Originally Posted by JACKinNYC
And a more lively downtown doesn't happen because of densification. That will just create more traffic. A lively downtown is the result of thoughtful planning/zoning and subsequent resulting businesses such as restaurants, bars, stores and other people friendly storefronts and businesses, as well as pedestrian friendly planning, at the street level.
You're contradicting yourself. Population densification does not create more traffic in and of itself. If anything, your idea of blindly building more storefronts without population densification will do just that. Drive by the corner of 6th & Red River on a Thursday night. Now drive by that same corner on a Friday morning. You may get an idea of what storefronts without residents results in.
You don't go downtown much, do you? And if you do, it's at night, right? Austin is anything but lively during the day - perhaps with the exception of Congress - and I would argue that it's downtown already has more storefronts than any other downtown West of the Mississippi and East of the Rockies.
Your insistance on maintaining corridors that come at such a large expense leads me to believe that the closest you often get to downtown is on the very same road you insist needs protection. If I were to view the corridors from that same populist/socialist perspective, I would argue that densifying downtown Austin will come as a benefit to public housing, our city's crumbling infrastructure of utilities, our city's tax base, and our city's promise to become more sensitive to environmental concerns such as water quality and carbon emmissions.
Or yes, we could keep the I-35 corridors and status quo.