Last Fall, the Downtown Austin Alliance invited area residents to share their ideas for what downtown could look like in 20 years, Community Impact reports.
Wednesday, the Alliance revealed its “Downtown Austin Vision” based on the insights it learned from 3,000 answers from Austinites in 75 different zip codes. Responses were given in response to online surveys and “community’s table events” where participants drew what they wanted downtown to look like on wooden blocks, which were then assembled into a table.
23 percent of those who answered the survey said they love downtown and 48 percent said they like it a lot. Major concerns about downtown cited included affordability, walkability, traffic congestion, and maintaining its unique character.
The Downtown Austin Vision focuses on four high-level priorities: creating a thriving center for business and community life, having welcoming places, growing neighborhoods, and leading mobility through innovative transportation alternatives.
The Downtown Austin Alliance feels 20 years is long enough to provide time to make changes and reach goals, but short enough to feel like it’s not too far in the distant future.
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