Monday, May 20, 2013

Downtown


This month, we’ll be spotlighting Downtown Austin, Texas.  The heart of the city, the Downtown Austin neighborhood stretches from Lamar Boulevard to the West, I-35 to the East, 11th Street to the North and Lady Bird Lake to the South. Downtown Austin is a popular destination for work, play and nightlife.

Downtown Austin is home to several different districts, each with their own distinct flavors.  Congress Avenue was designed by the first Mayor of Austin, Edwin Waller, to be the city’s most prominent street.  As one of the widest avenues in town, it offers a dramatic and breathtaking view of the Capitol, which tourists still consider a “must have” shot today.

Sixth Street is Austin’s famous entertainment and shopping district comprised of historic buildings converted to restaurants, bars, shops and even offices.  Sixth Street is shut down between I-35 and Congress Avenue each weekend and fills with tourists and locals looking for cheap drinks and colorful nightlife.  Special events like SXSW, the Pecan Street Festival, and the Republic of Texas Bike Rally all take over the Sixth Street District at various times of the year.

The Second Street District, just north of Lady Bird Lake and bordered by Colorado and San Antonio Streets, is a popular destination for gourmet high end dining and shopping.  Anchored by the W Hotel and Residences and the Moody Theater, home to Austin City Limits, this area really brings a big city feel to our little town.  It’s a must-stroll around Christmas time, when several of the store windows are transformed into Holiday Displays.  

Rainey Street, just south of downtown and north of Lady Bird Lake, has recently undergone a transformation from a street full of derelict old bungalows, to Bar and Restaurant Row.  Many of the old houses have been completely transformed into restaurants and bars with beautiful, large patios and outdoor seating areas.

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