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Red River Clubs Grapple With Downtown Homelessness
Beggars, hustlers, and dealers make you wonder how Downtown music keeps from going under
News Story  February 2, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Venue owners and club workers on Red River are growing increasingly worried that the legions of beggars, hustlers, drug dealers, and homeless are creating an unappealing business environment on the walkable music strip. With rental prices in Austin's central business district increasing faster than those citywide, Downtown clubs now need to appeal to wider audiences – a challenging task when the music district overlaps with Austin's centralized consortium of transients...."

Cheer Up Charlie's New Red River Digs
East Sixth fixture moves into storied space with warm gay memories
DAILY The Gay Place  December 30, 2013, by Kate X Messer and Sarah Marloff
"...The move to Red River means a chance for growth for Cheer Up Charlie's. The city's recent decree of the Red River Cultural District, means potentially fewer hassles and clearer boundaries for what club owners can and cannot do with their spaces..."

Playback: Red River Optimist John Wickham
Red River poker king John Wickham remains optimistic, Nazis stab concertgoers at Trailer Space, and Fun Fun Fun Fest gets its acre at Auditorium Shores
Music Column  August 13, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...When Wickham and a couple of friends combined their savings to purchase his favorite hangout, Atomic Cafe, from the parents of deceased buddy Randall Goodwin in 2001, Red River wasn't the entertainment district it is today...."

Playback: Holy Mountain and Red 7 in Danger of Losing Leases
Could the Red River Cultural District be losing two of its landmark live music venues?
Music Column  May 14, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...The platinum value of property in our central business district doesn't bode well for music venues in the area. Case in point: neighboring Seventh Street clubs Red 7 and Holy Mountain are fighting to renew their leases in the face of rent increases..."

Red 7 Will Close/Sidewinder Will Open
Red 7 and Red Eyed Fly partners join forces in a new venue
DAILY Music  August 5, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...The merger represents solidarity in the Red River Cultural District, a vibrant entertainment strip recently challenged by rent increases and encroaching development as embodied by Red 7’s sister venue Holy Mountain being forced to close because of a rent hike. Since that announcement in June, area business leaders have worked to save Red 7 from the same fate...."

Austin's Cultural Makeover: The Next Stage
How much closer we are to getting the cultural wonderland we imagined 10 years ago
Arts Story  September 7, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Children's Museum launched the city's cultural makeover in 1992 with construction of the Dell Discovery Center (above), a replacement for the 5,000-square-foot space on West Fifth that the museum had been leasing for five years. With aid from Schlotzsky's and Downtown property owner John Woolley, the museum secured a 10-year rent-free lease on an old plastics factory in Downtown's Warehouse District and raised $4.8 million to transform it into a 20,000-square-foot museum..."

Playback: Still Weary
Weary Boys reunite, Red River vies for cultural district designation, and MusicMania to close
Music Column  September 27, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...Top that, Antone's. Red River Cultural District..."

Playback: Live Music and Lodging
Hotel Indigo to break ground on Red River as Max Frost breaks the same with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on his Atlantic Records debut
Music Column  April 4, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Last Wednesday, a group representing the Red River Cultural District, including Mohawk owner James Moody, Holy Mountain partner James Taylor, and Austin Music People (AMP) Executive Director Jennifer Houlihan, met with the developers to welcome them to the neighborhood and open a dialogue about the hotel's impact on the area's live music ecosystem...."

Austin Creative Alliance's Summit Report
The service organization moves beyond talk with four ideas on how the city can expand its cultural infrastructure
Arts Story  April 14, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Building on the idea of the Red River Cultural District, the Creative Enterprise Zone would preserve established live music clubs, especially in the blocks between Seventh and 10th streets, and also make zoning changes and add development incentives to make it easier for other creative entities (art galleries, small theatres, comedy clubs, a music museum) to be established in that area, as well as bring in rehearsal and studio spaces and co-op housing for creatives. The idea is to drive more tourism to the area and to maximize creative activity in the area around the clock. 3) Concert Hall and Education Campus..."

Protect and Preserve
How can we keep Austin's cultural heritage authentic?
News Story  July 23, 2015, by Cindy Widner
"...Restricted access and revenue could bankrupt the clubs. The call went out to fight on every front, from calling code enforcement to demanding action from District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo...."

Smoke Signals
Red River's live music venue owners fear Austin's newly proposed smoking ordinance – with good reason
Music Story  April 15, 2005, by Darcie Stevens
"...(See News, p.32.) According to such accounts, smaller neighborhood bars and venues are the first to go. Locally, that coincides with the heart of Austin's rock scene, the Red River district, where the Live Music Capital's lifeblood pumps every single night...."

