Mobile Workshop: Exploring the Best of Austin’s Downtown

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This mobile workshop will explore the best of Austin’s emerging and established walkable and bikable urbanism in downtown. We will walk over to Guadalupe and talk about what is happening next in this important corridor. We will hop on a bus to Republic Square, where we will discuss the historic importance of the square, how it was restored, and the role it plays in connecting active transportation. Next we will travel the Shoal Creek trail to the historic Seaholm Power Plant, new Seaholm District, and the new Central Library. After a stop inside the new library and discussion of how the building was planned with community space in mind (inside and out), we will walk Austin’s most famous Great Street, 2nd St. We will discuss how great streets came about, how modes of transportation were re-prioritized and how improvements to the street were used to catalyze over $1 Billion in new tax base, walking from the newly built portions at the Butterfly Bridge through to the new Fair Ground at 2nd and Congress. We will walk up Congress Ave., the Main Street of Texas, travel the Lance Armstrong Bikeway on the 3rd St. and make our way back to 4th and Lavaca, where we will ride the bus to the ATT Center. Along the way there will be information about each key element opportunity for lots of discussion.

About the Presenters:

31997933_heyden_on_s._congressHeyden Black Walker, CNU-A, is an urban planner with Black + Vernooy, former teacher, and mother of two young adults in Austin, Texas. She co-founded Reconnect Austin, a community-based call to lower and cover the main lanes of I-35, creating a vision for a multimodal corridor that reconnects communities. Heyden holds a Masters in Community in Regional Planning from UT-Austin and serves on the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, Multimodal Community Advisory Committee, Bond Corridor Focus Group; the Congress for the New Urbanism; VisionZeroATX; and Walk Austin. Heyden is a 2016 Fellow of the national Walking College.

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Adam Greenfield is an urbanist and community organizer. He is founder of Streets For All, the Plaza Perspective urban design blog, and the Built Curious urban design walking tours. His work focuses on transforming streets into more socially oriented public spaces through block parties, street fairs, and other neighborhood-level street activations.

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