Guadalupe Corridor Plan Meeting

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AURA says
So the Guadalupe Corridor study started long ago, in Fall 2014. Consultants did an analysis of how The Drag was used by cars, by people, by transit riders, and by businesses. They have finally brought back recommendations on how to make it work better.

The Drag is one of the most important streets in Austin - it borders the densest neighborhood in the state, has the highest pedestrian traffic in the city outside of 6th street on a Saturday night, and fronts on The University of Texas, Austin's original mixed use development, and the reason Austin exists.

The Drag is also an incredibly important transportation corridor: with Lamar and (currently closed) Red River it's one of 3 central city streets that run from downtown to north of UT without a lot of interruption. In this service, it carries thousands of cars per day. It is also on the route of some of the city's most important bus routes - the 1, 3, 5, 801, 803, carrying more than 23,000 riders a day.

It's also decidedly not a great street. As a pedestrian environment, it's sub-par: the sidewalks on the west side are cracked, broken, and shadeless; on the East side, UT has erected a Brutalist wall that cramps pedestrians and suppresses street life. This street, which could be the heart of UT life, is avoided by students and townies alike, except as a means of getting from one place to another. And it doesn't even work at that - at rush hour, the road is choked with traffic, bad for both motorists and transit riders.

The City of Austin is having a public meeting to release the results of their corridor planning and a list of recommendations. This is a HUGE OPPORTUNITY for urbanism in Austin. We're not sure what the recommendations are going to be, but there are a lot of good options - Great Street style sidewalks and street trees (think 2nd/3rd streets); transit priority lanes; tearing down the UT Wall. These recommendations are not set in stone, so we want people there to be ENTHUSIASTIC about urbanism, OPPOSED TO CAR CULTURE and to push for the best possible outcome in this critical corridor.
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By: AURA

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