Mayor’s Omnibus Resolution: Actualization Is Hard
Moving into Phase II
Music Story  February 23, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...26 the mayor posted another proposal, this one a draft resolution pursuing the Music & Creative Ecosystem initiative previously approved by Council, with $475,000 designated in this year's budget for implementation. Adler's resolution would direct staff to move forward with four elements: 1) a case study for extended venue hours in the Red River Cultural District; 2) $200,000 in "transition funding" for performing arts venues; 3) $75,000 to implement a "Revenue Development Platform"; and 4) $200,000 for "creation of an Entertainment Services Group and the Nightlight Initiative."..."

Playback: Holy Mountain Closing Oct. 1
Holy Mountain falls prey to skyrocketing rents Downtown
Music Column  June 25, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Under the ownership of Taylor and Jared Cannon, Bart Butler, Niraj Mehdiratta, Ryan Cano, and Aaron Berkowitz, the 200-capacity club made all the right moves to remain relevant: nurturing homegrown acts, hosting rising (inter)nationals (like Kate Tempest's recent sellout), and participating in festivals including South by Southwest, Chaos in Tejas, Fun Fun Fun, and Weird City Hip-Hop. They also became models of community involvement, with Taylor spearheading Red River Cultural District initiatives...."

Playback: Patio Smoking Ban in Flames
The Central Health Equity Policy Council's efforts to ban smoking on smoking patios meets with community resistance
Music Column  August 18, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"..."I told them they needed to talk to the people it impacts before going to Council," says Houston, whose District 1 includes several smoking patio-equipped music venues like Sahara Lounge and Skylark Lounge...."

City Council: Bad Apples
Council wades through the Red River Cultural District
News Story  October 25, 2013, by Michael King
"...Council also managed to address a couple of vexed questions, most surprisingly Austin Water Impact fees – closing the meeting with an initial vote to raise them across the city to the maximum, part of an effort to help make "growth pay for itself." It was a first vote only, so the matter may return in a somewhat adjusted form. With a wave of their hands they ended tubing on and swimming in the eastern end of the Colo­rado (see "The Secret's Out," p.20), and with just a little more strain added Rainey Street to the Density Bonus Program, and established the Red River Cultural District...."

Council Reconsiders Committee Structure
"We can make the process more efficient and effective”
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Michael King
"...Garza echoes much of what Pool said, even more skeptically: "What's that definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?" She acknowledged supporting the changes when first installed in 2015 – "We were the first 10-1 Council, and we wanted to consider different ways of doing things" – but has concluded, "It doesn't seem to have accomplished what I envisioned it would accomplish." She mentioned both the loss of time and efficiency, and opportunities to work on other Council and District 2 priorities...."

ACL Fest Official Late Night Shows Venue Guide
Because after the show it’s the afterparty
DAILY Music  September 21, 2016
"...A bar featuring DJs splices between the two. The venue has been instrumental in swinging the Red River Cultural District eastward. [image-6] Lamberts 401 W..."

Mayor Muses 2017 Goals
"Downtown puzzle," music initiative among his priorities
News Story  December 29, 2016, by Michael King
"...In brief, Adler brainstorms a "comprehensive" approach to funding all these various Downtown-related initiatives, which he sees as "pieces of a puzzle" best considered as a whole. The memo floats various overlapping ideas for tax increment or public improvement district financing, for a potential "comprehensive, integrated vision of one possible way to approach the future of a part of the downtown core and how it might serve as a major engine for preservation and progress."..."

Playback – Omnibus: Destination Unknown
Vetting City Hall's recommendations to Mayor Adler's arts Omnibus and unveiling Sound on Sound Fest's Renaissance location and debut lineup
Music Column  June 30, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Whether they play it safe and run it up the gut or go deep depends on whose viewpoints are heard. There are myriad voices in that conversation: the respective music and arts commissions, Riedie's Creative Alliance, the Red River Cultural District Merchants Association, Austin Music People, and, potentially, a consortium of music venue owners...."

Playback: Mosaic Sound Collective Comes Into Focus
Mosaic Sound Collective's music hub and ancient atmospheric Adam Torres point to the future
Music Column  February 23, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Barracuda partner Jason McNeely reports the meeting opened doors for increased communication going forward, while APD's message remained the same: Call the cops when you see something illegal. The Red River Cultural District is working toward gating the alleyway between Beerland and Sidewinder, currently a popular place for sex, drugs, and toiletry...."

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