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Faster Than Sound: Pop Goes the Arts District
Fight over an empty lot near Riverside Drive intensifies, Xetas’ Kana Harris will open Bluebonnet Records in Lockhart, and Why Bonnie get a peachy opening gig
Music Column  January 10, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe
"...A large, empty swath of land sits behind an H-E-B near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Pleasant Valley Road. It's planned to house a new "Pop-Up Riverside Arts District," which was supposed to be up and running by Jan 1..."

Arts & Entertainment
Best of Austin Story  September 15, 2000
"...Best Entertainment DistrictRed River Between Sixth & 10th..."

Band of Masked Thugs
Postmarks  January 11, 2019
"...Dear Editor, Re: the Riverside Arts District ["Faster Than Sound: Pop Goes the Arts District," Music, Jan. 11]: Every time I think of Defend Our Hoodz, I think of a band of masked thugs..."

Bubba Likes It
Barton Springs and Riverside: A Separate Place
News Story  December 6, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The times they have a-changed, and the geography of the river's edge with them, and now the old South Shore bottomlands are the pleasant parkland banks of Town Lake and the charming, amenity-filled district adjoining them. Well, sorta charming..."

The South Bank
Arts Story  December 4, 1998, by Robert Faires
"...By itself, the Palmer project represents a substantial step forward for Austin in regard to the arts (not to mention a huge stride for South Austin in that regard). But taken in terms of all the performing arts facilities also on the South Shore -- some already in existence, some in development -- Palmer becomes the cornerstone for something even more dramatic: a performing arts district along the Colorado's southern bank...."

Big career moves for a couple of Austin playwrights and big parties thrown by a couple of Austin arts organizations.
Arts Column  March 2, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...Once again, the visual arts spaces in the block bounded by 17th Street, Lavaca, 18th Street, and Guadalupe are working to build a sense of their area as a cultural destination. Four years ago, several art galleries in the same location coined the term Uptown Cultural District to describe that corner of town and promoted it with special events and ties to neighborhood restaurants and bars..."

You Do Not Tear Down Landmarks
Music Story  February 4, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...And whatever happened to the idea of developing the area around Liberty Lunch into a West End arts district? Remember that one? Introduced into local public discourse four or five years ago, that plan involved encouraging arts-oriented businesses to move into the depressed area, which at that time counted little more than Liberty Lunch and nearby La Zona Rosa as residents. Officially, no one faction ever really moved on the West End Arts idea, but lo and behold, suddenly up rose the Austin Music Hall and a parking lot to go with it, as well as a vibrant Fourth Street corridor anchored by thriving hubs of social activity like Waterloo Brewing Company and Ruta Maya Coffee House...."

Antone’s in, Beauty Ballroom Out
'Home of the Blues' moves east
DAILY Music  February 4, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Two weeks ago, when Hendrix went public with Antone’s ceding its warehouse district corner for new arts venture Project Infest, he listed Beauty Ballroom as a possible headquarters for Austin’s world famous “Home of the Blues.” Not nearly as surprising as his revelations last week of a two-month negotiation with C3 over Emo’s, this latest news at least resolves the question of Antone’s future...."

El Coyote
Music Story  June 16, 1995
"...Owner Bernardo "Benny" Romero still books the same traditional style that was popular when he entered the club business 26 years ago. He started off on Sixth Street (back when the "arts district" was better known for conjunto than frat boys) with clubs named Las Palomitas and La Plaza, which featured the likes of Austin legend Johnny Degollado..."

The Big Picture Map
A comprehensive map of Town Lake Corridor public and private development projects
News Story  January 19, 2007
"...Waterfront Overlay District Within the WO District, all shoreline land that fronts directly on Town Lake (or on its contributory creeks) is protected as open space by city ordinance; the ordinance prohibits new development within primary (red on the map) and secondary (orange) setbacks (of varying widths)...."

Magic Time
Oh, the sights you'll see at First Night Austin
Arts Story  December 28, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...As before, the event is for the entire community; it's family-friendly and alcohol-free, as well as just plain free. Activities stretch from Cesar Chavez at Congress to Auditorium Shores, including City Hall, the First Street Bridge, and the 2nd Street District, with performances and installations on plazas, sidewalks, balconies, building facades, under bridges – in short, anywhere..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  February 8, 2002
"...To make AISD profitable from its current break-even state, one must either increase revenue or cut costs. Edison can't increase revenue because they can't control tuition (the district's budgeted per-pupil expenditure) or the amount of students attending, the way private schools can...."

Wrong John, Wrong Reason
Columns  August 12, 1999
"...I referred to "Town Lake Park as it appears today, a barren 80-acre wasteland of asphalt, a great opportunity waiting to happen." 2. As to "retail on the first floor of the parking garage," I said, "There is an ordinance in the Central Business District which requires the first floor of parking garages to be retail..."

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..."

Event Listings
Features Story  June 4, 2010
"...$20 ($15, advance with a VIP option also available)."

Fusebox Festival Schedule
Arts Story  April 23, 2010
"... Magda Sayeg (Austin). 2nd Street District...."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  February 23, 2007
"...27. The rally draws attention to new developments proposed directly on the shores of Town Lake, which are seeking variances from the city to build closer to the shoreline than allowed in the Waterfront Overlay District..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 19, 2002
"...Judge is, technically, a Senior United States District Judge. A federal judge over 70 years of age can, if he wishes, elect senior status, allowing him some control over how full a docket he has..."

Austin's Artspace Crisis and Microvenues
Are home art galleries and mini-performance venues the answer to the space crunch?
Arts Story  June 21, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Well, that depends on how you define "a lot," and what you think a city that proudly touts itself as a capital of the creative class ought to have in its Downtown. If you look at the area between I-35 on the east and Lamar Boulevard on the west, Lady Bird Lake on the south and MLK on the north, back in the days before the Warehouse District revival took off, you find about two dozen performance and visual arts spaces: seven in which local companies produced theatre (including the Paramount and what was then the State); two comedy hot spots, Esther's Pool and the Velveeta Room; two art museums, Mexic-Arte and Austin Museum of Art – Downtown (one of the Contemporary's predecessors); and 12 or so art galleries...."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  February 1, 2002
"...Henson's misgivings have been voiced by many others before. In July 2000, the 299th Judicial District Grand Jury issued an unprecedented report voicing "concerns about entrapment issues as well as the use of questionable probable cause circumstances such as 'appearing nervous or having a taillight not working.'" That these comments presaged Enlow's actions by nine months tells you his behavior is part of an ongoing problem at APD...."

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