The organization uses community input from surveys along these lines to research improvements for downtown issues like parking shortages, so they’ll probably appreciate your hot takes more than random folks on the street. I’ll let them explain:
When you picture downtown in 10 or 15 years, what do you see?
The Downtown Austin Alliance is committed to preserving and enhancing the value and vitality of downtown Austin. Downtown’s continued progress and growth present significant opportunities for our city, and we are facilitating a community dialogue to create a Vision and Action Plan for downtown Austin. We are also committing the leadership and action to make it happen.
Gotcha. As we all ought to know, downtown’s great, but it’s also got some issues. Abandoned buildings, overwhelmed homeless outreach programs directly in the path of development, an affordable housing shortage, parking enforcement that writes me a ticket even though I clearly put the stupid sticker on my windshield — whatever particular bees are riding around in your bonnet, now’s the time to sound off.
Even if you don’t live downtown, plenty of folks do, with new residential towers breaking ground seemingly every time I turn around. Besides, improvements to the downtown experience will serve everyone — whether you live here, work here, or visit once a year, you’ve probably got some opinions rattling around upstairs. You might even win a prize!
Complete the survey (including your contact information) and you’ll be entered to win one of four fantastic downtown prize packages:
- Downtown Staycation – Two Nights at the W Hotel + Spa Package
- COUNTER 3. Five. VII – Seven Course Meal with Wine Pairing for Two
- Night Out at the Paramount – Two Tickets to the Paramount Theatre
- Lady Bird Lake Adventure – Kayak Rental for Two
I’ve taken the survey myself, and it’s a breeze — ten minutes, tops. Once you get past the agree/disagree questions there’s some space to write any comments you like about what you like downtown and what you don’t.
Personally, I used the opportunity to scream incoherently about affordable housing options for downtown’s service industry workforce, a downtown-adjacent supermarket that isn’t Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and the mind control device hidden in the crown of the Frost Bank Tower that makes hundreds of grackles gather outside my home and watch me through my windows.
Just kidding about that last part. The grackle is king of the birds.