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As neighborhood President of the South River City Citizens (1996-12000 we held a urban design charrette with the assistance of five professional architects and the UT School of Architecture led by Kent Butler.The planning area was South Congress Avenue, Ben White, IH 35 and St. Edwards Drive.

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  • Austin Bergstrom International Airport Designation of I-35 as the NAFTA Corridor Master planning of South Congress Avenue Designation of South Congress Avenue as a major transit corridor Completion of the Interchange at Ben White and I 35
  • In a mutually agreeable fashion we have the opportunity to update the current land uses parameters of Area 8. With the right tools we can comprehensively plan for our future and vastly improve South Austin In a mutually agreeable fashion we have the opportunity to update the current land uses parameters of Area 8. With the right tools we can comprehensively plan for our future and vastly improve South Austin In a mutually agreeable fashion we have the opportunity to update the current land uses parameters of Area 8. With the right tools we can comprehensively plan for our future and vastly improve South Austin
  • This will provide substantial employment opportunities for residents to walk to work. 0(40) Light Industrial Infill Many sites designated Li since 1940’s Current real estate market declares to never change zoning Adjacent to Single family enclave Concerns about noise and public health, safety and welfare
  • Near major roads, the airport,
  • Community Planning

    1. 1. A Bolder Vision for South Central Austin Community Planning Austin, Texas 1998
    2. 2. LIVABILITY CONCERNS <ul><li>Mix- use development has stalled </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmented land uses and zoning are not compatible </li></ul><ul><li>Crime prostitution, drug dealing were permeating Willow Springs community </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental degradation to Blunn Creek </li></ul>
    3. 3. University of Texas Community Visioning <ul><li>Brainstorm together to recommend workable future land uses, transportation and community improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Review and analyze present conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations regarding natural and built environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct mapping exercises of the study area </li></ul><ul><li>Present group outcomes </li></ul>
    4. 6. <ul><li>Place office buildings and hotels along the southern border ( Ben White Blvd.) </li></ul><ul><li>Three or four story multi- family apartments, </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of the great Hill Country and downtown view potential by placing two or three residential towers in the interior of the area. </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy new mix- use of shopping, restaurants and other amenities. </li></ul><ul><li>Dense housing could be very attractive for people seeking employment, recreation, pleasant living </li></ul>
    5. 9. SHARED VISION <ul><li>Place office buildings and hotels along the southern border ( Ben White Blvd.) </li></ul><ul><li>Three or four story multi- family apartments, w Two story near greenway of Blunn Creek </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of the great Hill Country and downtown view by placing two or three residential towers in the interior of the area. </li></ul><ul><li>This will provide substantial employment opportunities for residents to walk to work. </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy new mix- use of shopping, restaurants and other amenities. </li></ul><ul><li>South Congress dense housing could be very attractive for people seeking employment, recreation, and pleasant living </li></ul>
    6. 11. Sustainable Urban Design <ul><li>Mix of uses </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency of building facades </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporating natural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Community spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Amenities </li></ul>
    7. 12. IDLE IN AUSTIN <ul><li>“ Hot Spots” for big box retail </li></ul><ul><li>Clog up interchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Massive parking lots </li></ul><ul><li>High trip generators </li></ul><ul><li>Heat Island </li></ul><ul><li>Cumulative effects </li></ul><ul><li>Just plain ugly! </li></ul>

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