Sharing a Vision for East Austin

The Reconnect Austin team had a very productive meeting with the Blackland Neighborhood Association and UT representatives on Wednesday evening, where we had an opportunity to discuss our ideas for mutually-beneficial development in the East Austin community.  Below are the diagrams that were shared.

Here’s an aerial view of the area as it currently exists:

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Here’s the same view with the addition of tennis courts and UT graduate student town homes (housing-wrapped blocks with parking and gardens on the interior) east of I-35:

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Finally, here’s the vision for the Blackland Neighborhood and UT with a cap over I-35 and the re-routing of Red River, which opens up land for the development of much-needed parking directly next to the football stadium, a basketball arena, and well-connected surface boulevards that help to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment:

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A Vision for a Reconnected Austin

Imagine turning Austin’s greatest barrier—I-35—into Austin’s greatest connector. Great Streets connecting across the freeway, on bridges so wide you hardly notice the traffic underneath. Frontage roads that function as city streets, comfortable for bicyclists and pedestrians. A reconstituted grid that breaks through downtown’s ring of congestion, providing transit facilities and options for all needs.

We present: Great Streets. Great Bridges. Great Connections.

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(Click to enlarge) Phase 1: Great connections and humane streets for all users.

When the main lanes are depressed, structures will be put in place to support a future cap over the freeway. As a City initiative, Phase 2 will entail a full cap, with even better connections and amenities.