Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative

111 Congress Ave Austin

Austin's Downtown Alliance/Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative
Downtown Austin Alliance
Written By Downtown Austin Alliance

The Downtown Austin Alliance is a partnership of downtown property owners, individuals, and businesses devoted to preserving and enhancing the value and vitality of downtown Austin.

Congress Avenue is the central spine of downtown Austin, connecting Lady Bird Lake to the Texas State Capitol. Congress Avenue is arguably Austin’s most prominent street. Despite this, the Avenue has lacked the vitality and identity of a great people-centric place. The goal of the Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative is to develop an urban design and implementation strategy that results in a human-centric, multi-functional complete street with a clear and attractive identity.

The Council-adopted Downtown Austin Plan calls for improving Congress Avenue to transform it into ‘The Main Street of Texas.’ The project is made possible with funding from the City’s 2012 bond program.

In partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and community stakeholders, the City contracted with an Urban Design consultant team to help refine and realize the vision for the Congress Avenue from the Capitol to Riverside Drive.

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Over the next nine months, outreach efforts will gather input about the future development of Congress Avenue. Public events and focused meetings will allow stakeholders to participate and will give every Austinite and Texan a voice in the process. Though this project is in the earlier stages of development, with Austin's clear commitment to continuously improving its neighborhoods, it will soon be another great section in the capital city's vibrant and diverse downtown.

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