential support of community leaders and private partners, the 2nd Street District has surpassed expectations for a world-class destination to live, work, shop and dine a
The Seaholm Development District is a former industrial section of southwest downtown Austin that has undergone a dramatic transformation into a vibrant, mixed-use urban neighborhood.
In November 2006, City of Austin voters approved funding for select cultural facilities in the community. Zachary Theatre was awarded $10 million in bond funds towards the design and construction of the new 427-seat Topfer theatre on their campus at South Lamar and Riverside Drive. Their capital campaign also raised over $20 million towards the new theatre, which opened in fall of 2012.