Public Notice: Bridges to Forever

Different ways to get from here to there


Master wood carver David Amdur created this tile for the Larry Monroe Forever Bridge. (Photo by Ave Bonar)

This Saturday, June 20, friends of Larry Monroe will come together to honor the legendary and beloved Austin deejay and musicologist, with the dedication and blessing of the Larry Monroe Forever Bridge, created by Larry's partner Ave Bonar, mosaic artist Stefanie Distefano, and a team of more than 100 volunteers, working through the Artwork Donation program of Austin's Art in Public Places over the past six months to create a mosaic with custom tiles in Larry's honor. There's a dedication ceremony, with a musical program and more, from 10-11am at the pavilion at Little Stacy Park (1500 Alameda). Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo will then accept the artwork donation on behalf of the city of Austin. The bridge itself is just south of there, in the 1500 block of East Side Drive, between Big Stacy and Little Stacy Parks. If you can't make it Saturday morning, drop by sometime and pay your respects.


On the Other Hand

Last issue, everything was about the planning agendas at various city governmental bodies: The Planning Com­mission, Zoning and Platting Commission, City Council, and Council's Planning and Neighborhoods Committee all had weighty issues to consider this week. Next week the theme is public input. In addition to the Zero Food Waste event going on today and Friday (see "Civics 101"), there is a variety of town halls and public forums examining where Austin is headed: big picture presentations from both Imagine Austin and CodeNEXT, the mayor and Cap Metro CEO talking about transportation, job interviews, and more.

CodeNEXT Brown Bag: The Basics of Form-Based Code: "Put simply, a form-based code is a way to regulate development that controls building form first and building use second, with the purpose of achieving a particular type of 'place' or built environment based on a community vision." It's a tool that the CodeNEXT team, tasked with working through the massive rewrite of the city's land development code, is very high on, and they'd like to explain to you why that is, "and how we can make Austin work better for everyone." Meet with the CodeNEXT team, including reps from the city, and lead consultant Opticos Design. Tuesday, June 23, noon-1:30pm at the Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. Learn more about FBCs, and RSVP for the event, at www.codenext.bloomfire.com.

Turning Panic and Apathy Into Proactive and Sustainable Solutions: Breaking the Traditional Cycle of Water Planning in Our Region: Panelists, including Greg Meszaros, director of Austin Water, and John Hofmann, executive VP of the Lower Colorado River Authority, will discuss water planning and answer questions on climate change, what the recent rains mean for the drought, and "Is there enough water for everyone? How about in 25 years when our population is expected to double?" Presented by the Imagine Austin Speaker Series on Wednesday, June 24, 7pm at the G.W. Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. RSVP at www.austintexas.gov/imagineaustin.

MobilityATX, "Austin's Traffic Solution Forum," is hosting a town hall on Tuesday, June 23, at the Google Fiber space at 201 Colorado. Participants include Mayor Steve Adler and Capital Metro CEO Linda Watson, in a panel discussion on "Mobility ATX user ideas, Austin's transportation solutions, and your questions." Welcome reception 6-7pm, with the program at 7-8:30pm. Preregister at www.mobilityatx.com.

Cultural Arts Program Manager Interviews: The city of Austin's Cultural Arts Division, a division of the Economic Development Department, oversees the funding process for artists and arts organizations, public arts programs, and programs to assist the electronic, film, and interactive industries, and creative sectors. There's a public meeting Wednesday, June 24, to meet candidates for this position – Cohn Drennan (Dal­las), Anna L. Langdell (London, UK), and Gary T. Mar­golis (San Diego, Calif.) – and provide input about the hiring. 6-7:30pm at the Long Center's Kodosky Lounge, 701 W. Riverside. Free parking in the Palmer garage. For more, see www.austintexas.gov/department/cultural-arts.

A Night for Movement will be a fun introduction to The Movement Tracks Project, being launched by the Austin-based Center for Music Therapy, to create new methods for music composition and recording that can improve the walking of adults with Parkinson's disease and of children with cerebral palsy. Friday, June 19, 6-8pm, at Central Market North. Free. Live Music from the band El Tule, celebrating the release of their fourth album, Cuatro, plus interactive activities for kids and adults, and a beer tasting provided by Saint Arnold Brewery. Info at www.centerformusictherapy.com.

Blues on the Green is back next Wednesday, June 24, in Zilker Park – and Austin B-cycle is providing extra services for the monthly event. They have a Zilker Park station with valet parking from 5:30-10:30pm, and early arrivals can come to Barton Springs & Kinney Street between 5-8pm, and grab a ticket good for $5 off your tab at Shady Grove, Uncle Billy's, or Hey Cupcake. More info at www.austinbcycle.com.

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