Visions and Visionaries
ROMA Design Group is hard at work on the initial research stage of the Downtown Austin Plan. Finishing up the first round of stakeholder interviews, begun in mid-May, the consulting group is also concluding an Analysis of Baseline Conditions. A community survey, which provides an opportunity and venue for all Austinites to chime in with their hopes and dreams for Downtown, soon will be available at www.downtownaustinplan.org. Out of Phase I will emerge an action plan with a set of prioritized recommendations, which ROMA plans to deliver before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, that visionary architect Sinclair Black is celebrating his team's recent selection to produce a master plan for the Downtown Alliance/San Antonio and the city of San Antonio. Teamed with Moule & Polyzoides, an internationally recognized California architecture and urban-planning firm, Black will help master-plan 194 acres of urban land that includes the north extension of the Riverwalk and major corridors. Black found the job award especially sweet, given that the same team was short-listed then clumsily taken out of the running for the Downtown Austin Plan last year, in a manner that Black found highly questionable.