Thursday, August 11, 2011
Borrow your father’s Ferrari (or a Cap Metro bus route) and join Ferris for his Day Off on 6th Street Sunday, Sept. 11. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Parkside restaurant present a free Rolling Roadshow screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Prior to the show is a street party complete with street food, rum and beer tents in the 500 block of San Jacinto, between Fifth and Sixth Streets. With a $5 suggested donation, the street party and Rolling Roadshow will benefit the 6ixth Street Austin Association, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Historic Sixth Street Entertainment District.
Sponsors: Don Q Rum, Dos Equis Cerveza, Yelp, the Austin Chronicle, Alamo Drafthouse and Parkside.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11. Bring your own lawn chair for maximum slacking comfort!
You don’t have to wait until Sept. 11 to get started. Pick a project on your building and get it done! Here some easy stuff that you can do to make a difference:
- Wash your windows.
- Paint your trim & doors.
- Clean your sign/awning.
- Remove flyers, banners.
- Replace light bulbs.
- Paint your facade.
As you may have noticed, E. 6th Street sidewalks are looking cleaner these days thanks to City of Austin crews scrubbing sidewalks with a new Cyclone machine and Downtown Austin Alliance maintenance following up with gum removal. 6ixth Street Austin has been working with both organizations to coordinate efforts. Also, lamppost banners, celebrating the historic district, are up.
Now, downtown residents, business and property owners have a chance to refresh the district. Drop us an e-mail at to let us know what you will be doing to improve your building. Then, join us that night at 6th and San Jacinto for a free screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (see Ferris Bueller story).
Thursday, May 5, 2011
6ixth Street Austin, an association of property and business owners in the Historic Sixth Street Entertainment District, supports adoption of the Downtown Austin Plan (DAP), but encourages amendments regarding conditional use permits and permanent supportive housing location.
The DAP is a visionary document that includes Historic Sixth Street as a priority. We wish to thank the planners, city staff, and appointed and elected officials for recognizing the importance of our historic district and the vision for it as an 18-hour-a-day, mixed-use destination.
6ixth Street Austin strongly opposes changing cocktail lounges to a conditional use. While we share the goals of diverse uses, requiring conditional use permits for cocktail lounges in CBD zoning is the wrong tool. It is ripe for significant unintended consequences, including inhibiting a property owner’s ability to lease property, which could lead to vacant properties and economic instability. Because we share the goals of diverse and day-round uses, we have taken and are increasing voluntary efforts to coordinate with individual property owners, 6ixth Street Austin, Downtown Austin Alliance and others to market our vision and recruit tenants toward those opportunities. We believe that together we can improve the vitality of our district and make it a source of cultural and economic pride for all Austinites.
The DAP makes important recommendations on housing the chronically homeless. A comprehensive plan for social service delivery and housing to guide decision-making and investment is an absolute must. However, permanent supportive housing and single room occupancy units must be scatted city-wide and should not be added downtown, which already contains a disproportionately large concentration of social services immediately adjacent to our centers of nightlife, entertainment and tourism. That co-location has produced significant public order issues and disinvestment, which could be mitigated with longer-term housing opportunities. Those opportunities should not be near existing social services and entertainment areas, not only for the neighborhood but also for the need of supportive housing residents to overcome the cycles and obstacles to more stable and independent lives.
We hope the Downtown Austin Plan will serve as a road map for downtown’s future. We are encouraged that it prioritizes Historic Sixth Street’s needs including parking solutions, public restrooms in downtown, and robust way-finding system with real-time transit and parking information. With adoption of the DAP, the aforementioned requested amendments and an associated 10-year action plan, we are optimistic that the DAP will indeed build on Historic Sixth Street’s global brand and help us to improve it as a high-quality daytime and nighttime destination.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Michael Knox, Downtown Officer for City of Austin
Co-project manager for Downtown Austin Plan
Jim Robertson, Urban Design Manger for City of Austin
Co-project manager for Downtown Austin Plan
For more information or to read the full Downtown Austin Plan, click here.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Pick a project on your building and get it done! Here some easy stuff that you can do to make a difference:
• Wash your windows
• Paint your trim & doors
• Clean your sign / awning
• Remove flyers, banners
• Replace light bulbs
• Paint your facade
City of Austin crews will be on hand scrubbing sidewalks and Downtown Austin Alliance maintenance crews will be there too. Lamppost banners, celebrating the historic district, will be up by Sunday in time for the Cleanup, SXSW and the busy spring season.
Now, downtown residents, business and property owners have a chance to refresh the district. Drop an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to weigh in on what you will be doing to improve your building, even if it is a little after Sunday, March 6.